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January 2011: C & P Quality Meats, Whitley County

VOM-1-2011 CP Meats - Tony Thorpe

VOM-1-2011 CP Meats - Tony Thorpe

Eastern Kentucky PRIDE announced today that C & P Quality Meats has won the PRIDE Volunteer of the Month Award. The owner, Tony Thorpe, and his employees earned the award for giving their time and resources to support Whitley County’s cleanup activities.

For the last three years, the team at C & P Quality meats have participated in the PRIDE Spring Cleanup and Roadside PRIDE, which is the fall cleanup campaign. They all volunteer to pick up trash, and Thorpe donates prizes for volunteers.

During the 2010 Spring Cleanup, Thorpe offered a free lunch to volunteers for a cleanup in the Canadatown community, and he paid for a radio commercial to promote the event. His employees picked up litter and received pay as if at work. His group performed 82.5 hours of volunteer service and filled 102 garbage bags.

“We already are planning the next Spring Cleanup, which will be held in April, and it would be great if other businesses followed this example,” said PRIDE’s Mark Davis, who presented a plaque to the business today. “To get involved in PRIDE in Whitley County, please call Judy Brimm at 549-6000.”

The PRIDE Volunteer of the Month program recognizes hard work and dedication to the PRIDE initiative. With corporate sponsorship from TECO Coal, WYMT-TV, the CBS affiliate in Hazard, airs commercials about each PRIDE Volunteer of the Month.

“Volunteers are the backbone of PRIDE,” said Congressman Hal Rogers, who founded PRIDE in 1997. “We wouldn’t be where we are without our volunteers. More than 320,000 volunteers have helped with PRIDE cleanup and education projects. We want to thank TECO Coal for helping PRIDE give these generous people the recognition they deserve.”

In 38 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky, PRIDE links citizens with the resources of local, state and federal agencies to improve the region’s water quality, clean up solid waste problems, and advance environmental education.

If you know a person or group making a difference with PRIDE, please nominate them for the PRIDE Volunteer of the Month Award.

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