by Shelby Durden
Chris Buckley is the recipient of the 2016 HandsOn Earth Award for her work with the Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Commission.
The Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Commission is a local, grassroots affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. This organization is made up of volunteer representatives of the public, private and not-for-profit sectors who put forth large time commitments in order to ensure that Jacksonville stays clean and beautiful.
Chris Buckley is the current chair goes above and beyond her call of duty to ensure that this program continues to run smoothly. At any given Keep Jacksonville Beautiful event, meeting, or activity Chris can be found ahead of time setting up and providing food that she spent money out of her own pocket for. She goes out of her way to ensure the volunteers and members of the commission are taken care of at all times.
Meetings and interviews are a necessity with this program in order to keep the citizens involved with what is going on in their city and Chris understands that. She is always willing to do interviews with TV stations before the sun even comes up or meetings with very short notice. This past year she spent her own money and time to attend the Keep America Beautiful National Conference and the Keep America Beautiful State Conference in order to learn new ways to enrich Jacksonville.
She continually provides resources and does so much that the commission for Keep Jacksonville Beautiful never hears about. She puts forth all of her efforts because she cares deeply about Jacksonville and the environment, and not for recognition. Chris Buckley has gone above and beyond to give all of her time and resources to Keep Jacksonville Beautiful. Because of her outstanding leadership, this organization is able to continuously succeed year after year.
Come out and celebrate Chris and other volunteers who give back to our community at this year’s Celebrate GOOD festival, April 17th from 2-6 p.m. at Friendship Fountain. Register for FREE admission at celebrategood.org.