Project AWAKE has been a leader in the community since 1981. In pursuit of it's mission to promote appreciation and awareness of the environment, AWAKE has taken on a wide variety of projects in the Newton community. Over the Years, AWAKE has been responsible for planting thousands of trees in the Newton area. Flower beds can be seen throughout the community, accenting signs and roadways. In the early 1990's, Project AWAKE was the driving force in the restoration of the Rock Island Depot. In 2000, Searsland Park was built just one block East of the Newton square. The hard work of volunteers is noticeable throughout the community.