SOURCE: Arbor Day FoundationDESCRIPTION:
Local impact happens when community-based tree planting organizations create projects that involve citizens, schools, churches, and government. This is the work of the more than 150 members of the Alliance for Community Trees program. These passionate nonprofit organizations are the boots on the ground — a grass-roots network united in their purpose of improving communities and towns across the country with trees.
One benefit of membership is direct support to help newly formed nonprofits get up and running. The Larkfield Resilience Fund was created in the wake of the 2017 Tubbs Fire that left the unincorporated community of Larkfield in ashes. The goal of this organization is to provide support for Larkfield residents as they continue to rebuild. As a new Alliance for Community Trees member, the Larkfield Resilience Fund shared its desire to replant the devastated tree canopy. Through determination and ongoing support from the Foundation, the organization has distributed 260 more trees to area homeowners.
Another benefit for Alliance for Community Trees members is access to volunteers ready to dig right in. Many of our corporate partners are seeking opportunities to help their employees become more involved in their communities. Alliance for Community Trees members have the ability to connect with these larger organizations and engage their employees in tree planting and distribution. This ongoing activation has powered more than 100 events thanks to employee volunteers from organizations such as Enterprise Rent-A-Car, FedEx, Target, and TD Bank.
With more than 90% of Americans living and working in towns and metropolitan areas, the need for informed action on a local level is greater than ever. The Alliance for Community Trees is an integral part of making that happen. The network members help deliver our shared mission in the communities they serve.Contact Info:
Arbor Day Foundation
+1 (402) 473-9563
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