27. Create service projects

With how many groups do you and your family have an association? Consider your workplace, school, college, place of worship, social club, and service organization. These groups frequently have service projects that could benefit our local forests.

Areas of Interest: Fun for Kids, Networking, Physical Labor, Teaching
Ingredients: NeighborWoods Guidebook, enthusiastic volunteers, ideas of what could be
Directions: Contact the group’s project chair and ascertain when the committee will be considering projects for the year. Ask the group what their current priorities are or if they are open to new ideas. If you have a current project, invite members to participate. People may become inspired after participating in an event.
Suggest the group initiate its own local tree project. Consider ideas appropriate for the membership and suitable for your area. Share this Guidebook as a menu of project choices. Once the group chooses a project, encourage them to take a leadership role. They may look to you to coordinate the event, but ideally, they will take ownership in organizing it. If possible, step aside and let them plan it.
After the event, keep the group informed of your activities. With any luck, the group will take an active role in future projects, with or without you. .
Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders. – Henry David Thoreau