The Home Depot Foundation Contributes to Funding Resulting in 9,000 Trees Planted
Beltsville, Md. (October 10, 2006) – The national Alliance for Community Trees (ACT) announces today that 22 local nonprofit organizations from across the country will receive grants through its NeighborWoods program, which is sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation. Totaling $338,850, the grants range from $5,000 to support education, training and the planting of trees in Chicago’s West Side to $35,000 for the restoration of tree canopy in Jefferson and Orleans parishes in Louisiana.
Along with the individual NeighborWoods grants, $1,331,414 in matching funds and in-kind contributions will result in the planting of more than 9,000 trees in the next year. More than 150 private- and public-sector partnerships will be employed to generate nearly 28,000 volunteer hours into the implementation of these projects. More than 600 of The Home Depot associates will be among the volunteers at a minimum of nine sites giving almost 2,000 hours of service.
“Our goal in making these grants is not only to get trees planted in neighborhoods where they are sorely lacking, but to involve residents and educate them about the value of trees and the need for ongoing tree stewardship at the neighborhood level,” said ACT Executive Director Alice Ewen Walker. “Trees make good neighbors – they contribute to people’s sense of well-being and make a community a healthier place to live.”
Since 2005, The Home Depot Foundation has contributed $1.1 million to ACT as part of its commitment to creating healthy, livable communities through the integration of affordable housing and the preservation and restoration of community trees. These funds include $75,000 earmarked for organizations and projects in Gulf Coast communities hard hit by Hurricane Katrina.
“The Home Depot Foundation believes that trees are essential to a supportive, healthy community,” said Kelly Caffarelli, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation. “Trees make significant economic, social and environmental contributions to our communities. We believe trees are an untapped resource that can be used to help cities deal with the pollution of our air and water, cool our city streets, reduce crime, reduce asthma and improve our overall health.”
For a full description of the projects funded through the grant, visit ACT’s Web site at www.actrees.org or go to the Web sites of the individual organizations.
2007 NeighborWoods Grant Awardees:
Baptist Crossroads Foundation (New Orleans, La.): $15,000 for Florida Housing/Katrina Rebuilding in the 9th Ward
Baton Rouge Green (Baton Rouge, La.): $15,000 for City NeighborWoods TreeKeepers
Delaware Center for Horticulture (Wilmington, Del.): $13,670 for Wilmington NeighborWoods Tree Program
G.A.T.E./Trees Indiana (Ft. Wayne, Ind.): $7,075 for Harvester NeighborWoods
Greenscape of Jacksonville (Jacksonville, Fla.): $8,000 for Bruce Park NeighborWoods
Heartland Tree Alliance (Kansas City, Mo.): $12,000 for Heathwood Community Center NeighborWoods
Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain (Biloxi, Miss.): $19,995 for East Biloxi/Pass Christian Katrina Rebuilding
Louisiana Urban Forestry Council (Meterie, La.): $35,000 for Orleans-Jefferson Katrina Rebuilding
Mississippi Urban Forest Council (Statewide, Miss.): $7,500 for Replant Hope Katrina Rebuilding
Nine Mile Run Watershed Association (Wilkinsburg, Pa.): $10,500 for Wilkinsburg GreenLinks
Openlands (Chicago, Ill.): $5,000 for Westside NeighborWoods Tree Garden
Sacramento Tree Foundation (Sacramento, Calif.): $10,000 for Re-Greening Our NeighborWoods
Shreveport Green (Shreveport, La.): $17,500 for MLK NeighborWoods
The Park People (Denver, Colo.): $25,000 for Denver Digs Trees NeighborWoods
Tree New Mexico (Albuquerque, N.M.): $17,500 for South Broadway NeighborWoods
TreePeople (Los Angeles, Calif.): $20,000 for NeighborWoods Partnership Launch
Trees Atlanta (Atlanta, Ga.): $20,000 for NeighborWoods Atlanta
Trees for Houston (Houston, Texas): $20,000 for NeighborWoods Houston
Trees Forever (Des Moines, Iowa): $20,000 for NeighborWoods Des Moines
Trees, Water & People (Ft. Collins, Colo.): $7,500 for Spring Canyon Park NeighborWoods
TreeUtah (Salt Lake City, Utah): $12,350 for NeighborWoods Utah
UC Green (Philadelphia, Pa.): $20,000 for University City NeighborWoods
The Alliance for Community Trees
The Alliance for Community Trees was incorporated in 1993 as a problem-solving center for leaders of community-based urban forestry groups. Its founders shared a vision of healthy, functioning urban ecosystems nurtured by a broad base of community stewards. Today, ACT is a growing network of 94 organizations engaged in urban and community forestry. Its members are involved in grassroots community greening, public education, policymaking, job training, environmental design and other activities that support better urban forest stewardship. Information on ACT and its members can be found at www.actrees.org.
The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot(r) Foundation was created in 2002 to further the community-building goals of The Home Depot by providing additional resources to assist nonprofit organizations building affordable, efficient and healthy homes throughout the United States and Canada. The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to creating healthy, livable communities through the integration of affordable housing built responsibly and the preservation and restoration of community trees. Since its formation, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $25 million to nonprofit and government organizations throughout North America. For more information, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.
For more information, contact:
Alice Ewen Walker, Executive Director
Alliance for Community Trees
Cathy Smith, Community-Based Communications
Alliance for Community Trees