College Park, MD (December 1, 2009)- Congratulations to Citizens for a Better South Florida (Miami, FL) for their winning NeighborWoods Month photo! Their photograph best captured the spirit of volunteerism that thrives in NeighborWoods programs across the nation. The photograph hooked the judges for its cross-generational empowering message of communities coming together to make a difference.
This picture was snapped at Citizens for a Better South Florida’s October 16th NeighborWoods Month event at Francis S. Tucker Elementary School. Together, more than 70 volunteers and local residents joined hands to regreen this school playground and plant many trees in memory of loved ones.
2nd Place: Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest. Team Depot Captain, Felix Fusco, high-fives one of the 35 Home Depot Associates who came to help plant trees. The event, one of six sponsored by FPUF during NeighborWoods Month, planted trees around the Sojourner MOMS House and neighborhood. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl also joined the East Liberty community for the event.
3rd Place: Asheville Greenworks. Despite being situated in the heart of a National Forest, Asheville has affordable housing communities like the French Broad that need more trees. More than 125 volunteers came out to plant 50 trees including 75 Team Depot associates from as far as two hours away. Also in attendance were Mayor Terry M. Bellamy, State Rep. Susan Fisher, and a district field representative for U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler.
a. Student Conservation Association- President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama help plant trees as part of the President’s Call to Service.
b. Citizens for a Better South Florida- A volunteer at the Francis S. Tucker Elementary School planting.
Thanks to everyone who submitted photos for the contest!