500 Projects Expected for National NeighborWoods Month

Fifth Annual October Event Sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation
College Park, Md. (September 14, 2009)- In more than 175 cities around the country, local nonprofit organizations and their partners will participate in this year’s National NeighborWoods Month, organized by the Alliance for Community Trees and sponsored by The Home Depot(r) Foundation, USDA Forest Service, and Wallace Genetic Foundation. Throughout October, participating organizations will stage 500 events, plant 35,000 trees, and recruit more than 20,000 volunteers to improve urban communities. Tree planting projects, tree maintenance and stewardship programs, training activities, and educational seminars are among the projects planned for NeighborWoods Month.

For information about 2009 National NeighborWoods Month events, see: www.neighborwoodsmonth.org
“NeighborWoods Month is a way to draw attention to the regreening movement that’s flowering across the United States,” said Alice Ewen Walker, Alliance for Community Trees Executive Director. “National NeighborWoods Month offers an opportunity to celebrate the enormous impact that volunteers are making nationwide by planting and caring for trees in their communities. In fact, several major cities have recently committed to major tree planting campaign in an effort to improve public health, be more energy efficient, and combat climate change.”
NeighborWoods Month is sponsored through a generous grant from The Home Depot Foundation. “Trees are an important component of responsible design to ensure that homes are affordable, energy efficient, safe and healthy,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “By partnering with ACT and local NeighborWoods organizations, The Foundation is able to further its goals of investing in the overall health and success of our communities.”
About Alliance for Community Trees (ACT)
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 more than 150 organizations engaged in tree planting, care and education. Its members are involved in grassroots community greening, public education, policymaking, job training, and other activities to support urban forest stewardship. Together, they have planted 14.9 million city trees by engaging more than 4.3 million volunteers. Information on ACT and its members can be found at www.actrees.org.
About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation was created in 2002 to further the community building goals of The Home Depot. The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to building affordable homes for working families that are healthy to live in and affordable to own. To make homes healthy and affordable, the Foundation encourages developers to incorporate responsible design and use durable and quality materials to ensure that homes are more energy and water efficient, have good indoor air quality, and provide a safe and healthy space to live. Since its formation, The Home Depot Foundation has granted $120 million to nonprofit organizations and supported the development of more than 65,000 affordable, healthy homes. For more information, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.
Related Resources
NeighborWoods Month
NeighborWoods Month Press Release