NeighborWoods Month Kicks Off in Iowa with Habitat for Humanity

Cedar Rapids, IA (September 18, 2009)- Volunteers are needed on Saturday, October 3rd, to help twenty new Habitat for Humanity homeowners and their families plant trees in their yards and neighborhoods. These trees will add beauty and value to the homes and neighborhood, and their shade will provide energy savings and environmental benefits for years to come.

The event will start at the Habitat for Humanity homes at Wilderness Estates on Moose Avenue, N.W., Cedar Rapids. Volunteers should arrive at 9:15 a.m. to register for the planting event and get a free t-shirt. Please park on F Ave NW on the shoulder of the highway. The event will begin with a kick-off celebration at 9:30, followed by planting. When planting is completed, volunteers will take a lunch break (lunch will be provided) then drive to the Colorado Ave SW homes to continue planting; please park on 66th Ave SW. Please avoid parking on the side streets off 66th Ave. The event will end at approximately 2:00 pm when planting is finished.
Alice Ewen Walker from the Alliance for Community Trees in Washington, DC, will be in attendance to talk about the benefits and value of trees, connections between affordable housing and greening, and to participate in the planting event. Tom Aller, Senior Vice President with Alliant Energy, and Cedar Rapids city officials will also be on hand to assist with the planting project.
Many of the Habitat homeowners receiving trees on Saturday lost their homes in the devastating 2008 floods and are attempting to start over in College Park and Wilderness Estates. The new trees will help reduce home energy costs, improve air quality, increase property values, and provide a renewed sense of community in these beautified neighborhoods. The new homeowners will enjoy the benefits from their trees for many years to come.
This campaign to make housing in Cedar Rapids healthier, greener, and more affordable through trees is made possible in part by a $10,000 National NeighborWoods Grant from the Alliance for Community Trees and The Home Depot Foundation. Trees Forever is one of ten organizations nationwide that received this highly competitive challenge grant in support of urban forestry and affordable housing partnerships. In addition, the project received a $4,400 grant through the Branching Out program, a partnership between Alliant Energy and Trees Forever.
The Home Depot Foundation, Trees Forever and the Alliance for Community Trees will also join forces on another Habitat for Humanity planting project in Des Moines on Monday, October 5.
Volunteers should dress for the weather and should wear close-toed shoes. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own tools (shovels, rakes, wheel barrows, etc.), but must mark them and keep track of them. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Karen Brook at or 319-373-0650 ext. 14. More detailed information will be sent to registered volunteers.
This NeighborWoods/Branching Out planting event is sponsored by Habitat for Humanity, Trees Forever, The Home Depot Foundation, the Alliance for Community Trees and Alliant Energy.
Related Resources:
Salem Congregation- Volunteer tree planters needed for Trees Forever NeighborWoods/ Habitat for Humanity Planting event
Trees Forever
NeighborWoods Month
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