Houston (April 27, 2006)- The Home Depot Foundation is meeting real community needs in neighborhoods across the county with this support. The Alliance for Community Trees (ACT), the national network of community-based urban and community forestry organizations, today announced receipt of $575,000 in funds through two grants awarded by The Home Depot Foundation.
Most of the funding – $500,000 – constitutes the second year of support for ACT’s National NeighborWoods program, which supports the greening projects of local nonprofit organizations working to restore urban forests for healthier, sustainable neighborhoods.
A second grant for $75,000 will aid community organizations in Louisiana and Mississippi in their efforts to replant and care for trees in areas damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
“The Home Depot Foundation is meeting real community needs in neighborhoods across the county with this support,” said Alice Ewen Walker, executive director of ACT. “Our member groups will deliver scores of new tree planting and stewardship projects, and we will improve the impact of our entire network through training and education programs as a result of this support.”
“The NeighborWoods program’s formula for success is volunteerism, and on-the-ground action that emphasizes stewardship and ownership of trees by the people who live in the neighborhoods being served,” Walker continued. “NeighborWoods is part of a larger effort to revitalize communities, wherein our members partner with affordable housing and other community-based nonprofits so that funds are directed to neglected communities that need the assistance the most.”
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