Detroit to Celebrate National NeighborWoods Month

Sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation
Detroit, Mich. (October 1, 2007)- The Greening of Detroit today announced that they will celebrate National NeighborWoods Month by hosting a series of plantings. These events are some of more than 200 regreening, educational, and training efforts throughout the country being promoted during October as part of NeighborWoods Month. NeighborWoods Month is a national campaign of the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT). The Greening of Detroit is a member of ACT’s NeighborWoods Network.


“It’s great to be focusing on the health and livability benefits of trees at a time when other organizations are doing so as well,” said Rebecca Salminen Witt, Executive Director of The Greening of Detroit. “Part of our goal is to draw attention to the good work being done at the grassroots level all across the country to improve urban and community forests.”
The Greening of Detroit’s celebration will take place as follows:
10/6/07- 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Creekside Berm Planting. at 750 Alter Rd., Detroit, MI 48215
10/6/07- 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Westside Neighborhood Street Tree Planting at Russel Woods Park
10/6/07- 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Russel Woods Neighborhood Planting at 12650 Broad Street
10/13/07- 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Bagley Neighborhood Street Planting
10/20/07- 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Sherwood Forest Street Tree Planting
10/27/07- 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., West Village Street Tree Planting at St. Charles Church
More information at: http://calendar.neighborwoodsmonth.org
“Having local organizations like The Greening of Detroit participate in National NeighborWoods Month helps us show the cumulative effect of a burgeoning urban and community forestry movement,” said ACT Executive Director Alice Ewen Walker. Founded in 1993, the Alliance for Community Trees is a national coalition of 140 nonprofit organizations engaged in urban and community forestry in 39 states and Canada. Its members are dedicated to grassroots community greening, public education, policymaking, job training, urban design, and other initiatives that support better awareness of the connections between trees and people.
NeighborWoods Month is sponsored through a generous grant from The Home Depot Foundation. “National NeighborWoods Month offers a unique opportunity for people to understand the contributions of trees to the health, beauty and livability of their communities,” said Kelly Caffarelli, Vice President of The Home Depot Foundation. “By partnering with ACT and local NeighborWoods organizations like The Greening of Detroit, The Foundation is able to further its goals of investing in the overall health and success of our communities.”
About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot 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 $50 million to nonprofit and government organizations throughout North America. In 2006 alone, projects supported by the foundation built 9,000 units of housing and planted 300,000 trees. For more information, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.
For Immediate Release Contact:
Rebecca Salminen Witt
The Greening of Detroit
313-237-8733
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Download The Greening of Detroit’s NeighborWoods press release.