VECA’s Neighbors for Trees to Celebrate National NeighborWoods Month

Sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation
Memphis, TN (October 1, 2007)- VECA’s Neighbors for Trees has invited one and all to come together on October 20th to celebrate National NeigborWoods Month at the 3rd Annual Forest Faire. This event is one of dozens of re-greening efforts throughout the country being promoted during October, which has been declared National NeighborWoods Month by the national nonprofit, the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT). VECA is a member of ACT’s NeighborWoods Network.


“It’s rewarding to celebrate our urban and community forest at the same time as our sister organizations across the country,” said publicist for Neighbors for Trees’ Amanda Semko. “We are also excited that Mayor A.C. Wharton, Jr. has proclaimed October as National NeighborWoods Month in Shelby County! The Mayor is encouraging everyone to participate in planting trees, especially during October, to improve communities throughout Shelby County.”
VECA’s Neighbors for Trees celebration will take place as follows:
The 3rd Annual Forest Faire, October 20th, 2007, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., The V & E Stationhouse at 1625 Tutwiler Ave, Memphis, TN, 38107. There will be a tree sale and plant swap, tree planting demonstrations, table displays by energy organizations and conservation groups, local crafts and artisans, and a hybrid car exhibit.
“Having local organizations like VECA’s Neighbors for Trees 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 120 nonprofit organizations engaged in urban and community forestry. Its members are
dedicated to grassroots community greening, public education, policymaking, job training, environmental design and other activities that support better urban forest stewardship.
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, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation. “By partnering with ACT and local NeighborWoods organizations like VECA’s Neighbors for Trees, 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:
Amanda J. Semko
Vollintine Evergreen Community Association
Neighbors for Trees
901-351-0315
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Download the Neighbors for Trees NeighborWoods press release.