October 1, 2009
Under the banner of National NeighborWoods Month, local organizations are joining together to promote our common message- that trees are essential to the health and livability of our cities and towns. In October 2008, NeighborWoods Month resulted in 412 volunteer events delivered by 118 local partners in major markets across the country. Campaign partners planted 33,000 trees, engaged 18,000 volunteers and educated the public about sustainability through education and media outreach. This broad, national reach of NeighborWoods Month raises the level of discussion and action in your community, by emphasizing that tree canopy protection is both a local and a national concern.
NeighborWoods Month Resource List
Leland Milstein, Alliance for Community Trees (College Park, MD)
Leland Milstein is the Program Associate at Alliance for Community Trees, where he assists with the National NeighborWoods Month and NeighborWoods Grant programs, as well as webcasts, newsletters, and research. ACT is committed to the continued growth of NeighborWoods Month as a campaign that unites our members and draws attention to the value of urban forests.
Nate Faris, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (Indianapolis, IN)
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful has a plan to reforest Indianapolis with 100,000 trees in 10 years. It’s called NeighborWoods. NeighborWoods was developed with the aim of increasing the tree canopy in Indianapolis while increasing the number of people invested in their neighborhoods. The idea is that more people will care about trees if they understand their value and benefits. NeighborWoods Month is always a great time for them to reconnect with the national campaign. For example, during October 2007 Keep Indianapolis Beautiful planted 430 trees and hosted at least two plantings each weekend. Celebration participants included the Mayor, Indy Parks, City Forester, and local CDCs.
Rene Lafflam, RNeighbors (Rochester, MN)
NeighborWoods Month is going to be a key event for any organization that has a branded NeighborWoods program, but RNeighbors takes it to the next level. In 2008 alone, they sponsored 7 events ranging from a Citizen Forester training in collaboration with the City Forestry Division that tied into the local high school biology curriculum to a multi-language community door knocking that led to tree planting and mulching in cooperation with a professional landscaping firm in underserved neighborhoods. They not only cover volunteer basics such as providing Tshirts and food, but also leverage other events such as The Home Depot’s Corporate Month of Service and ServiceNation Day of Action to maximum NeighborWoods Month advantage.
Webcast attendees will learn:
* Planning your event, organizing volunteers.
* Community outreach; attracting and working with local business and government partners.
* Distinguishing this event from others as a special NeighborWoods Month event.
* Promotion and Marketing: utilizing promotional materials, local media, etc.
* What it means to be part of a nationwide effort–how NeighborWoods Month benefits local groups.
About the Members Only Webcast Series
Members Only Webcasts are monthly sessions held at the lunch hour and made possible through support from The Home Depot Foundation and USDA Forest Service. The goals are to update members on current ACT activity, developing programs and partnerships, and future plans. Please plan to join the monthly call to stay connected to ACT, urban forestry, and your peers. Sessions are planned to last no more than one hour, with updates from ACT and at least one ACT member, followed by questions and answers.