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Hey! Join our Neighborhood Coordinator crew for the 2017-2018 planting season

Posted on June 1, 2017 at 2:16 pm

by Pablo Brito

“As an NC, you are the face of Friends of Trees in your neighborhood. I like that I can help neighbors answer tree questions or connect them to a staff person at Friends of Trees who can.”

Martha W., SE Portland Neighborhood Coordinator, full interview HERE

North Portland NC team

What is a Neighborhood Coordinator? Well a Neighborhood Coordinator, or NC for short, is a role where an individual contributes to getting more trees planted in their own neighborhood. As the new Volunteer & Outreach Specialist, I was able to dive in and read a few pieces of literature that Friends of Trees has provided me with. Multiple questions and a lot of going back and forth in my mind brought me to this blog post.  Where are our needs and what does a NC do? from a volunteer coordinators perspective:


  • NCs are needed in neighborhoods where we plant neighborhood trees: all ‘hoods in Vancouver, WA and N, NE, SE, E Portland;
  • Brings neighbors together to meet one another, learn about our urban forest, and helps them to plant or volunteer in some way;
  • Involve local businesses through volunteering, raising money, or in-kind donations to support the annual neighborhood planting;
  • Engage community groups, schools and organizations to come out and get involved directly in their communities

Neighborhoods with highest needs for incoming NCs

Together, NCs and Friends of Trees staff guidance our neighborhood plantings from start to finish. Fear not interested volunteers; you will be trained and supported throughout the planting that you will be coordinating!  Together with staff, you will:

  • Help coordinate one neighborhood planting per year;
  • Respond to homeowner inquiries by email & phone;
  • Make phone calls to homeowners that have not ordered their tree(s);
  • Solicit pick-up trucks from neighbors;
  • Recruit additional volunteers (Takes quite a bit of volunteers for one planting);
  • Solicit food/monetary donations from the community for breakfast/lunch;
  • Set up/coordinate breakfast & lunch for the volunteers on planting day

You’re interested?  Awesome!  How can you get involved? Well just sign up HERE, and we will follow up with logistics on what to expect for the NC training.

We leave you with a final quotes to hopefully feel inspired to become an NC yourself:

“The Neighborhood Coordinator role is a great one because it means interacting with the Friends of Trees staff, local businesses that want to support their efforts, the neighbors looking to plant trees, and the many volunteers that just want to help.  The functions of the role are really diverse, from helping people choose and get the right trees in the right place, to helping organize the actual planting events and getting volunteers fueled and fed on planting day.  As someone who is involved with several other community initiatives, it is a great way to interact with a broad spectrum of folks that I might not otherwise have to opportunity to.  It’s a great way of getting to know what is going on in the area and what people’s perceptions and aspirations are. The Friends of Trees’ staff is extremely knowledgeable and does a really great job of getting Neighborhood Coordinators up to speed and making it all really easy.”

Chris M., E Portland Neighborhood Coordinator, full interview HERE

Thanks for reading!  Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with me or Jenny in our Volunteer & Outreach Program if you have any questions or would like further information: // // Volunteer Line: 503-595-0213.


Pablo is the Volunteer & Outreach Specialist with Friends of Trees


Become a Tree Team Ambassador this Summer 2017

Posted on May 25, 2017 at 10:20 am

Join Friends of Trees as we hit up Summer and Fall events to motivate, empower, and educate the local community around our mission to bring people together to plant trees.

by Pablo Brito

This role is a good fit for an extroverted and a talkative tree-friend who can attend 2-4 events with us throughout Summer and Fall. You don’t need to have vast knowledge about trees (we will train you!) You just need to be open to learn something new and have fun with us all over the Portland-Metro and Salem areas. The training for this role will be held Wednesday, June 14th, from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Here is the link to the training: Tree Team Ambassador Training. Our training will provide snacks and beverages, updates on tree issues, and you will receive a rad “tree team” t-shirt as well.

Our Ambassadors are the face of Friends of Trees and will represent our organization in a positive manner. You will be attending events with other Friends of Trees staff and your fellow Ambassadors. Be ready to have thoughtful and engaging conversations with community members about what Friends of Trees does and how trees help create healthy communities!

If this sounds like a great fit please sign up using our form here.  We hope to work with you soon! If you have any questions about being a part of the Tree Team, please get in contact with our Volunteer and Outreach Team: // 503-595-0213.


— Pablo Brito is the Volunteer & Outreach Specialist with Friends of Trees and their favorite tree is a Cherry blossom, how about yours?

Advantis members: Go paperless & plant trees!

Posted on April 25, 2017 at 11:04 am

Go Green with Paperless Billing + Support Community Tree Planting

Advantis members: Reduce your paper clutter & help the environment! Advantis will donate $3 to Friends of Trees for every member that registers for eStatements through May 31. Switch now and make a difference!

Fruit Tree Giveaway is CANCELLED

Posted on April 11, 2017 at 11:54 am

Alas, our annual Fruit Tree Giveaway is CANCELLED this year, and likely into the future 🙁 We simply can’t get the stock. But please, keep planting trees any way you can!