Volunteer Spotlight: Martha, SE Portland Neighborhood Coordinator

Today I introduce you to Martha: Neighborhood Coordinator to SE Portland’s Laurelhurst neighborhood and all-around amazing member of our Tree Team. [But before I get too far, if you don’t know what a Neighborhood Coordinator is and why they make our Neighborhood Trees planting events successful year after year, get in the know!]

Recently, Martha and I talked about trees, party-planning, how great it feels to meet new people in your neighborhood, and why we’ve been lucky enough to have her volunteer as a Neighborhood Coordinator year after year.

Read the interview below and get hip to Martha and her connection to Neighborhood Coordinating.

SE Portland Neighborhood Coordinators

Martha (second from the right) and the Neighborhood Coordinator team, posing next to the community potluck lunch at their tree planting event.

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What a Great Season to be a Neighborhood Coordinator, You Should Consider Joining the TEAM!

Susan, rockin’ NC

Well it is sunny for once in Oregon and I’m glad it’s not too hot since I know the trees aren’t huge fans of 90 degree heat for multiple days. Although, that’s not the case for humans but you can’t have it all. Enough of the weather, I want to talk to you all about an exciting volunteer role that we are recruiting for here at Friends of Trees. We are looking for folks to jump into the role of Neighborhood Coordinator! But what does a Neighborhood Coordinator entail? Great question!

Here is a brief explanation of what the volunteer role might look for you:  Together, NCs and Friends of Trees staff guide neighborhood plantings from beginning to end. No need to be an expert! Interested volunteers 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 (November-April);
  • Respond to homeowner inquiries by email & phone;
  • Make phone calls to homeowners that have not ordered their tree(s) to help them make their decision;
  • Solicit pick-up trucks or open trailer pullers from neighbors;
  • Recruit additional volunteers (Takes quite a few 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

This is just a brief snapshot of what the volunteer role could be for you! We need NCs in these neighborhoods below:

Here are a few pictures that illustrate the results of what NCs accomplish:

Volunteers checking in the morning of a Neighborhood Trees planting
Folks unloading trees to be planted by happy volunteers
Tree in the ground with the support of smiley volunteers
Volunteers enjoying the potluck lunch after the planting…hard work pays off!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you know of anyone interested in the role (or yourself) and happen to be in a neighborhood listed in the table above please send them our way, share this blog with them, and cross your fingers that they sign up for the role with our handy registration form. REMEMBER, the best way to share volunteer opportunities is still through word of mouth (or text since that’s how folks seem to communicate nowadays). 

Hope you continue to have a great Summer and kudos to you for making it through this detailed blog post!!

 

Pablo Brito is the Volunteer & Outreach Specialist for Friends of Trees

 

 

Hey! Yeah you!! Won’t you jump in and become a Neighborhood Coordinator for our 2018-2019 planting season?

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Hey, how does that Friends of Trees event happen in my neighborhood?” WELL, let me tell you that one huge puzzle piece is the fact that we have volunteers who sign up and train to become Neighborhood Coordinators in their respective neighborhood. Whether you are in Arbor Lodge or Cully, more “NCs” are needed to join the teams already hard at work putting on these events (and some of our ‘hoods have no NCs!).  Perks about this role would be getting to know your neighbors young and old, insightful tree knowledge, and rocking our popular TREE TEAM t-shirt! Have I caught your interest yet? I hope so, but if not, my final push to have you consider this role is that you would be helping plant hundreds of trees in your neighborhood with the goal of creating a cohesive and healthy community. Because YOU plus TREES equal VIBRANT communities.

 

Check out below some details about the role:

  • NCs are needed in neighborhoods where we plant various neighborhood trees: ‘hoods in Vancouver, WA and NE, SE, E Portland;
  • Bring neighbors together to meet one another, learn about our urban forest, and support them to plant or volunteer in some way;
  • Communicate with  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

 

Together, NCs and Friends of Trees staff guide our neighborhood plantings from beginning to end. No need to be an expert! 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 (October-April);
  • Respond to homeowner inquiries by email & phone;
  • Make phone calls to homeowners that have not ordered their tree(s);
  • Solicit pick-up trucks or open trailer pullers 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

So where do you sign up? Click HERE to register for a training if you find yourself living in a neighborhood where we need new NCs. Not sure what neighborhood you live in? Type your address using this link HERE and you’ll find out in seconds what neighborhood you belong to. After you register, someone from our Volunteer & Outreach team will contact you with further steps about the NC role. Thank you readers for considering this important role with Friends of Trees.

== Pablo is our Volunteer & Outreach Specialist with Friends of Trees==

Neighborhood Coordinator

SE Portland Neighborhood Coordinators

Neighborhood Coordinator

Where: In Vancouver and a few Clark County, WA neighborhoods; Portland neighborhoods East of the Willamette River; West Gresham neighborhoods; and Oregon City neighborhoods.

When: **We are currently recruiting Neighborhood Coordinators!** 

Neighborhood Coordinators are needed in the few months leading up to their neighborhood planting as well as providing support on the day of the planting event. The precise timing and time commitment for your neighborhood is flexible and can work around your availability.  To learn more, contact Pablo at pablob@friendsoftrees.org! or sign up for a training below!!!

More About this Role: 

Neighborhood Coordinators (NCs) are a special role for those who love to work behind-the-scenes. If you’re looking to connect with your neighbors and make a lasting impact in your neighborhood, the Neighborhood Coordinator might be the perfect fit for you!

Neighborhood Coordinators are absolutely critical to the mission and success of Friends of Trees. Each NC work closely with staff members to help answer questions from tree purchasers, create outreach strategies, and organize the annual neighborhood planting day.  The most important piece of the equation is the willingness to communicate with your neighbors, get excited about having more trees in your neighborhoods — and, of course, have fun doing it!

No experience is necessary.  We’ll train you in all aspects of this role and support you throughout the planting season. Sign up HERE or below to receive a training by one of our staff members.