At Friends of Trees, our main activity is to engage our communities by planting trees to make our environment and neighborhoods a better place. To do that, we rely on amazing volunteers who plant thousands of trees and native plants every year. To make sure that everyone in our community has the opportunity to engage in these activities and get the benefits of planting trees together, we want to make sure everyone knows the nature of the work we do and our efforts to be more accessible.
Our planting events are generally physical in nature, from getting to the sites to actually planting the trees themselves. The general work of a volunteer is to plant trees, which often requires some heavy lifting, bending, digging, stake pounding, and/or watering. However, we do have other volunteer roles that are just as important and valuable in ensuring that planting events are successful. Volunteers support in registration, welcoming folks to a site, sorting plants, cleaning tools, and general maintenance of our staging site area. We encourage you to reach out to our Volunteer and Outreach Program if you would like to explore any of these different volunteer roles.
On our planting calendar, we have placed an accessibility symbol next to events that we have identified as physically accessible for people with limited mobility and low vision. These events have paved pathways that are accessible to walk on, use wheelchairs safely on, and are safe for people with low and impaired vision. Please let us know if you have other considerations for these events marked as accessible and we will be able to let you know details.
Each of our planting events are at different sites, thus they have different details for physical accessibility. The accessibility symbols we have placed next to our events on the planting calendar don’t identify uniform accessibility. They may range in terms of how long the distance to the planting site is from the parking lot to if there is an overhead cover at the staging site area. Our Volunteer and Outreach program is very happy to assist you with specific concerns and accommodations.
We also welcome volunteers with their caregivers and those who may need extra assistance. If you have a group of folks who need some extra assistance and have caregivers, please let us know the nature of work you would like to do. If the group is able to plant trees with their caregivers, we are very happy to accommodate by designing a crew that has similar needs.
Events with this symbol have paved pathways that are accessible to walk on, use wheelchairs safely on, and are safe for people with low and impaired vision. Please let us know if you have other considerations for these events marked as accessible and we will help you assess if an event is right for you.