Giving Tuesday Now – join us on May 5

In this time of uncertainty, there’s a fundamental truth that gives us hope: together we can do extraordinary things. Friends of Trees knows this so well since that’s what we do: We plant trees. Together. And to keep doing that, to ensure trees + community are in our future, we need your helpcan we count on you, if you are at all able, to donate to Friends of Trees today? Not only will all donations plant trees + grow community, the first $2500 in Giving Tuesday Now donations will be matched by our good friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery – cheers!

Over the past few weeks and months, the entire world has been coming together to stand up, help out, give back, and heal. Whether that’s through donations to community organizations, celebrating doctors and nurses at shift changes, or reaching out to a neighbor to help with groceries, generosity has been helping the entire world get through this global pandemic. Together.

Friends of Trees is part of #GivingTuesdayNow and we invite you to join us. Giving Tuesday Now with the Tree Team is a virtual, day-long social media event featuring Tree Talks, LIVE tree walks, and more! Here’s our schedule, and here’s the schedule for Giving Tuesday Now with the Eugene Tree Team!

TimeTopicWhere To Join
9:00Welcome to Giving Tuesday Now with the Tree Team
with Whitney Dorer, Interim Executive Director
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10:00About the Neighborhood Trees Program
Whitney Dorer
10:30LIVE tree walk with WhitneyFacebook
12:00About the Volunteer & Outreach Program
Whitney
1:00LIVE: Sam Erman chats with Friends of Trees volunteer Maxine
2:00About the Green Space Program
Whitney
2:30Tree Talk video: bigleaf maple
Logan Lauvray, Green Space Program Manager
5:00Why trees, why community
Video message from Whitney
5:30Tree Talk video: Cherry tree
Oliver, the youngest Tree Team planter

 

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Giving Tuesday Now with the Eugene Tree Team

In this time of uncertainty, there’s a fundamental truth that gives us hope: together we can do extraordinary things. Friends of Trees knows this so well since that’s what we do: We plant trees. Together. And to keep doing that, to ensure trees + community are in our future, we need your help – can we count on you, if you are able, to donate to Friends of Trees Eugene today? Not only will donations plant trees + grow community, the first $1,250 will be matched by our good friends at Journey Tree Financial – thank you!

Over the past few weeks and months, the entire world has been coming together to stand up, help out, give back, and heal. Whether that’s through donations to community organizations, celebrating doctors and nurses at shift changes, or reaching out to a neighbor to help with groceries, generosity has been helping the entire world get through this global pandemic. Together.

Friends of Trees Eugene is part of #GivingTuesdayNow and we invite you to join us. Giving Tuesday Now with the Eugene Tree Team is a virtual, day-long social media event featuring Tree Talks, LIVE tree walks, and more!

TimeTopicWhere To Join
9:00Welcome to Giving Tuesday Now with the Tree Team
with Whitney Dorer, Interim Executive Director
10:00About the Neighborhood Trees Program
with Whitney Dorer
10:30Tree Talk video: Oregon myrtle
with Erik Burke, Eugene Director
12:00About the Volunteer & Outreach Program
Taylor Glass, Volunteer and Planting Specialist
1:00LIVE: Taylor chats with Becca Snowdale about the volunteer program
2:00About the Green Space Program
Becca Snowdale, Volunteer and Planting Specialist
2:30Tree Talk video: Pacific madrone
with Becca Snowdale
3:00Tree Walk: Neighborhood Trees
with Erik Burke
5:00Why trees, why community
Video message from Whitney
5:30Tree Talk video: Cherry tree
Oliver, the youngest Tree Team planter

Update on planting events and tree orders

Friends of Trees is taking our region’s “Stay at Home” order very seriously and as a result we have decided to pause all tree planting events for the time being. This means canceling all events through May.

We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience, and ask for your understanding. If you ordered a street or yard tree we will update you directly as soon as we have more information to share about when your tree will be planted, but please email us if you have any urgent questions about the tree you ordered.

Because we love you, events through March are canceled

 

March 13, 2020

 

Dear Friends of Trees family,

Because we love you and we want to do our part to diminish the risk of COVID-19 in our community, we are making adjustments to the remainder of our planting season events. Tree planting in the near-term is important to this world; it is not more important than our immediate human health. Currently, all Friends of Trees events in the month of March are canceled. We will let you know about April and beyond when we know.

As we take into account the recommendations of health professionals, we’re asking for your understanding as we reserve the right to continue to change and cancel our events. Please check our online events calendar for the latest information about the status of Friends of Trees events.

The Friends of Trees office is closed to the public through the rest of the month. Staff will work on-site, in the field, or remotely as much as possible, but in the interest of everyone’s health we ask that you not visit our office this month. We’ll keep you posted about April and beyond. If you need to reach us email will be the most effective (it’s not always possible to check our voicemail remotely), you can find a staff directory here; please be patient as it may take a little extra time to get back to you.

Meanwhile, we’re still planting trees. Using a variety of methods and with a variety of partners, as long as it’s OK to do so we will be out there planting trees. It will be hard, and it won’t be nearly as fun as when you’re with us, but, well, it’s what we do and we’ll keep doing it as long as we can.

If you are registered to have a street or yard tree planted at your property, rest assured, your tree/s will be planted. It may not be on the date we planned, nor will it be planted with a team of your neighbors (at least in March), but your tree will be planted. Unfortunately we cannot tell you exactly when your tree will be planted, but don’t be surprised if one day you look out your window and you see a couple of us with shovels. Go ahead and wave. We’ll wave back.

This is all uncharted territory so thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this together.

Take care and stay healthy,

Whitney Dorer
Interim Executive Director

P.S. Interested in just exactly what we’ll be up to this month? Check out our social media channels! Visit us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Get to know our partner: Wisdom of the Elders

“Partnering with Friends of Trees has helped teach Wisdom interns management skills; we learn how to manage a business, how to engage with business people, it prepares everybody for employment.” – Alvey Seeyouma, Wisdom Workforce Development Program Coordinator and Crew Leader Supervisor 

The Wisdom of the Elders-Friends of Trees partnership began four years ago when our Neighborhood Trees Program needed some post-planting help. We had a number of street trees that didn’t get planted at a Saturday planting event and we were able to contract with Wisdom Workforce to plant those trees.

Soon after that first partnership experience, Wisdom hosted a community conversation for its partners, toward sharing information about how best to partner together in a way that is thoughtful and respectful. We participated in a Talking Circle, where there was honest communication about the native perspective on the dominant culture and environmental issues.

The partnership grew, and Wisdom’s post-planting support evolved to include mulching newly planted trees. Wisdom participants also began engaging on planting day, through training and participating as Crew Leaders, which provided opportunities for the organizations to work together more closely. We’ve now added pruning as a partnership element, providing even more hands on tree care experience.

Wisdom Workforce Program Coordinator Alvey Seeyouma participated in the Urban Forestry Training Program and, through that program, interned with Friends of Trees. Alvey says that the benefits of the partnership extend beyond Friends of Trees and Wisdom of the Elders, “Oh my gosh, I think our partnership benefits all communities. It helps the Wisdom crew leaders become more comfortable with their engagement with the community, so it benefits everyone.” He lists some more benefits of the partnership, “Wisdom interns are learning new skills through the community tree planting events. They’re learning about tree identification, planting techniques, and about community engagement through training as Crew Leaders.”

What would Alvey want folks to know about Friends of Trees? “Friends of Trees is a great organization. Everyone in the office, they’re so helpful, so kind and generous. They want everyone’s experience to be positive; they’ve offered so much training, which we are so grateful for.” Friends of Trees is equally grateful for the opportunity to enhance our organization and our community tree planting events through partnering with Alvey and everyone at Wisdom of the Elders.

Wisdom of the Elders records and preserves traditional cultural values, oral history, prophesy and other messages of guidance from indigenous elders in order to regenerate the greatness of culture among today’s and future generations of native peoples. Learn more at www.wisdomoftheelders.org

Pictured above: Matt, Bruce, Dave and Will of Wisdom of the Elders at a recent SE Portland tree planting event.

This story is from the January 2020 edition of our e-news, Treemail; check out other issues of Treemail here.