Tree lovers, we need your help! Not only have our community tree planting events changed quite a bit due to COVID, health & safety measures mean we have very limited ability to visit communities and help neighbors get a tree of their own.
Normally we reach thousands of potential tree recipients with door-to-door canvassers and through tabling at community events – things we just can’t do this season.
Less interpersonal interaction means we won’t reach enough households about getting trees planted. And reaching fewer households means that, without your help, our neighborhoods will have far fewer new trees – and we need trees more than ever!
Here’s how you can help:
- Get a tree planted at your home. If you’ve been thinking about getting a tree, now’s the time.
- Talk to your neighbors about getting a tree. How many tree-less front yards are on your street? How about tree-less planting strips? (the area between the sidewalk and street). Visit your neighbors (masked, of course 😉 and help spread the good word about trees through forwarding this email or sharing this link.
Getting a tree with Friends of Trees is easy, informative, and affordable!
- The cost to you for a tree is a very affordable $35. Considering that tree would sell in a nursery for much more, plus when it’s from Friends of Trees you get delivery, a hole dug, expert planters, and post-planting support, it’s a great deal!
- We have a sliding scale available if $35 is too much – name your price! And if you can afford more than $35 anything extra will go to our tree scholarship fund.
- Your tree can be FREE if need be, thanks to our tree scholarship fund (donate to the tree scholarship fund here!)
Check out how easy it is to get a tree, and our wide variety of trees, here.
Questions? Email or call the Tree Team at (503)595-0212. We can’t wait to introduce you to your new tree!
Please note that this information applies to the Portland Metro area; for information about getting a tree in our Eugene service area please contact our Eugene office.
Things are hard, but we can do hard things. – Carey, Tree Team member
It won’t be a surprise to learn that the volunteer experience with Friends of Trees will be quite a bit different this season. When we start our 32nd season of community tree planting in October, the CDC’s COVID guidelines will serve as the minimum in terms of our events’ health and safety practices, because our number one goal is everyone’s safety.
Masks will be required at all times, for everyone, no exceptions; and yes, physical distancing of at least six feet from other volunteers (not in your household) will also be required. For all information related to volunteering with us in the time of COVID please refer to the COVID FAQ page of our website.
Plan ahead. These are perhaps the most important words to live by this season. In addition to following all health & safety requirements, planning ahead will help ensure safe, smooth and fun volunteer events. Questions? Email is preferred to phone calls since we’re mainly working remotely, thanks for your understanding!
Top 3 things to know about this season’s volunteer experience:
- Pre-registration for all events is required. This is where planning ahead really makes a difference, because capacity limitations means our events will fill up quickly. In fact, ALL of our October Green Space events are already filled, so check out the events calendar and register now!
- No group registrations. You can still volunteer with a group, but each member of the group needs to register separately, and we won’t be able to hold spaces. Again, planning!
- No public registration for Neighborhood Trees events. This is such a tough one. So many of the things that make our Neighborhood Trees volunteer events so special – zany, crowded morning registration; carpooling to sites with friends old and new; working side by side to get that huge tree into the planting hole; the incredible potluck lunch afterward – all violate COVID best practices. We just couldn’t see how to make all this happen in a way that is safe and effective, so until further notice only trained Crew Leaders will be able to volunteer to plant street and yard trees. If you really want to plant street and yard trees in local neighborhoods this season, please register for our online Crew Leader training, which will be available October 17-24. Yep, plan ahead!
We thank you in advance for following the guidelines, and for your understanding and patience. We’d love your feedback! We want to know how you are doing and how your volunteer experience was, so send us a note any time. Need information about volunteering in the Eugene area? Read on to the next story.
The good news is that we are still planting trees together and it will still be fun! Join us.