On October 26, 2013 a record number of volunteers, over 550, from virtually every socio-economic background from across the city came together to plant over 400 trees in the Castle Heights neighborhood in southeastern Winston-Salem as part of the annual Community Roots Day event. This was the 21st year this event has been conducted with approximately 10,000 trees being planted over those years. All volunteers received t-shirts, hats and plenty of donated food and drink. Nearly 40 corporate and individual sponsors provided monetary or in-kind support to make this event happen. This event helps to instill a sense of pride in the community, improves property values, stabilizes the soil and helps prevent erosion. Some have said that planting the trees creates a “shield” to “protect the neighborhood from forces that threaten to overwhelm it – crime, decay and a sense that no one cares.”
On May 10th, Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful (KRCB ), which brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities, launched the 16th annual Great American Cleanup in the City of Riverside. Over 700 community volunteers took on the critical neighborhoods at 38 cleanup sites citywide. Projects included: litter and weed abatement, graffiti eradication, cleaning city waterways, E-waste collection and 50 trees were planted along Alessandro Blvd. and Cannon Road. Special thanks go to the crews from Athens Services, Burrtec Waste Industries and CR&R Environmental Services for following the volunteer’s efforts that day, collecting over 12,000 lbs. of litter, debris, weeds and bulky items.
It’s not an easy task to plant a forest and save one all in a day’s work; however, a group of Dow volunteers made it look simple. As part of Dow’s 2014 Great American Cleanup, volunteers planted 146 trees to create the new forest at Chippewa Nature Center in Midland, MI, on May 14. The group was also busy saving an existing forest by removing garlic mustard seed, an exotic invasive species. In total, 14 different species of trees were planted by 30 volunteers.
The work put in by the volunteers will have a lasting effect on the local environment and the community will be able to enjoy it for years to come.
“The diverse trees planted will allow a place for birds and other wildlife to nest and eat,” said Tom Lenon, director of land and facilities at Chippewa Nature Center. “Plus, it will bring beauty to the region as the season change and the fall colors are in full bloom.”
Community outreach has been an essential element to Dow since its founding in 1897. The Great American Cleanup is a key initiative of Dow’s Contributing to Community Success objective as part of the company’s 2015 Sustainability Goals.
“Giving back is part of who we are at Dow,” said Mike Witt, global leader at Dow. “My team and I are always excited to volunteer, and projects like this allow us to have a lasting effect on our community that generations of people can enjoy.
The tree planting initiative is one of more than 60 Great American Cleanup events that Dow will host across the U.S. this year. A national sponsor of the Great American Cleanup since 2008, employees from Dow sites across the U.S. collaborate with local organizations and volunteers in cleanup, recycling, beautification and education initiatives to improve their communities through sustainable solutions for a cleaner and greener tomorrow.