Sponsored by The Home Depot(r) Foundation
Bronx, N.Y. (September 28, 2009)- Friends of Van Cortlandt Park today announced that 100 volunteers will come together to plant trees, hike through the forest, and participate in a variety of friend-family activities in the Park. This event is one of hundreds of re-greening efforts throughout the country being promoted during October, which has been declared National NeighborWoods Month by the national nonprofit, the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT). Friends of Van Cortlandt Park is a member of ACT’s NeighborWoods Network.
“It’s great to be working on an important re-greening effort at a time when other organizations are doing so as well,” said Sara Kempton of Friends of Van Cortlandt Park. “Part of our goal is to draw attention to the good work being done at the grassroots level all across the country to improve urban and community forests.”
Friends of Van Cortlandt Park’s celebration will take place as follows:
Date: 10/24/09 & 10/25/09 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Event: NeighborWoods Family Forestry Weekend
Location: John Muir Trail, Van Cortlandt Park.
“Having local organizations like Friends of Van Cortlandt Park participate in National NeighborWoods Month helps us show the cumulative effect of a burgeoning urban and community forestry movement,” said ACT Executive Director Alice Ewen Walker. Founded in 1993, the Alliance for Community Trees is a national coalition of 150 nonprofit organizations engaged in urban and community forestry. Its members are dedicated to grassroots community greening, public education, policymaking, job training, environmental design and other activities that support better urban forest stewardship.
NeighborWoods Month is sponsored through a generous grant from The Home Depot Foundation. “Trees are an important component of responsible design to ensure that homes are affordable, energy efficient, safe and healthy,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “By partnering with ACT and local NeighborWoods organizations like Friends of Van Cortlandt Park, The Foundation is able to further its goals of investing in the overall health and success of our communities.”
About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation was created in 2002 to further the community building goals of The Home Depot. The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to building affordable homes for working families that are healthy to live in and affordable to own. To make homes healthy and affordable, the Foundation encourages developers to incorporate responsible design and use durable and quality materials to ensure that homes are more energy and water efficient, have good indoor air quality, and provide a safe and healthy space to live. Since its formation, The Home Depot Foundation has granted $120 million to nonprofit organizations and supported the development of more than 65,000 affordable, healthy homes. For more information, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.
Friends of Van Cortlandt Park to Celebrate National NeighborWoods Month
National NeighborWoods Month Press Release