Blog Post By Jona Elwell

Get Ready for National Volunteer Week

April is a pretty busy month here in the urban forestry world. We have Earth Day, the Canopy Awards, Arbor Day, and last but not least – National Volunteer Week! This nationwide celebration of volunteers allows organizations to step back and truly thank the people that make it all happen.

Our volunteers are crucial every step of the way. Without them our impact on the city (over 24,000 trees) would be significantly less. Whether you’ve volunteered at a community tree planting (leading, planting trees, or helping with registration), tackled a park inventory, advocated for trees, done outreach, or cared for trees, you’ve beautified your city, contributed to the greater good, and helped re-tree D.C.

We’ll kick off National Volunteer Week on April 24 with our 2016 numbers – how many hours do you think volunteers have contributed? How many trees do you think they planted? You’ll find out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The fun continues as we celebrate Team Leaders extraordinaire Kerrin and Greg Nishimura at the Canopy Awards on Arbor Day Eve, April 27!

Looking to get back out there and volunteer with us? Join us on Arbor Day as we survey trees surrounding the Washington Monument, on May 5 as we take on our biggest planting at Suitland Parkway, on May 6 as we survey iconic Rawlins/Walt Whitman Park or on May 27 as we tackle the Southwest section of the Washington Monument to inventory trees. Bummed that Community Tree Plantings fill up so quickly? Consider becoming a member of Casey Trees to take advantage of all its perks, including early registration!

We’ll see you April 24 for the big numbers reveal and to commend our volunteers all week long.

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