30 years, 750,000 trees, and counting…
Friends of Trees was founded in 1989 by a community member who loved trees and started planting them in Portland neighborhoods. Today, Friends of Trees has planted 750,000 trees and is a nationally recognized, regional leader in improving the urban tree canopy and restoring sensitive natural areas—through programs delivered by thousands of volunteers.
On Saturday, December 1, 2018 a group of Bullseye Glass employees joined in a Friends of Trees event, planting trees throughout the Brooklyn neighborhood in Southeast Portland.
In total, more than 200 volunteers came out to plant trees and green neighborhoods all throughout Portland. Bullseye employees have been involved with Friends of Trees individually in the past, but this was the first year a group of us volunteered.
Tentative take-home: volunteering with Friends of Trees is as relaxing as… an Epsom salt bath? Intriguing…
“This was my first (but not last!) time volunteering with Friends of Trees. They were super organized and really fantastic at training up our newbie tree planting team.
By the end of our stint we planted seven trees and were operating like a well-oiled machine. Slightly related – Epsom salt baths are the best!” -Minna Shirley, Bullseye Glass Sales
In case greening the city wasn’t reward enough, volunteers were met with soup, pizza, donuts, and a pristine chance to get muddy.
“This was my first event with Friends of Trees and I will definitely do it again. I loved the fact that I was able to give back to the community that I live in and I learned a lot about planting trees. I wasn’t aware of things like tree orientation and the depth the hole needed to be depending on what kind of tree your trying to plant. I got a lot of really good information and I had a great time getting muddy. Bonus, we had some yummy soup, pizza, donuts, and I met a lot of people!” -Justin Chapman, Bullseye Glass Melter
We spoke with Mary Kay Nitchie, marketing manager, whose involvement in Friends of Trees resulted from her husband’s long involvement as a volunteer with the non-profit:
This organization is about more than planting trees—it’s about neighbors meeting each other in real life and working together to build community while improving the environment in our city neighborhoods.
I am very thankful that Bullseye Glass loaned Friends of Trees their truck, and our driver Tara Cavanagh, because trucks are critical to the success of the planting. And I am very appreciative of the participation of our other Bullseye Team members, Minna Shirley, Justin Chapman, and Corinna Horsell and her family—Paul, Delia, and Hazel Mae. You can see more photos of them at https://www.flickr.com/photos/nitchwick/albums/72157704244318315
Winter is the season for planting, so there is a community planting day almost every weekend until mid-February. To learn more about volunteer opportunities with Friends of Trees, visit https://friendsoftrees.org/