To meet the need for both donations and volunteer labor for planting, the EAC is challenging church congregations, community groups, workplace groups, families, and any other interested group of people to commit to support planting 100 trees through this project by forming a Tree Corps Team.
Each Team can get started by making their pledge towards 100 trees (or more!). At $5 per tree (which covers the cost of both a tree and related supplies and expenses) the recommended minimum group pledge is $500, and lining up a few volunteers to help with planting (if possible, given that planting workdays will be weather dependent). To further increase the impact and leverage donations, Living Lands and Waters as part of their One Million Trees project will match every tree donation with another tree. These matching donations will be planted at nearby ParkLands parcels including the Merwin Preserve.
Tree Teams can raise the money towards their pledge amount within their groups, through family or friends, or by any other legal means.
Tree Team Captains should sign up as a Fundraiser on the EAC website and then use the “Team” tab to create a Tree Team–don’t forget to designate a Team name that represents your group. Share the provided “Team Page URL” to invite other team members to join.
Be sure to set a Team goal–we recommend a minimum of $500 (100 trees plus 100 matching trees from Living Lands and Waters) and working in increments of $500 if you wish to challenge your group to provide for even more trees. Your progress towards this goal will be visible on your Team page and help motivate others to donate so you can reach your goal. You can further customize your Team page in order to provide details of why your group values trees in our community. Once you have it ready, share your “Team Page URL” via your networks of friends and coworkers to encourage them to donate to help us all collectively plant Mohr Trees! To allow for April 2021 planting, we encourage groups to work to reach your goal by the deadline of April 10, 2021 if possible. Extensions on this deadline will be granted upon request.
EAC staff will coordinate planting workdays with Tree Leaders; the Mohr Tree planting is tentatively scheduled for the weekend of April 10, 2021 with possible prep work taking place before then on weekdays. Understanding that individuals have other commitments and limited flexibility, supplying volunteers for planting is desirable but not mandatory.
Planting workdays will adhere to all existing COVID-19 protocols to include at least face coverings and social distancing. In case of restrictions at the time of planting that entirely prohibit any such gathering, alternative plans will be prepared which may include planting by mechanical means to completely avoid person-to-person contact.