The NJ Tree Foundation is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees in New Jersey’s most urban neighborhoods, where the need is greatest. Through tree planting, volunteerism, and partnerships, we assist numerous communities in improving their environment and quality of life.
Since 1998, the NJ Tree Foundation has planted 204,360 trees across the state with volunteers, by hand. Beginning small by planting whips with volunteer groups, the Tree Foundation now plants large shade trees in some of NJ’s toughest neighborhoods. Undaunted by crime statistics, Tree Foundation staff believe that even in our roughest communities, planting a tree can bring hope. Community-based tree plantings work. They involve the residents who in-turn care for the trees and allow us to report a 95% survival rate for our trees. Community-based tree plantings bring outside volunteers into inner cities and change their perceptions about the city and its residents. Planting trees in this manner makes the Tree Foundation a leader in the tree planting field. We do not do the work for the people, we train them to take charge and complete the project themselves. That is empowering for folks who must face some of life’s most difficult circumstances.
In the same vein, by employing ex-offenders, the Tree Foundation is providing the first stepping-stone of reintegration into society for men who have been imprisoned for years. In ten years, 80 parolees have graduated from our Green Streets Program. Finally, the Tree Foundation supplements its annual budget with in-kind support and volunteer labor. Last year alone, 1,718 volunteers contributed 4,797 hours to planting and maintaining trees in NJ. Residents and volunteers help acquire donations of food and water, tools, large equipment and plant materials. In short, the Tree Foundation is one of the best run, most efficient nonprofits in the field because we believe in people and they believe in us.