Trees Inspire Hope

Juanita Butler is an 87-year-old lifetime Camden resident who organized a tree planting on her block in 2011. She and her neighbors gathered with volunteers and the Mayor of Camden, Dana L. Redd, to plant 22 trees on her street. Today, the trees are doing wonderfully. Juanita describes how her tree planting transformed her street and catalyzed significant changes in her community.

“These trees bring so much life to our block! Even in the fall, they light up with the most beautiful yellow and red leaves. The planting of our trees brought my neighbors together.” She goes on to explain, “On the planting day we voiced our concerns about an abandoned and dilapidated building on our street. Mayor Redd shook my hand and promised to help.”

This year, the vacant building on Juanita’s street was demolished. Smiling ear to ear, Juanita told the NJ Tree Foundation, “We’re really getting things done!” But Juanita and her neighbors are just getting started. Next, she plans to create a community garden where the old building once stood and plant more trees on the surrounding streets.

Juanita story board

In 2014, the NJ Tree Foundation wants to help Juanita continue greening her neighborhood. We want to keep planting trees across the state of New Jersey so that more people can experience the unity, hope, and beauty that come from planting trees in cities like Camden and Newark. We want to foster positive community change, and we need your help to make it a reality.


Please consider making an end-of-year, tax deductible donation to support the NJ Tree Foundation’s community forestry efforts. Your donation will inspire more stories like Juanita’s.

On behalf of all our tree recipients, we thank you sincerely for your support.


Super Community Tree Planting with Bay Head ES, Verizon Green Team & Super Bowl Host Committee

2013-10-16 12.59.49On a beautiful day, we planted 37 trees and 40 shrubs/perennials to reforest Bay Head Elementary School. The entire school came out to plant and mulch their new trees and landscape. Verizon Green Team members and Super Bowl Host Committee staff helped guide the students in the planting. Click on the links below to see pictures and video of this Super Community Tree Planting Event.

Tree Planting event in Bay Head, New Jersey

Asbury Park Press article and video

Photographer Anthony Quintano’s beautiful pictures 

Thousands in NJ Celebrate Arbor Day

arborday-309x400To recognize 15 years of success through our Celebrate Arbor Day program, the NJ Tree Foundation pledged to give away 15,000 tree whips to community groups across NJ this month. After a flood of applications and outstanding attendance at our volunteer trainings, the numbers are in! Tomorrow, 107 community groups across the state, representing thousands of volunteers, will plant 19,500 tree whips to celebrate Arbor Day! Check out what Montville and Maplewood have planned in these newspaper articles.


We are excited to announce a partnership with Recoup, a website offering great products and services-  from restaurants and travel to fashion and home goods. Purchase from Recoup and 10% of every purchase will benefit the NJ Tree Foundation. In addition, you can increase your support by donating part or all of your discount as a tax deductible contribution.

There are two simple ways to help the NJ Tree Foundation raise funds through Recoup and it takes less than 10 seconds to sign up (It’s free!)

Shop, Save, Support: The NJ Tree Foundation has a dedicated shopping page on Recoup where every promotion benefits trees:

For some great deals on travel, check out the travel channel here:

I recently purchased a beautiful outdoor furniture set from Recoup. They had the best price, shipping was included, and $57.00 went to the nonprofit of my choice! ~ Lisa Simms, Director, NJ Tree Foundation


Newark Bears Fundraiser to Support City Trees

Go to a baseball game and support the NJ Tree Foundation! Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 6:30pm it’s the Newark Bears Vs. Lincoln Saltdogs! Purchase your tickets through this link and enter TREE in the Special Offer Code box. $4.00 from each ticket will help plant trees in Newark.  See you there!

Jessica Franzini Wins Campbell’s Hometown Hero Award

Today, at the Campbell Soup Annual Networking Breakfast, NJ Tree Foundation employee Jessica Franzini received the Campbell’s Hometown Hero Award for her years of service in Camden. Jessica coordinates our Urban Airshed Reforestation Program (UARP), a community-based tree planting program in the city. She also facilitates Camden TreeKeepers, a series of educational workshops for neighborhood residents. During her acceptance speech, Jessica explained, “Working in Camden has been a blessing. I have truly met the most amazing people here. Thank you to the residents and partners who make our work possible.”

Thank you to Campbell Soup for this incredible recognition! Additionally, we thank the many Campbell Soup employees that volunteered their time, talents and muscle to plant trees in 2011. You’re all amazing!

Pictured above: Dave Stangis, President of the Campbell Soup Foundation (left); Jessica Franzini (center); and Amanda Bauman, Community Service Manager for Campbell Soup (right)

NJTF makes cover of Catholic Star Herald

Over 50 volunteers joined the NJ Tree Foundation and Heart of Camden on Saturday, November 12th to plant 18 large trees through the Urban Airshed Reforestation Program. These trees were registered through the “I am the Hummingbird” campaign in memory of Wangari Maathai, an environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner.  See tree planting photos here!

Above: Msgr. Michael Doyle (far left) says a prayer for our newly planted trees. Also pictured: Councilwoman Dana Burley (second from left), Mayor Dana Redd (third from left) and Jessica Franzini of NJTF (far right).