April is Plant One Million Month

The NJ Tree Foundation is joining forces with folks in NJ, PA and DE to reforest 3 states and 13 counties!  With your help, we can Plant One Million trees!

Jose, a Camden resident, shows his family how to plant a tree at this April event.

Throughout April, our organization will host Saturday tree planting events in Camden, improving environment and quality of life for inner-city residents. On Friday, April 27th, we will join the State of NJ in planting 150 large trees in Haddon Township for the 62nd Annual Arbor Day Celebration. Throughout Camden, Gloucester, Salem, Mercer and Burlington counties, we’re working with dozens of community organizations to plant tree whips in celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day!

Update from the Green Festival, Newark

Thanks to Emily Perez and her family for volunteering with the Tree Foundation at the Ballantine Green Festival – giving out tree seedlings and promoting tree benefits! On Saturday, April 14th, The Ironbound Community Corporation hosted its first “Ballantine Green Festival” that was embraced by local East Ferry residents and businesses. The day was a tremendous success with more than 200 people coming out to celebrate the neighborhood, as well as learning about “green living” and how to sustain a quality of life thorough recycling and composting programs. All of these programs and demonstrations were showcased in the “Eco-Village”, where you also had the opportunity to turn in old televisions, electronics, batteries and rugs. “Although this educational festival was held in the month of April, when we celebrate Earth Day, we are committed to our vision and will throughout the year, place emphasis on the importance of “greenliving”. “ – Joseph Della Fave, Executive Director of the Ironbound Community Corporation.


Celebrate sustainable living at the Ballantine Green Festival on Saturday, April 14th from noon to 4pm. Visit the “Eco Village” to recycle old carpets, batteries, and electronics. The Green Fest will feature environmental demonstrations, artists, food, prizes, games for kids and entertainers.

This event is being hosted by the Ironbound Community Corporation with participating organizations, such as the NJ Tree Foundation, NJ Audubon Society, Greater Newark Conservancy, and Urban Renewal Corp. If you are interested in learning more or volunteering to help out at the Green Fest, please contact Deborah Hurley at 201.709.4296 or dhurley@hurleyjones.com.

Hope to see you there!

Download the flyer for more information:  Ballantine Green Festival 

Volunteer Recognition Award for NRTP

The Newark Renaissance Trees Program has the pleasure of working with 100’s of volunteers each season. This year, NJ Tree Foundation staff have created a Volunteer Recognition Award to honor those dedicated tree advocates that attend several tree plantings and go above and beyond as a volunteer.

The Newark Renaissance Trees Program would like to announce our Fall 2011 Volunteer Recognition Award recipients – Shannon Coulter, Rachel Santos and Wayne McDougall. Thank you so much for your commitment to planting trees and transforming communities in Newark! Even a snowy planting in October could not keep these folks from finishing a tree planting! You are an incredible asset to our program and organization! We hope to continue our work with you in the new year.

Trees & Art = Perfect Together!

The 2012 NJ Arbor Day Art Contest is here! This contest is free and open to all students from Kindergarten through 12th Grade. Your art work will create a beautiful poster celebrating trees in every season! Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Places. Sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, NJ Forest Service and NJ Tree Foundation.

For more information, download the 2012 NJ Arbor Day Art Contest Rules.

Shade Jake’s Place – A Boundless Playground in Cherry Hill, NJ

Today we planted 16 trees to Shade Jake’s Place – a boundless playground where children of any ability can play. Play areas at Jake’s Place are accessible to all. The ramps are strong enough and wide enough to accommodate disabled adults so that they too can play with their kids. It was an excellent day where NJTF staff worked side by side with volunteers planting and mulching trees, shrubs and perennials. To learn more about this amazing playground visit Jake’s Place website.

NJ Tree Foundation planting trees at Jake's Place.

Jake’s Place will need 16 more trees in the spring to complete the planting beds. If you are interested in helping us Shade Jake’s Place, please consider donating to the cause.



Give the Gift of Trees!

Not sure what to get your loved ones this holiday? Consider alternative giving with the NJ Tree Foundation, and give the gift of trees in their name!

$ 20 – Plant 10 tree seedlings.

$30 – Tools to plant a tree: shovel & mulch.

$50 – Sponsor a tree: provide pruning and maintenance tools to urban tree stewards.

$300 – Plant 12-16′ tree in NJ.

$500 – Plant a 12-16′ tree in Camden or Newark (includes concrete removal).

Other: You tell us!

Visit our website to learn more:


Questions? Email Jessica at jfranzini.njtf@gmail.com or call 856-287-4488.

Thank you, Camden Volunteers!

The Urban Airshed Reforestation Program (UARP) would like to thank the 375+ volunteers that made a difference planting trees in Camden this season!

AmeriCorps NCCC volunteers planted trees with NJTF throughout October!
"There's something worthwhile in planting a tree in front of your home, with your children, and watching that tree grow." - Carrie Sargaent, Heart of Camden
There's a job for everyone at a tree planting!

The NJ Tree Foundation planted 120 new trees and over 380 shrubs/perennials in Camden through the UARP during fall 2010 with help from:

Alliance of United Culture at Rowan University, AmeriCorps NCCC, AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassadors, Bank of America, Camden ISP, Citizens Bank, the Cramer Hill CDC, Holy Name Church, Impact100 Philadelphia, One Day Matters, RadioONE, the Romero Center, Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers PIRG, Stockton College Water Watch/Energy Corps, Temple University Community Service Association, Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill, and of course — Camden’s residents and tree recipients!

To join hands with dedicated volunteers, visit: http://newjerseytreefoundation.org/Volunteer.asp

20 Years of Feeding the Hungry

It’s that time of year. Holiday plans, shopping, food and time with family. But what if you are one of the 10% of Americans unemployed? Or underemployed. Where do you turn for a holiday dinner?

Check-Out Hunger is an annual fund raiser for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and is marking its 20th year this fall. This campaign, which began in New Jersey, is now run online and at supermarket chains across the northeast. The Community FoodBank of New Jersey reports that need for nutritious food is up 30-40 percent at its partner agencies (soup kitchens, pantries, shelters, etc) this year.

In 2009 Check-Out Hunger crossed the $2 million plateau for the first time. The campaign raised $2,093, 086 for food banks across the state. Since 1992, millions of people have supported the program at food markets and online at www.checkouthungernj.org. Participating food markets include A&P, Food Basics, Foodtown, Kings, Pathmark, Shop Rite, Super Fresh, Wawa, and Wegmans.

In your own neighborhood: Look for a display of Check-Out Hunger donation slips at the checkout aisles in your local food stores. Let the cashier know you want to add a donation to your grocery bill, and they take care of the rest! Grocery stores run the campaign at varying times from late September through the end of January, with the bulk of them running it in November and December. You can find a list of participating stores at www.checkouthungernj.org.

In your own home: You can donate through the Check-Out Hunger in New Jersey website at www.checkouthungernj.org.
Last year, the Community FoodBank of NJ distributed 35 million pounds of food to people in nee! Its staff and volunteers fight hunger and poverty not only through the distribution of food and grocery products, but by education and training, and by creating new programs to meet the needs of low-income people.

The Check-Out Hunger campaign is an easy way to make a difference. Please give as much as you can to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey!