October signals the real start of fall. School has been open for a while, students are settling in to routines, and football season is in full swing. We think of yellow, red, and orange hues as the colors of the season. And the evenings are crisper, the mornings chillier. For the tree planting groups that belong to the Arbor Day Foundation’s Alliance for Community Trees (ACT) network, October also means NeighborWoods® Month. This annual campaign celebrates the benefits that trees bring to neighborhoods and encourages volunteers to plant and care for community trees. Sponsored by Boise Paper, CSX Transportation, DoubleTree by Hilton, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, the Aetna Foundation, and the U.S. Forest Service, NeighborWoods Month is a great opportunity for Arbor Day Foundation partners to see the good work that ACT members do across the country.
Why NeighborWoods Month? This campaign is a great opportunity to deliver information on the benefits of trees that sometimes gets lost in the Earth Day/Arbor Day shuffle. The message is simple: Trees make good neighbors. Not only do they provide much-needed shade. Studies have shown that streets with trees create an atmosphere of collegiality among neighbors. When there are trees shading sidewalks and streets, more people go outside and talk to one another! Other studies have shown that houses with trees generally sell for more than houses that do not have them. The benefits of trees range from being air scrubbers to energy and stormwater savers. They are neighborhood workhorses.
These types of “tree facts” support the good work of the Alliance for Community Trees network. Trees are more than decoration, and by telling a story about the benefits that trees provide, ACT groups are able to raise more funds, increase their volunteer base, and ultimately put more trees in the ground.
Our partners and supporters are a critical part of this effort through sponsorship of the campaign. We invite you to learn more about NeighborWoods Month, sponsorship opportunities, and how you can be a “good neighbor.” Contact the Corporate Partnerships team today for more information.