Hundreds of volunteers take part in urban planting initiative in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, California wildfires and invasive insects in Denver
LINCOLN, Neb., April 17, 2017 - The Arbor Day Foundation and Comcast NBCUniversal are pleased to announce an urban planting partnership of more than 1,000 trees focusing on repairing communities damaged by disasters in Florida, Texas, California and Colorado, all states where Comcast has a significant number of employees, customers and community partners.
The plantings in Santa Rosa are in response to the recent California wildfires, while Miami and Houston are in response to the hurricanes that ravaged the community last fall. Denver, too is included due to the area's recent battle with Emerald Ash Borer, which is killing millions of trees across North America. The events, happening simultaneously on April 21, 2018, are part of Comcast NBCUniversal's larger Comcast Cares Day, the company's annual celebration of a year-round commitment to volunteerism and a massive demonstration of the capacity of one company's employees to serve and to make an impact in the communities where they live and work.
"We are grateful to have Comcast NBCUniversal as a partner in helping restore hope and beauty through trees in these areas affected by natural disaster," said Dan Lambe, president, Arbor Day Foundation. "Because of the generosity of Comcast NBCUniversal and its employees, thousands of people across the United States will be able to start to gain some sense of normalcy through the process of building their communities. The trees will be planted to help clean the air, protect water resources, and restore habitat and beauty to forests that have suffered such great devastation."
These planting projects are part of the Arbor Day Foundation's Community Tree Recovery program which aims to bring trees back to communities in the wake of natural disasters. The Comcast Cares Day project will put thousands of trees into area resident's hands and will be planted by more than 250 Comcast NBCUniversal employees volunteering 1,500 hours in their communities alongside the Arbor Day Foundation and local tree planting nonprofits including: the California Urban Forestry Council, Citizens for a Better South Florida, Trees for Houston and Denver's The Park People.
"We believe in improving the communities where we live and work through volunteerism and strong partnerships," said Dalila Wilson-Scott, Senior Vice President of Community Impact at Comcast NBCUniversal. "On day-one, we were providing much needed supplies and financial assistance in impacted communities, and now we are especially excited to join forces with the Arbor Day Foundation this Comcast Cares Day."
About the Arbor Day Foundation
Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters, and valued partners. During the last 45 years, more than 300 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty and hunger.
As one of the world's largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees. More information is available at arborday.org.
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