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CANOPY
April 16, 2010

I'm a certified arborist that helps Canopy out on planting and work days. Working with Canopy has been a great experience. The staff, board members, and volunteer leaders are all committed to educating the public about the numerous environmental and economic benefits of planting trees. We teach all volunteer workers how to plant properly ~ especially important with trees ~ from digging the hole to mulching, staking, and watering. We teach the public about proper tree care and proper tree selection. Planting trees is one of the best things we can all do to help heal the planet. Canopy advocates for trees, helping to assure everyone does right by the trees in Palo Alto and neighboring communities needing help. Fantastic organization!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working as a volunteer planting leader.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working recently on the California Avenue tree replanting project. The well-oiled Canopy machine jumped in to resolve a public relations nightmare. The end result was 46 trees properly planted by over 150 volunteers in under 2 hours. Amazing work!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

other certified arborists, tree lovers, neighbors, and students. I especially love working with the students, catching them at an early age and teaching them how to select, plant, and properly care for trees.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

plant 100,000 trees ~ probably more like 150,000, since they likely purchase trees at wholesale prices. They could help neighboring communities plant more trees. They could help restore native plant communities, recreating habitat for native critters.

Ways to make it better...

there was more lead time for many of the events were volunteers and arborists are needed. All too often, when there's less than a month's notice, it's impossible to rearrange the schedule to accommodate the activities.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of funds in a struggling economy. California will likely be one of the last areas to come out of this current economic crisis. Our wonderful non-profits are disappearing because donors aren't currently donating. Help Canopy continue.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Planting leader & project leader.