The staff at California ReLeaf helped us develop and implement our tree planting project in the City of Avenal. After years of wanting to beautify and add shade to our public spaces, we were pleased to discover a supportive partner in California ReLeaf. With their advice, we were able to do everything from effectively select the best species for our environment to engage different key community leaders. Their responsiveness helped us adapt the project as new opportunities arose; in fact, most recently, we were able to expand our project and plant even more trees than we originally anticipated within the same time frame. Even as we continue to complete the project, we already see a community that is reinvigorated and encouraged by what their teamwork could accomplish.
“It was a tremendous opportunity and experience to partner with Ca ReLeaf during many months of 2020. Although a small grant it was at times a challenging task, but with the assistance of Chuck Mills and Amelia Oliver, Greening Los Osos was able to complete their project of planting 16 fifteen gallon native trees on two different properties in this coastal
community. All board members shared in this labor of love and were so pleased to see the finished product. We are hoping to have more projects like this in the future with the goal to reduce greenhouse gasses and all the other benefits that trees provide.
Ca ReLeaf is a tremendous benefit and resource to small non-profits like Greening Los Osos.”
I've had the pleasure of working in coalition with California ReLeaf this year. They demonstrate a commitment to centering equity in their work and elevating environmental justice voices in their advocacy. I've appreciated their partnership, candor, and expertise in bringing in more urban forestry and conservation groups to advance a just recovery.
The friendly and helpful staff at Cal Releaf put me at ease during the initial site visit. I was dreading the experience but instead was pleasantly surprised to get concrete and helpful suggestions that helped us get our project done. Cal Releaf listened to our concerns, cut through red tape, and even worked with us to adjust our budget!
I work with a nonprofit that received a grant from California ReLeaf to plant trees, and it was such a great experience. They are professional, knowledgeable, and genuinely care about their grantee's success. They went out of their way to make reporting easy, and everyone at ReLeaf is so approachable that it was easy to pick up the phone and call with questions. Plus, they are always disseminating information about nonprofit resources and advocate for funding from the State.
It is such a great group of people, and our project truly seemed like a partnership. I hope we have the opportunity to work with them again!
California ReLeaf staff are experienced and extremely helpful and supportive to grantees. They do a great job helping grantees from the beginning of the grant proposal process through project closeout.
California ReLeaf truly helps small nonprofits that are formed by citizens who see a need in their community. The guidance and grant opportunities ReLeaf provides allows small organizations to carry out the work they need to do. I'm convinced, many projects throughout the state would remain undone without ReLeaf's advocacy and support. Many towns and cities across the state don't receive the attention and funding they deserve. ReLeaf allows citizens the chance to bring attention to their projects by making grants widely available.
Cal ReLeaf is a great non-profit because of the wonderful people working there!
They always do their best to support their grantees and do an amazing job of connecting like-minded people through webinars and retreats.
A non-profit is only as good and the people working there, and Cal ReLeaf is a marvelous organization!
California ReLeaf is a hard working group of passionate professionals , and for us they provide essential advocacy in the field of Urban Forestry as well as providing critical non profit resources, ensuring that our non-profit can maximize its success. Our typical funding does not allow for us to engage in advocacy around Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, but California ReLeaf fills this essential role. Without them, we would not have as robust public funding options, and we would not have made the progress that we have in terms of making non-profits more competitive for State grants
If you are truly attempting to impact change in the world, you must begin with yourself. Cal Releaf is one of the few organizations that actively and clearly does this, and does it well. You can witness this in every aspect of their work from A to Z. They are a staff of truly dedicated and noble individuals who are helping change the world for the better by connecting small communities like mine to the resources and support we need. With their support, we have been able to plant over 300 trees and educate more than a thousand students on the importance of environmental justice. Chuck, Amelia, Cindy (and team), I am thankful for you, and I am proud to be affiliated with you. Thank you all so much for the good work! May the world be witness to it as much as I am.
Trees, tree-planters, and everyone who breathes oxygen has a good friend in CA ReLeaf. Professional, passionate staff team making an impact from policy and advocacy, to grantmaking and getting trees into the ground. Thanks to California ReLeaf for all of your hard work; you are much-needed and appreciated!
California ReLeaf has been a great partner over the years. At a mission-level, they have partnered with us to learn more about environmental justice and environmental equity, and they have consistently demonstrated their commitment to learning, growing, partnering and centering equity in their work. At an interpersonal level, they are great partners--they show up with care and intention, offer thoughtful contributions, and engage in reciprocal partnership. Then in their own work, California ReLeaf skillfully threads managing a network of urban forestry folks from across the state with Sacramento-facing advocacy.
California ReLeaf builds grassroots coalitions for conservation, livable cities and urban forestry around the state, and helps channel funding to on-the-ground projects. This is critically important work, and they do a fantastic job at it -- definitely worth your support!
California ReLeaf serves in important role in the community managing and their efforts have an impact. The organization is very supportive during the application process and are really there to see you succeed. With a grant from CA ReLeaf we were able to plant over 100 new trees and connect with the community during the tree planting days.
As a fellow nonprofit committed to preserving and enriching the community and culture we serve, we are eternally grateful to California ReLeaf for all their help in beautifying the community of Avenal. Despite our mission not being in the environmental efforts, California ReLeaf was more than happy to assist us in reinvigorating the landscape of our Oasis in the Sun with new trees, after a stressful drought wiped out the foliage in our public spaces.
The staff is very down to earth, always ready to help, and the most caring people you could ever work with. It has been a great pleasure!
ReLeaf is an invaluable and consistent coalition partner and ally. I feel very lucky to work with and know multiple members of their staff. They do fantastic work!
For an organization without a lot of staff members, California ReLeaf has made a big impact on countless communities throughout the state and established themselves as a respected leader in urban forestry and greening. Because their team is so approachable and willing to share their expertise with others, they are a valuable resource to community-based organizations and partner to other non-governmental organizations everywhere!
CA ReLeaf has been a dynamic partner in our coalition. They continue to bring insight to broader environmental conversations and demonstrate a deep passion for their work in CA communities. CA is well served by their staff and mission.
Having California ReLeaf on our Steering Committee has been instrumental in helping our statewide network further expand its focus and direction around California forestry as well as natural and working lands. Their staff continue to be collaborative and provide excellent policy expertise and insight from community based organizations.
I attended California ReLeaf's Retreat a few years back, and was blown away by how well organized and info-packed the convening was. At the retreat, I had the pleasure of meeting the Executive Director, Cindy Blain, and spoke to her about the need to better integrate the various stages/sectors of urban forestry (from growers, to planners/designers, to nonprofit partners, to install and maintenance crews, etc.). I have kept in touch with Cindy and her amazing team since then, working with them on bridging the gap between these disciplines not only as a member organization of California ReLeaf, but also as a Board Member. California ReLeaf is an essential nonprofit that is really taking on timely issues, and addressing them in both innovative yet practical ways, which is something to stand behind and be proud of!
I work for Friends of the Urban Forest, a non-profit urban forestry organization in San Francisco. We have been members of the California ReLeaf network for years. Being part of a statewide network of urban forestry organizations has been useful for us. We appreciate how easy it is for us to share information with our counterparts through the network. We are grateful to have a voice in the state capital thanks to California ReLeaf. We admire how productive and efficient California ReLeaf is with a small staff. It's a great organization!
I'm grateful to California ReLeaf for existing, and for doing all they do so well! I frequently recommend them to folks looking for a local urban forestry group, and I think this serves such an important function in our state.
Also, their job board is a great resource for tree-minded job seekers!
California ReLeaf is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building and sustaining healthy communities through trees. The team, Board of Directors, and community-based nonprofit tree organizations in California, which California ReLeaf supports, are truly dedicated to ensuring our present and future living conditions optimize our collective health, well-being, and environment. Thank you, California ReLeaf, for standing for trees, our planet, and our health!
California ReLeaf is an amazing organization comprised of knowledgeable and passionate people dedicated to improving urban forest canopy in California. They are committed to ensuring non-profits have access to the tools and support needed to improve their communities. Their continued dedication will leave a better, greener, California for future generations.
California ReLeaf provides incredible support for urban forestry nonprofits across the state, and the organization serves as the hub for the most relevant research and advocacy tools needed to spark transformational change on the local level. California ReLeaf plays an integral role in the CA urban forestry and environmental arena - they are the lynchpin holding urban forestry researchers, practitioners, community organizers, and advocates together, fostering cross-pollination, collaboration, and mutual support on a deep level. They not only empower their network members to use tools in their toolboxes, but they actively add tools to those toolboxes on both the state and local levels.
I am a co-director of a community-based organization called Growing Together – we carry out re-greening projects in Oakland’s public lands, in partnership with schools and neighborhood residents. For the past several years, California Releaf has been a cherished partner to our organization, providing invaluable support that has played an essential role in our growth and success. Three years ago, their grants program enabled us to install an orchard and outdoor classroom at middle school; between last year and this year, we have been able to finish or set in motion a total of twelve schoolyard greening projects, involving several thousand Oakland K-12 students in re-foresting their campuses. As a small fiscally-sponsored organization, these opportunities would have been likely impossible for us to take advantage of without their direct assistance. Most importantly, they are a joy to work with – even though I have not been with our organization long, I could not imagine a more welcoming group of people, who are so knowledgeable about their field and deeply dedicated to their mission. They have fully embraced our group’s efforts, sharing their extensive networks with us, connecting us to a wealth of opportunities, and helping us navigate the workings of policy and government funding. California Releaf is a non-profit that deserves to be recognized and thanked for their critical role in supporting the success of community-driven greening efforts in California’s urban communities.
California ReLeaf continues to be a valuable resource for CityTrees. Cindy and her staff have kept us informed about grants, lobbying opportunities, and educational webinars. Beyond all that, when CityTrees has a project that is stalled or not going well, I know I can call Cindy and get great advice about how to move forward. CityTrees is more effective as a result of our relationship with California ReLeaf.
California ReLeaf has been instrumental in building our urban forestry outreach and education program. Without their funding & support, our program would not have grown to this scale in such a short amount of time! Not only do they support programming for individual organizations, they also provide multiple professional development, continuing education, and networking opportunities. Even in two geographic locations! Staff has been so helpful in working with our organization to make sure our reporting is done accurately and in a timely manner. It has been very encouraging to have their help in a process such as grant reporting! They also provide education materials which is very helpful in saving time and communicating with our target audience. Thank you CA ReLeaf!!
I am proud to serve as President of CityTrees - a local non-profit based in Redwood City CA that focuses on planting and caring for our local urban forest. California ReLeaf has been tremendously helpful to us in a variety of different ways: informing us of upcoming grant opportunities that are well aligned with our mission, providing coaching on grant-writing techniques, and training us in various ways to do our job better. The professional staff of California ReLeaf is always very happy to take our calls and help us in any way they can. They are super-well-informed and super-helpful in more ways than I can count. Thanks, California ReLeaf!!
California ReLeaf has been enormously helpful in helping us navigate the process of finding external support for our urban forest in Redwood City. We are a small volunteer run organization, and California ReLeaf provided advice and know-how in looking for funding sources, finding partners, or organizing certain types of events. We were very lucky to find and work with California ReLeaf!
California ReLeaf is an amazing group of people dedicated to improving life for Californians (especially in communities of need) through tree planting and their advocacy work across the state. I was fortunate to partner with them and others in the coordination of the event "Urban Forests for Climate Solutions" at the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. California ReLeaf was an incredibly valuable partner and did so much to ensure that our event was a success. No task was too big or too small for them. I was really impressed with their ability to be such great team players. I would love to work with them again.
We started working with California ReLeaf in 2017 as a Grantee and have been impressed by the staffs' knowledge and expertise. ReLeaf staff are always willing and able to to work with us on any issues with our project. They are equally committed towards the success of our project, which is encouraging for us as we work through a three year tree planting project. Equal to the staffs' expertise is their kindness and openness to people and organizations that are not traditionally in the urban forestry sector. California ReLeaf's commitment to strengthening our urban forests is contagious, and we are grateful to have them as a key piece to our project's success.
It's great a pleasure to work in coalition with CA ReLeaf! I appreciate their insightful and collaborative staff.
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Californie ReLeaf has proven an invaluable coalition partner over the last year (and I assume beforehand, as well, I've only been in this position for a year). The senior staff are incredibly politically savvy and strategic in thinking about how to work cross-sectorally.
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I have loved getting California ReLeaf's emails this year that help me know when there are opportunities to apply for funding. They are great about giving us a clear-cut picture of what's going on when it comes to funding for urban forestry on the state and national level. They've also been putting on a series on workshops that seem to be really beneficial for anyone working in the urban forestry would who wants to do a better job integrating into their communities and facilitating important discussions in their areas!
I worked for ReLeaf for nearly 2 years and have yet to find a staff so passionate and thoughtful about the work they do. This is a small nonprofit doing big things. With such a small staff, you'd find it hard to believe they're the ones keeping all of California's urban forest happenings running strong -- until you get to experience the level of energy, expertise, and enthusiasm firsthand. I've since moved into a different industry but feel grateful to have gotten serious statewide communications experience working at ReLeaf, and lucky to know this team is fighting for the health and well-being of Californians through trees.
California ReLeaf is fantastic! They are truly passionate about what they do and do a phenomenal job of connecting individuals and organizations who care deeply about the environment and their communities.
For such a small staff, California ReLeaf does a heck of a job advocating for protecting, enhancing, and expanding urban forests in California. It's been impressive and inspiring to watch them leverage their limited resources to make such big impact on policies affecting our precious urban forest canopy. As someone who's worked with them in coalition, it's also refreshing to work with an organization that is so collaborative - fully capable of pursuing their mission with passion while also seeing the big picture and working in tandem with other organizations as we all work to tackle the big issues of our time (climate change, public health inequity, etc.).
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California ReLeaf provides an important role in the Environmental community and urban communities across the state. The staff is incredibly professional and love the work they do. California ReLeaf is a model organization that deserves high marks for the service they provide.
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I became acquainted with California ReLeaf shortly after moving to Sacramento in search of a job in the environmental nonprofit world. The staff met with me without hesitation and helped me come to understand the vast network of environmental nonprofits across California. As a working organization, my impression is that California ReLeaf is well-organized and thoughtful in their actions. Additionally, the staff are easygoing, passionate, and open-minded. Overall, I see the organization as an integral part of California's environmental efforts and I am extremely humbled to have met and worked alongside them.
Working for Los Angeles based urban forestry organizations you don't have the immediate access and ability to build relationships on the state level with elected officials in Sacramento. California ReLeaf masterfully fills that gap by supporting non-profits throughout the State of California by advocating for funding, providing the most current research to decision makers, and bringing together the urban forestry community throughout the state. If you're doing urban forestry work in California get to know California ReLeaf.
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When we started Richmond Trees, we knew what we wanted to achieve but not how to get there. With the guidance and support of California ReLeaf we were able to grow our small all volunteer group into a well oiled machine that gets the job done. They have supported us with their networks and webinars and all the support a volunteer group needs to succeed.
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Currently working closely with much of the California ReLeaf Staff - extremely knowledgeable, responsive, and all around great. Truly a pleasure and one of the leading NGOs in urban forestry
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California ReLeaf is one of the most respected nonprofit voices in California providing education and support for urban forestry across the state. What makes them unique is their capacity to work with organizations and stakeholders in the field and key legislators in the Capitol. It produces great outcomes for urban forests and the communities that depend on them.
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CA ReLeaf has a very great reputation in the State Capitol, which is where I spend most of my own professional time. Their ability to work well with groups on the ground, and develop very large coalitions that are consistently coordinated and on message, speaks to the genuine relationships that the organization has fostered throughout California. As a result, CA ReLeaf is an immense powerhouse when it comes to urban forestry advocacy that has consistently delivered great budget outcomes for communities that otherwise would be left behind without ReLeaf's efforts.
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I am a policy director at a fellow non-profit working on green infrastructure, water and urban forestry issues. California Relief's tireless work to ensure funding and laws from state-level legislation gets to urban forestry projects is and has been critical to the state's overall success in urban forestry. Thank you CA Releaf!
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California ReLeaf is an excellent partner. We rely on their expertise and knowledge of legislative issues. They work extremely well to build coalitions to protect funding for trees in California.
We collaborate with California ReLeaf on policy advocacy and grant administration, and they are a great partner. They are professional and thoughtful, and contribute a lot to our advocacy on urban forestry. Furthermore, we've seen firsthand what a great resource they can be for smaller community groups looking to get started with urban forestry.
Hello, I'm a Certified Arborist with a recidential tree care business . Recently I had the chance to make a presentation about jobs, tree care and diversity. The conference was titled "The Power of Trees". This event was organized by Cindy Blain of California ReLeaf and it was phenomenal. What really impressed me was that the topic of race was part of the education and discussion. It made us look into ourselves and see how we are treated and how we treat others of different races. I thank California ReLeaf for making the space for such important discussion in the tree care industry.
I am a Urban Forest manager working for municipalities throughout CA. Early in my career I found many times that non profit tree groups in our state worked in conflict with tree care professionals. During the last 20 years I've had many occasions to work together with ReLeaf and have found they are educating both the "Tree Huggers" the needs of trees and the professionals the values citizens have for trees. This education has been in multiple forms, my favorite is when we all work together on projects and that is where ReLeaf has been a major partner on many projects I've worked on with them and other industry groups. As example the first time our regional air quality board excepted that trees help clean the air 2004 and funded projects for action through today while we work on developing Best Management practices for Tree Care for Birds and Wildlife. ReLeaf has been a key to helping our urban forests in CA.
Thank you, Andy Trotter
I love California ReLeaf! As an arborist who works for a community tree planting non-profit, they have helped me connect with others in my field. ReLeaf has been instramnetal in helping me develop my knowledge in my field and setting up relationships which have made my organization more successful in our day-to-day activities as well as programatically. Not only have I gained tremendously from their helping hand, but I have also been able to share my knowledge with others in my field through talks I have given at their encouragment. I can't speak highly enough of Califronia ReLeaf!
As our climate changes and our drought lingers on, it becomes crucial that we all begin to understand the importance of our trees. Does the average Californian or for that matter elected official, realize that beyond esthetics, our trees provide cooling to our urban environment and also naturally store gallons and gallons of water in their root systems, to name just a few advantages. California ReLeaf does a fantastic job of educating the citizens of this state, to the incredible benefits of cultivating and protecting our canopy. The information and resources provided by California ReLeaf, will make a "tree hugger" out of the most skeptical amongst us.
The nonprofit I co-founded, Industrial District Green, was just awarded a Social Equity Tree-Planting grant through CALReleaf for 2016. We are a new organization working in an extremely challenging environment in downtown Los Angeles. We had a lot of questions and needed a lot of support in applying for this grant. The staff at CALReleaf were very patient with us and have been quick to answer any questions we had. We are looking forward to a continuing relationship with CALRelaf as we work to green our target zone with many, many more trees.
The Sonoma Ecology Center just joined on as a member group of the California ReLeaf organization and were immediately immersed in great resources, networking and incredible professional development related to urban forestry. We can not say enough about how great and supportive the staff have been in getting our urban forest campaign going in the Sonoma Valley. Thank you so much to Cindy and Melissa and all of the other staff of the organization, your work is so appreciated!
California ReLeaf is the fiscal manager of our Tree Care for Birds and other Wildlife Project which is a statewide partnership between the tree care industry and wildlife advocates. As a co-leader of this all-volunteer project, I have been delighted with the support provided by California Releaf. It has exceeded my expectations. Staff have assisted us in creating and managing a budget and in processing donations and reimbursements, tracking our in-kind donations and providing valuable input on grant writing. They have even attend our quarterly meetings and assist us in networking with other organizations. Our requests and inquiries are always promptly and pleasantly handled. I personally have greater peace of mind and confidence about the outcome of our ambitious project because of our partnership with California Releaf.
I love ReLeaf! They have helped our organization get started as a local tree nonprofit in our neighborhood.
The Roseville Urban Forest Foundation has been a long standing member and has greatly benefited from the support CA ReLEAF efforts provide. They have helped us many times over the years with professional guidance and with funding projects through grants. They have provided opportunity to increase our awareness and knowledge of urban forestry through workshops and access to an amazing network of like-minded groups across the state.
The staff’s dedication and expertise is second to none. They have a “can do” philosophy. They are leaders in advocating for healthy urban forests at the state level, which in turn empowers local community groups.
California ReLeaf is one of the premier - if not THE premier - state-level advocacy organizations focused on urban forestry. Their staff is deeply-experienced in Capitol work and they create compelling narratives about the importance of urban forestry to shade our neighborhoods, clean our air, and beautify our communities.
California ReLeaf has done a great job of passing along grant opportunities and funds to communities and groups to facilitate tree planting, tree maintenance, and tree education. They have partnered with other organizations to expand resources, advocate for trees, and demonstrate the value of trees where people live, work, and play.
If you are interested in grant funds, participating with projects for planting trees, or want information about the value and importance of trees, California ReLeaf can provide the information or partner to help you.
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As a marketing/communications advisor to California ReLeaf over the last several years, I have found them to articulate a clear mission and objectives, and to deliver on the mission with strategic thinking and actions. From advocating for urban trees at the state level, to serving members through grants and technical assistance, staff have also taken new leadership roles to facilitate the development of cohesive statewide messaging on the drought and caring for trees. The trees and urban forests are lucky to have this organization!
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As an urban ecology consultant, I've worked with CA Releaf in several capacities. Their dedication to urban forestry and their professionalism are unsurpassed. They work tirelessly, and often unseen, to advocate for trees and the organizations that support urban forestry. The resources they offer--from their newsletter to their webinars to their grant opportunities--make the field stronger and more valuable.
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The CaReleaf team is the go to resource for State of California legislation, education materials, and technical support. Cindy Blain and Chuck Mills have built valuable relationships with government, non-profit and industry partners. We admire their leadership; not an easy task in the largest state in the union! Thanks, Lee Ayres , CEO, Tree Fresno
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