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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Environment, Forest Conservation, Urban & Community Economic Development

Mission: The New Jersey Tree Foundation is a state-wide non-profit organization dedicated to planting trees in New Jersey's most underserved neighborhoods. Through tree planting, volunteerism and partnerships, we assist numerous communities in improving their environment and quality of life.

Results: Since 1998, the New Jersey Tree Foundation has planted 203,661 trees across the state. Involving local community residents in the planning, planting, and long-term care of trees allows us to report a 95% tree survival rate.

Programs: Tree planting, forestry services, neighborhood revitalization and beautification including forestry educational services.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Tariq Raheem, and I am a very happy with the tree planting experience. From beginning to the end of the process, Elena and the NJ Tree Foundation worked very hard to make sure that the neighbors on my block fully understood the impact that more trees would have on the block. She also helped residents by accommodating specific needs of the homeowners. For example, she made sure that the new crop of trees were selections that were fruitful, and that the trees did not grow so tall that they would grow into the utility wires.

As President of the Eastern Parkway Block Association and on behalf of all the 16 neighbors on the block that planted trees I thank the scores of volunteers that worked with us to dig and plant trees on Green Day. The pouring rain that morning did not stop good people from serving. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Tree planting was truly awesome! Elena Lopez and her assistant Wayne were fantastic teachers and coordinators, they needed to be as they had quiet a variety of Volunteers with varying skill sets. They were assisted by our local Scout troop, whose leaders channeled the boundless energy of all of these great Kids into the digging and watering of the trees. Volunteers came from other parts of Jersey ( which Rocks !) and together with my neighbors ( some of whom I met for the first time ) participated in this wonderful planting. I am a recent resident of New Jersey and as of that Planting a very Proud one. Thank you

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The NJ Tree Foundation has done an excellent job in bringing our streets back to life. The trees offer a new look and our neighborhood residents see not only the beauty in the trees but also to health-related impacts associated with them. 40 volunteers with the Foundation were just out to plant 60 trees and residents remarked all day on how wonderful the transformation is.

Thanks, NJ Tree Foundation!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

NJ Tree Foundation events integrate outside volunteers and local community members. Events are well run and fun. I always leave a planting session feeling happy and restored and leave behind a new piece of nature.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Coordination of events is done perfectly! Volunteering is fun and safe for all ages. Great organization and extraordinary work and support offered following up after events is extraordinary!! Jessica Franzini is Awesome and one of a kind!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent Event - Every time I work with this organization everything runs perfect! Jess does an amazing job coordinating!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff at NJ Tree Foundation are super friendly and competent! I've been volunteering with them for two years and feel very fortunate that I went to so many fantastic volunteer experiences with them!

One superior and rare characteristic about the Volunteer Coordinator is that she works really hard to get the right amount of volunteers show up. Everyone has an opportunity to work at each event without straining too hard to plant all of the trees in time.

Keep up the great work NJ Tree Foundation!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I gotta say, that the N.J Tree foundation did a fenominal job. Along with Jessica and Jose. Who have to be two of the most hard working people I've met in a long time. The volunteers did an amazing job as well. I've got no negative comments to say. My Congregation, Pastor and I, are so humbled by your help, donation and time you guys spent with us. I look forward to to volunteering in the near future. The trees are great. We have hotten alot of comments and questions about your foundation. Which I've gladly shared. Thanks again for your time and hard work.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My children and I have been volunteering for years! The NJ Tree Foundation has given us the opportunity to give back and beautify our community and it's done in a way that's sustainable. The work done by the NJ Tree Foundation will be enjoyed by generations!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My sons and I have participated in several tree plantings organized by the NJ Tree Foundation. The experience is both uplifting and inspiring. Having the opportunity to meet and work alongside so many wonderful people from the community, as well as see the difference that trees can make to their lives and their neighborhoods is simply priceless.

The NJTF is a wonderful organization that is having a tremendous impact on communities - both the community benefitting from the trees as well as the community of volunteers taking time to pitch in. In addition, the NJTF helps educate all of those involved. The actual planting can be a little strenuous at times for some, but the team from the NJTF always makes sure everyone is safe and well informed on how to properly do the work.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my experiences and I look forward to doing so again in the near future.

3 Kathy257

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first learned of this good organization while volunteering for a different organization (Jersey Cares) . As a Newark NJ city resident I loved the idea of planting trees in Newark. At the event, Elena Lopez invited me to a class to learn more about trees.

I registered and have learned so much. Sadly next week is the final week.
Was glad to learn about trees and grateful I never bought a tree to plant on my property before taking this class! Now that I have Elena's good class under my belt I know what I need to do: find out from city where I can plant, how to plant (lots of details to know).

I was touched they provided dinner for us all, and from a local restaurant!

I look forward to volunteering my time with this fine organization. I salute NJTF for recruiting Elena. She is a wonderful face for your organization: she tells and shows and she is a marvelous instructor.

I look forward to looking into all the resources Elena provided at this course.

3 Barbara245

Client Served

Rating: 5

The New Jersey Tree Foundation is top-notch in every way. They led us step-by-step in getting 10 trees planted on Emerson Place in Newark after years without replacement of trees that had died or been damaged. From the inquiring first phone call for help to the last handful of mulch around the trunk, Elena Lopez and her cadre of volunteers were instrumental in getting the job done with and for us. The NJTF runs smooth, clean and lean.
Everyone associated with the NJTF is warm, friendly, helpful and willing to share their time and talents.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with NJTF for almost 3 years now. The concept of the organization is unbelievably well received by residents of Camden, the staff is top notch when organizing and training during the planting events, and the events themselves are fun and give the residents of the neighborhood a chance to work together with one another, have peace in some tough communities, and enjoy the natural beauty of a big green tree. Donate to NJTF, and volunteer during their events. You will be doing something extremely important for those who have the privilege of caring for the trees once they're planted. God bless!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The New Jersey Tree Foundation has gone above and beyond to support the young adults that serve as members of PowerCorps Camden. Jess and her team partnered with us in trainings and in an incredibly impactful tree planting in Von Nieda Park in Camden. The knowledge, support and hands on experience that NJ Trees has provided to our members is unmatched.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The NJTF has assisted the City of Camden in planting well over 5,000 trees citywide. These trees continue to improve Camden's neighborhoods and parks years after being planted.

The professionalism demonstrated by NJTF's staff and volunteers is truly amazing. I recommend the NJTF's tree planting services to any entity looking to plant trees.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I SO WAS SO HAPPY TO BE A PART OF, THAT CLASS I LEARN SO MUCH THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND I LEARN HOW TO MULCH.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The tree planting is a wonderful addition to our space which, just a few months ago was nothing but another vacant lot in the Ironbound section of Newark known as East Ferry. Decades of pollution from local industry, railroads, Newark International Airport, trucks, cars and even an incinerator have sadly defined our neighborhood. The 10 fruit trees added to the Urban Farm & Farm Market Space have brought a small orchard to this neighborhood! There are few words that could truly express how amazing that is for our community; to be able to sit and chat under an orchard tree, to be able to enjoy and literally, be nourished by the fruits of the community's labor that planted it and tends to it, to bring green to a city of asphalt and concrete are just a few of the ways the trees donated by NJ Tree Foundation have positively impacted to our community.

5 Alexander M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The New Jersey Tree Foundation is a non profit to be celebrated as the premier exemplar of what it means to serve our great residents through taking action to create massive, powerful, environmental impacts for all people for years to come! Having planted 40 trees with this great foundation I have not only found profound fulfillment in my life but I have experiences first hand how transforming planting trees is for all people. Students gain a deeper understanding of just how critical trees are for all living things. Parents feel connected to their community and feel a sense of pride as they take action to reverse climate change. Elected officials see concrete positive change occur and support these efforts with full force. Most importantly carbon footprints are reduced, our environment is expanded, our air cleaned, our heating bills reduced, crime plummets, and community is built tree by tree person by person. I implore you and your organization to get involved, support the foundation with generous financial and material contributions, and to join forces with this great organization run by amazing, honest, hard working, and socially and environmentally conscious people!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our school has planted over 20 trees with the NJ Tree Foundation and we have had amazing success! Because of the hard work and great leadership from Director Lisa Simms and Newark Renaissance Tree Program Leader Elena Lopez the Central Ward of Newark will have cleaner air, healthier people, and fresh fruit for years to come. They are true champions of the Green Revolution!

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Thank you Alexander! We enjoy working with you and your excellent school! ~ Lisa S., NJTF

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with the New Jersey Tree Foundation has been one of my life's best experiences. I have done a lot of volunteering, but this gig brings instant results. Where else can you participate in the transformation of a block of row homes in just three hours? Jessica is simply the best person to work with, and the people who show up to help from colleges, schools, organizations, and the neighborhoods are wonderful to talk to, plant with, and get to know. You start on time, finish on time, and there's a little something for everyone to do. I know because I cannot actually shovel for too long, due to physical size, but I'm busy doing tasks that go into the effort. I have also learned how to plant trees, a terrific and transferable skill. Camden is happening, so. . . see you on the street.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We absolutely love volunteering here with Jesscia and all the rest of the volunteers.

When we show up with the trucks and the trees and all the neighbors and the kids come out, its just magical. A celebration of life indeed!

NJ Tree Foundation actually transforms lives! and when we transform lives, we empower not only the people and the community itself but it even expands to all those peole just watching us. Its expansion, its thriving. There aren't enough Kudos in the universe to thank Jessica and The NJ Tree Foundation for all their outstanding, good and MAGICAL works.