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New Jersey Tree Foundation Inc

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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

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Adriana A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NJTF helped me organize my block to plant beautiful trees. The final product was beautiful! I couldn't be prouder!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with NJ Tree Foundation for street tree plantation events in Newark. It was truly a fulfilling experience. Elena and her dad are amazing coaches and gave their all to guide volunteers in planting the trees correctly.

Miguel A G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This has has to be one of the best non-profit organizations that I have worked within the last 10 years. Elena and the entire organization help me Revitalize my community with these floral trees. It was great getting to school involved and that initiative belongs to the New Jersey tree Foundation. I recommend that any Community leader that is interested in revitalizing the neighborhood please work with the New Jersey tree Foundation. You will not be disappointed in their expertise and willingness to work with the community to plant the best trees for the environment. I am planning on working with them and the upcoming 2018 calendar year. The New Jersey tree Foundation is the absolute best.
Miguel Goyco

John L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you to NJ Tree Foundation, Elena Lopez and all the 40 +
Volunteers that came out on the planting day to beautify our neighborhood with 5 Zelkovas 5 cherries surrounding
3rd ave and Garside St and 6 fruit tree's in our community garden
This will create a beautiful area for our children and senior citizens of our community. Thank you very much Elena López you are a blessing to our community keep up the good work !!!
I still got more space !!! LOL
from the Community to the Community
one Step at the Time,
Little by Little will get it Done !!!
Thank you NJ Tree Foundation you guys Rock !!!

2

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.

3

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!

1

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!

1

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!

2

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.

2

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.