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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Environmental Education, Forest Conservation, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Target demographics: the environment

Geographic areas served: Fairfax County and surrounding communities

Programs: tree planting and environmental education.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son wanted to do a tree-planting for a community service project, and a quick online search brought up Fairfax ReLeaf. In the fall, we attended a training session, where we were educated about the importance of trees, and led through a hands-on planting session, where we learned proper planting technique. This was a very satisfying project, and we were very happy to be getting on-the-ground experience with such friendly and FREE oversight! Several months later, my son had his own planting project on the grounds of our religious institution; Fairfax ReLeaf provided the seedlings, tools, other materials, and an experienced volunteer to help at the project site. The process was easy and fun and so rewarding, and we all felt like we did something tangible to make our community better. The fact that the staff at Fairfax Releaf were so forthcoming with support, information, and materials was absolutely wonderful. We will definitely plan more projects with their assistance in the future!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fairfax Releaf is a great nonprofit organization. I only learned of Fairfax Releaf recently and that was through a member of our HOA who had previously received from trees from Fairfax Releaf. The HOA member gave me the contact info for Tayor Beach. I reached out to Taylor to get some Redbud and Dogwood seedlings. What an incredible, incredible person Taylor is --- from the several phone calls and email exchanges with her to my finally meeting her to pick up the seedlings, she was most responsive and certainly set an example of excellence in customer service. Fairfax Relief is lucky to have just an incredible person as Taylor on the staff. She kept me posted by email on the status of my order. She was very accommodating on arranging a time for me to pickup the seedlings. Her vast knowledge of the various native trees is impressive. If you are looking for native tree seedling, contact Taylor at Fairfax Relief. Without a doubt, you will have a memorable experience. I very much look forward to contacting Fairfax Relief in the future when I need more native seedlings. Taylor, keep up the excellent work you do for Fairfax Relief.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I now have a new favorite non-profit!!! Fairfax Releaf is incredible! Who knew that such a great nature-loving group existed so close to the big city? I read about Fairfax Releaf's Spring tree offering through our community newsletter, and decided to see what they were all about. Much to my amazement they were offering a wide variety of native trees and shrubs at no cost to residents. As cool as that was, things got even better once I heard back from Taylor Beach. Taylor was friendly, knowledgeable, efficient, helpful, and exceptionally accommodating--plus she even had a tree name, though spelled "ea" instead of "ee", Taylor is a tree person through and through! Taylor and Fairfax Releaf provided me with more than 2 dozen trees and shrubs for our new home. What a great non-profit and horticultural opportunity for our county, and what a great representative this group has in Taylor!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fairfax ReLeaf is a great Non-Profit. They helped us with our Earth Day celebration this year by providing hundreds of native tree saplings to be planted at no charge. We were able to distribute 900 saplings this year which were planted for Earth Day. Taylor Beach was extremely helpful with this effort. She is very knowledgeable of the saplings and accommodating on the pick up of the trees. Fairfax ReLeaf is a great organization and is a great help with replanting the tree loss in this area.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great program!! I was able to get trees of many varieties to plant along the front of our property that runs along a visible road. The trees will help reforest and block the view of traffic as well as clean the air. The whole thing could not have been easier! I got the trees, the tree guards and stakes a no charge. Can't wait till they take off and block the road visibility!
This is an important program as well because of so much tree loss due to development!! We need more trees!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Releaf is a great organization. They provided us with different species of native trees and shrubs which was exactly what we needed for your new home which only had one tree on the entire lot. Releaf also provided us with the stakes and protectors we needed to get the trees going. Taylor was great she was so accommodating with our last minute schedule and gave us all of the information we needed to get started.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Taylor Beach was fantastic. Our HOA is re-foresting our Common Ground and Taylor delivered 12 native species seedlings with directions, sleeves, etc. Fantastic project--we'll do another planting next year and look to work with Fairfax ReLeaf again.

Sandra48

Client Served

Rating: 5

I contacted Fairfax ReLeaf last spring for help with reforesting a part of the HOA landscaping. They gave us a list of the trees available and we selected 14. Even though it was their busy time of year ReLeaf provided them promptly along with planting instructions. All but one of the trees have done very well. For future planning, ReLeaf arranged for a walk-around of the property with a professional forester (volunteer) and a ReLeaf representative for our landscape committee. We were very impressed with the expert advice that was given, and now have all of the information we need to further increase and enhance the area of reforestation. We have received advice from professional arborists in the past, and the help we got from Re Leaf was much better. ReLeaf will also arrange for volunteers to do the planting of new trees if needed. The experience of working with ReLeaf has been amazing because they are people who are knowledgable and really care about what they are doing. In addition it is very gratifying to see forested areas returning, and have a viable plan for the future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a member of our local Lions club, I was looking for assistance in obtaining trees for a worldwide International Lions Clubs project of planting one million trees in 2012. I was given the name of Fairfax Releaf as a possible source of trees. The executive director was extremely helpful in suggesting the appropriate trees for our selected location. She then provided the trees and associated materials, along with excellent information on planting and maintenance procedures. The project was most successful, largely due to the cooperation and expertise of Fairfax Releaf. And worldwide, Lions clubs planted more than 15 million trees!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fairfax ReLeaf to the rescue! My community initially contacted ReLeaf to help us replace some recently lost trees, but they delivered so much more. In addition to recommending and providing trees for the area we requested, they volunteered to help us with a much larger challenge we were facing and ended up improving both the environmental integrity and beauty of our neighborhood. Their expertise and service was outstanding, and working with Taylor was an absolute delight!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fairfax Releaf and specifically Taylor Beach were incredible to work with on our neighborhood planting. We had been concerned for years about erosion around the lake, as well as replacement for several large trees lost to storms over the past 5 years. Fairfax Releaf provided recommendations for both situations. In addition, individual homeowners were given the opportunity to select a variety of additional trees for their property. On tree planting day, Taylor was there with all the necessary tools and supplies, along with trees labeled for individual owner. She provided great instructions, highly organized. Taylor provided great tips for maintaining our tree plantings and promised to replace any that might fail. We all worked hard but had a great time planting and sharing stories. I would highly recommend Fairfax Releaf to any neighborhood considering a major tree planting project.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first met Taylor Beach and Jim when they came out to do a site survey for our community. They recommended several native tree seedlings to replace trees we've previously lost. Additionally, they recommended 60 shrub seedlings to help us control the erosion on our lake bank. They also taught us how to control the japanese honeysuckle that was attaching existing shrubs. We were over joyed with what they were offering our community for free. Taylor and Jim also provided excellent training to our coordinators and were available to answer questions as we prepared for our planting day. On planting day Taylor was there with all the tools we needed for the planting and was actively engaged with our volunteers to plant 84 seedlings in 3 hours. Not only were Taylor, Jim and Fairfax ReLeaf highly professional, we also had a lot of fun with Taylor on planting day. My experience with Fairfax ReLeaf was outstanding!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been working with Taylor Beach for several months now and recently she and Jim provided the Lake Braddock community project manager training and helped us get started with our tree and shrub project. Both Taylor and Jim are very professional and always well prepared and helpful in our meetings and other interactions. When they came to our community for the project manager training they brought all the equipment needed for the presentation and the planting of approximately 50 trees and bushes. At their suggestion, we've also opened this up to our homeowners who are very appreciative of the opportunity to plant native species on their property. We plan on this being a long term relationship to plant trees and shrubs throughout the 400+ acres of the Lake Braddock community. This is a great program and will provide decades of benefit to the residents. This should be more widely advertised to the county.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I worked closely with Ms. Beach to find the right trees for my lot. She was extremely helpful, friendly, and responsive to my request. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a great non-profit. She does a great job fulfilling her mission.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fairfax Releaf gave me 10 trees of my choice, along with all the necessary materials and instructions to plant them (includig wooden steaks, nets from birds, etc. They also offered for their volunteers to come plant it in my yard for free. They weree very helpful, and the trees are doing great.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fairfax ReLeaf has provided the trees, expertise, equipment and supplies for over a decade to support tree planting on the campus of Rachel Carson Middle School in Herndon, Virginia. Taylor Beach has been the Fairfax ReLeaf representative who has worked with our school for the last several years. She has been very flexible and has always gone out of her way to accomodate our needs around tree planting. Taylor visits the school before planting to assess the area most suitable for planting, brings all equipment, supplies and tree saplings, and teaches the students how to successfully plant trees. The students participate in a meaningful, educational activity in which they learn by doing. Many trees planted years ago are now 10 or more feet tall, providing wildlife habitat and food, reducing erosion and producing oxygen to name just a few benefits. One tree planted with Fairfax ReLeaf is now taller than the school. Students have been actively involved in tree planting almost every year since the school opened in 1998. One year, Taylor worked with a pair of Rachel Carson students to facilitate tree planting in their own community as part of a science project. The project was very successful and included numerous community and student volunteers. Thanks to Taylor Beach and everyone at Fairfax ReLeaf who have helped make all this happen! Tree planting with Fairfax ReLeaf has been a very successful, win-win partnership that we hope to continue fo rmany years to come.

Robert M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fairfax ReLeaf and Taylor Beach for the past two years have assisted us in our communities Earth Day celebration by providing us with excellent customer service in issuing trees, deer guards, bird nets and stakes. These last two years we have planted 200 trees on the backside of where we used to have garden plots that back up to Lake Accotink Park. The kids and adults who have participated have taken great pride in planting these trees and replenishing mother nature.

This organization has a great mission and is doing an excellent job getting it done. We look forward to many years ahead of working with them.

Girl Scout Troop1867

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fairfax Releaf, Taylor Beach has been giving great support for my wonderful Girl Scouts who have a project for the environment. When my scouts needed tree seedlings, she has provided in short notice. And she has came to the location where my scouts planted the tree seedlings, walked through with the scouts, and patiently answered all their questions.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fairfax ReLeaf offered our 3rd-6th grade students a rare chance to impact their environment and actively participate in community service. We heard of Fairfax ReLeaf through a nearby middle school which has planted over 2,000 trees with them. Fairfax ReLeaf was extremely easy to work with. Ms. Beach brought a conservationist and school grounds supervisor to our school to select an appropriate site for planting, and on the event day, provided 18 free tree saplings, along with all of the tools necessary to clear, dig, plant, and secure them. She taught the students, and all we had to do was provide workers and water! It was a great experience, and we hope to make it an annual project. I would highly recommend this organization! Jeanne McKinley, School Counselor Fairfax, VA