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Community Engagement: Tips and Strategies

06/07/16 | View Comments

For those who work or volunteer in the nonprofit world, engaging the local community is always on hearts, minds, and spreadsheets.

A gardener paints his sign with support from Carmen Bouyer. Photo by, Elizabeth Gilcrest, LOR Community Organizer

A community gardener creates a sign for his garden plot. Source: Elizabeth Gilcrest, Landscapes of Resilience.

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Learning From Partner Organizations

03/17/15 | View Comments

Each month in our Open Voices blog we share insight from leaders in our communities who are advancing what it means to have sacred, open green spaces in our cities. This month we spoke with Trees Forever Founding President Shannon Ramsay about urban forestry engagement possibilities in Iowa and across the United States.

For 25 years and counting, Trees Forever has helped thousands of community volunteers, civic leaders, government officials and landowners with local tree-planting projects and initiatives. The organization took its first step when Shannon Ramsay recognized a need. That combined with her ability as an entrepreneur to gather resources and citizen volunteers to plant trees in the Midwest. ramsay
Today, Trees Forever works with over 7000 volunteers annually and is a noteworthy model of independent civic initiatives. The organization is a major voice in Midwest local and state government, local corporations, and civic community partnerships. Trees Forever simultaneously supports those who want to take urban forestry into the political arena, those who participate in community plantings, and like-minded urban forestry groups who want to increase their capacity for change.

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