November Park It! Newsletter: It’s a great time to be a friend!

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  November 2010


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word from the director

It’s a great time to be a friend, double your gift until Dec. 31



Please consider becoming a “Friend” of Grand Rapids parks or renewing your support. Your investment will support our nonprofit’s efforts to organize volunteers, make park improvements, raise community awareness about the value of parks, and positively influence local policy and spending that improve quality of life. It is only with your generous support that this work is possible. I’m writing to invite you to get involved and support our cause through a financial contribution.

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Again this year, J.C. Huizenga has issued an inspiring challenge, matching the next $5,000 in gifts dollar-for-dollar through December 31, 2010.

Great Parks make Great Neighborhoods!

Steve Faber, Executive Director

special thanks to our tree planters

over 125 volunteers plant 51 trees


Thank you to all the volunteers that helped plant trees at Fuller/Hillcrest Park on October 29th and the Grand Rapids Bike Park on the 30th as part of NeighborWoods Month and the Seimens Sustainable Communities Award. The award and funds for planting the was given to the City for winning Siemens Sustainable Community Award for mid-size communities by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) and Siemens Corporation.  

On behalf of the organizing partners – Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, Global Releaf of Michigan, Alliance for Community Trees and the City of Grand Rapids Parks, Recreation & Forestry – thank you to the employees of Siemens, Home Depot’s Team Depot, Bartlett Tree Expert Co. of Grand Rapids, Lawrence Arbor Care of Ann Arbor, Miller-Canfield, BDO Seidman, West Michigan Mountain Bike Assoc. and all the other volunteers for making these events a success. Thank you again to lead sponsor Siemens and supporters Amway and Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce.

These tree plantings were part of National Neighborwoods Month. It was one of 6 events we hosted as a local affiliate of the Alliance for Community Trees in October to raise awareness about the assets of our urban forest and parks.

we need your input

how can we better serve our volunteers?

  We are always looking for ways to improve our volunteer experiences. If you have volunteered with us, or think you would like to some day, please consider taking this 5 minute online survey put together by Grand Valley students taking CAP 400 Public Relations and Advertising Campaigns. The results will be used to help us plan better for volunteer engagement next year.

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