INDIANAPOLIS—(November 8, 2010) Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) will receive a $10,000 National NeighborWoods grant from the Alliance for Community Trees and The Home Depot Foundation to help revitalize the near Eastside with a NeighborWoods tree planting. Utilizing a variety of important local partners, KIB will work collaboratively with neighborhood residents, volunteers, and Team Depot associates from local Home Depot stores to bring the benefits of trees to this Indy community by planting 50 trees on Saturday, November 13, to transform the intersection of Emerson Ave. and 10th Street.
“Already, more than 20,000 trees have been planted in Indianapolis since we announced our NeighborWoods goal of 100,000 trees in ten years back in 2006,” said Jerome Delbridge, coordinator of KIB’s NeighborWoods program. “These trees have helped many Indianapolis neighborhoods, and this generous grant to continue our work is something that KIB and the residents of the near eastside are truly grateful to receive.”
The 50 new trees that will be planted will improve the health and livability of the neighborhood by cleaning the air, reducing energy bills—providing heat-beating shade, increasing property values, and decreasing polluted storm water runoff.
Together with local partners—including The Boner Center, Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Indy East Asset Development, and neighborhood leaders and businesses—KIB will be making a tangible improvement to the quality of life for residents in the near Eastside. Numerous local and state elected officials have been invited to attend the planting effort that will demonstrate the value of trees and urban greening in building healthy communities.
One of eleven organizations nationwide to receive this highly competitive challenge grant in support of urban forestry and affordable housing partnerships; KIB will put to good use the $10,000 grant to make the near Eastside healthier and greener through trees
About Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization uniting people to build community and transform public spaces through aesthetic and environmental improvement. In 2009, KIB worked with nearly 45,000 volunteers on 500 community projects. To learn more, please visitwww.kibi.org and follow us on Twitter @kibiorg and like us on Facebook @kibiorg.
About Alliance for Community Trees
Alliance for Community Trees (ACT) is dedicated to improving the health and livability of cities by planting and caring for trees. With 170 grassroots affiliates in 41 states and Canada, ACT engages volunteers to take action to improve the environment where 80% of people live – in urban areas. ACT member organizations have planted and cared for 15 million trees in cities with help from 5 million volunteers. For more information, visit www.actrees.org.
About The Home Depot Foundation
Created in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation supports nonprofit organizations dedicated to creating and preserving healthy, affordable homes as the cornerstone of sustainable communities. The Foundation’s goal is for all families to have the opportunity to live in healthy, efficient homes they can afford over the long-term; to have access to safe, vibrant parks and green spaces; and to receive the economic, social and environmental benefits of living in a sustainable community. Since its formation, The Home Depot Foundation has granted $190 million to nonprofit organizations and supported the development of more than 95,000 homes, planted more than 1.2 million trees, and built or refurbished more than 1875 playgrounds, parks and green spaces. For more information, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org and follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn and like us on Facebook @homedepotfoundation.