GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is looking for volunteers to help them plant 200 trees in 48 hours in the city's Southtown area.
‘Neighbourhoods' will be taking place Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1.
You can volunteer for one of three shifts, starting at the Gerald R. Ford Academic Center on Madison Avenue Southeast. Volunteers will be put into teams and trained.
A board member who spoke with 13 On Your Side says having a robust urban tree canopy helps everyone in the city.
“Trees serve a lot of functions, you know, they help navigate traffic, shield some of the noise, give us clean air, filter some of the pollutants that get into the soil,” said Oliverio Covarrubias of Friends of Grand Rapids Parks.
Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is also looking for partners to help them plant 15,000 trees in the city by 2027.