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Please join Groundwork Lawrence as we celebrate Arbor Day and the planting of Lawrence's 60th new tree of 2009! 

City of Lawrence Arbor Day Celebration
Friday, April 24, 2009
10:00am to 12:00pm
8 Hazel Place - Lawrence, MA (click for a map)
(located off Water Street in the Tower Hill Neighborhood)
At this event, we will gather with our project partners, funders, and supporters in front of the home where our 60th tree of the year will be planted.  Our tree planting crew from YouthBuild Lawrence will be on-hand to help us put our final new tree in the ground.
Joining us are U.S. Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, DCR Commissioner Richard K. Sullivan Jr., Mayor Michael J. Sullivan, Senator Sue Tucker, Rep. William Lantigua, Rep. David Torrisi, and Rep. Barry Finegold; our program partners, including  Bread and Roses Housing, the City of Lawrence First-Time Homebuyers Program, Habitat for Humanity, Lawrence CommunityWorks, and YouthBuild; and our funders, including the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Home Depot Foundation, the Patriots Foundation, and the US Forest Service.

Please see our press release below for more details.
Hope to see you on Friday!
Groundwork Lawrence, Residents and Local Partners Celebrate Arbor Day and the Planting of 60 Trees
LAWRENCE, MA (April 22, 2009) - On Friday, April 24th Groundwork Lawrence-- along with local non-profit partners YouthBuild Lawrence, Habitat for Humanity, Lawrence CommunityWorks, Bread and Roses Housing, and the City of Lawrence First Time Homebuyer Program-- will celebrate Arbor Day with a tree planting at 8 Hazel Place in Lawrence from 10 am until 12 noon.  This event will commemorate the culmination of Groundwork Lawrence's springtime "GreenStreets" tree planting program, and the kick-off to its Urban Forestry Coalition work-designed to engage local stakeholders in planning and advocating for wider tree planting, maintenance, and protection across the city.
Through its GreenStreets program, Groundwork Lawrence has been working to locate participants across Lawrence in partnership with organizations that counsel and help aspiring new home owners make their first home purchase.  With YouthBuild-- a local non-profit program designed to help young adults attain their GEDs while learning on-the-job carpentry and outdoor landscaping skills-- Groundwork Lawrence has been planting sixty trees in the front and side yards of new homeowners within 20 feet of a public way.  The GreenStreets program is especially important because unlike trees located on public streets or in parks, each GreenStreets tree is matched with a new homeowner who agrees to care for his/her tree over the long-term.  Program participants gain valuable tips and tools for maintaining and watering the new tree to create a lasting commitment to tree stewardship.  Combined, a tree steward's regular watering, maintenance and oversight of an urban tree provide the tree with the greatest chances for long-term survival, which can be up to 30 years with the right conditions.
The benefits of urban trees are plentiful-from improving the quality of our air and off-setting CO2 emissions from cars, trucks and busses, to providing shade in summer and insulation in the winter, to creating an overall cooling effect in our highly paved-over city.  Especially at a time when municipal budgets for maintenance are shrinking, and with homeowners more concerned with heating and cooling bills than ever, Groundwork's GreenStreets program aims to make a lasting investment in our community's overall capacity for being cleaner, greener, and healthier with a lush and vibrant tree canopy.
Groundwork Lawrence has been able to provide these trees to the community free of charge thanks to grant funds from the Commonwealth through DCR's Urban Forestry grant program, the Home Depot Foundation, US Forest Service, and New England Patriots Foundation.
Since 2001, Groundwork Lawrence is has been greening Lawrence and changing places, changing lives through tree plantings, creating new and refurbished parks, building community gardens and cleanups, and is now part of a multi-city urban forestry coalition with the cities of Chelsea and Boston.  To date, Groundwork Lawrence has helped members of the community plant over 350 trees across Lawrence, and plans to implement strategies for more comprehensive street tree investments over the coming decade to make Lawrence greener and healthier for everyone.  To learn more, visit or contact Rose Gonzalez, Program Manager, at 978-974-0770.
About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation was created in 2002 to further the community building goals of The Home Depot.  The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to building homes for working families that are healthy to live in and affordable to own.  To make homes healthy and affordable, the Foundation encourages developers to incorporate responsible design and use durable and quality materials to ensure that homes are more energy and water efficient, have good indoor air quality, and provide a safe and healthy space to live.  Since its formation, The Home Depot Foundation has granted $70 million to nonprofit organizations and supported the development of more than 50,000 affordable, healthy homes.  To learn more, visit
About DCR's Urban Forestry Grant Program
The Massachusetts DCR Urban and Community Forestry Program assists communities and nonprofit groups in protecting, growing, and managing community trees and forest ecosystems, with the ultimate aim of improving the environment and enhancing livability of all of Massachusetts' communities.  DCR provides grants, technical assistance, training, and recognition awards to communities of all sizes throughout Massachusetts.  The program also provides guidance on urban forestry policy issues at the state level.  To learn more, visit
About YouthBuild
YouthBuild Lawrence is a youth and community development program that simultaneously addresses core issues facing low-income communities:  housing, education, employment, crime prevention, and leadership development.  In YouthBuild programs, low-income young people ages 16-24 work toward their GEDs or high school diplomas, learn job skills and serve their communities by building affordable housing, and transform their own lives and roles in society.  To learn more, contact Yamira Cartagena, Program Manager, at 978.681.0548. 
About Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity
Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit homebuilder founded in 1985 by concerned local citizens who came together as volunteers.  They are the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, the largest non-profit homebuilder in the world with a network of over 2,100 affiliates.  Habitat builds simple, affordable, comfortable homes in partnership with people who need them.  They believe that a stable community begins with home ownership.  By giving this opportunity to economically disadvantaged people in our community, Habitat is enabling them to take control of their lives.  Habitat's ultimate goal is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness in the world by providing homeownership opportunities to those in need.  To learn more, visit
About Lawrence CommunityWorks (LCW)
Lawrence CommunityWorks is a nonprofit community development corporation working to transform and revitalize the physical, economic, and social landscape of Lawrence.  LCW does this with a growing network of residents and stakeholders who are:  engaged in building family and community assets, providing each other with caring and mutual support, building leadership and civic engagement skills, and engaging in collective action for positive growth and change in Lawrence.  LCW's Homeownership Center provides homebuyer education and counseling in order to help members of the community become knowledgeable and stable long-term homeowners by emphasizing financial literacy, mortgage readiness, anti-predatory lending education, and consumer protection.  To learn more, visit
About Bread and Roses Housing (BRH)
Bread & Roses Housing (BRH) is a nonprofit charitable organization founded in 1988. Its community land trust model is a progressive solution to community change in the area of affordable housing.   By placing land in a trust to be used and shared as a community resource in the service of perpetually affordable, owner-occupied housing, BRH is able to offer a radically different model of home ownership to families most in need of housing. With the current selling price for a newly constructed, energy-efficient 3-bedroom home at $75,000, BRH offers very low income families housing opportunities they can truly afford.  When land is no longer a commodity but a shared community resource, very low income families who have been traditionally excluded from the housing market are able to realize their goals of quality secure housing and are welcomed into a community where values of empowerment, education and sustainability are primary.  In addition to creating and preserving affordable housing opportunities for very low income families, BRH provides the education, training and support families need for continued success. One of the long term effects of BRH's programs is the nurturing of strong and healthy urban neighborhoods, peopled by residents who have an experiential knowledge of their interdependence, and who are committed to working together to widen the circle of neighborhood improvement and community well-being.  To learn more, visit
About the City of Lawrence's First Time Homebuyer Program
The City of Lawrence through its Community Development Department offers Lawrence homeowners various Housing Programs.  All Programs are contingent upon funding availability and housing priorities. Housing priorities are based on at-risk situations and high-risk targeted neighborhoods.  The First Time Homebuyer Assistance Program is a federally funded HOME program that provides financial assistance to low and moderate-income households in the purchase of their first home.  Down payment assistance is available to qualified Lawrence homebuyers in the form of a 0% deferred loan forgiven in five years for 3% of the home's purchase price to assist with down payment and closing costs.  To learn more, visit