TreesDurham is so fortunate to be supporting the Black Mama's Bailout Campaign, sponsored by SONG Durham (Southerner's on New Ground). Held every year, the Black Mama's Bailout Campaign raises money to bail black mothers and caretakers out of Durham's pretrial detention facility. The cash bail system (and pretrial detention) disrupts families and has long-term rippling effects on their livelihood. Until we can abolish the cash bail system and hyper-incarceration, we must free ourselves! TreesDurham donated 50 trees (maples, crabapples and locusts) to this cause. The Black Mama's Bailout Team encouraged people to donate in exchange for a tree! So far, we've helped raise over $300 to the Bailout fund.
And you still have time! The Black Mama's Bailout Campaign will be accepting donations until Thursday, October 29th.
On Saturday October 24th, we helped SEEDS
giveaway and deliver 50 trees (figs and crabapples)
and mulch to their surrounding community! SEEDS
is a non-profit organization that seeks to create
an outlet for young people to engage in
environmental justice work! SEEDS has a food
council comprised of young people of color,
Semillas, that we specifically worked with.
We are so happy to have partners like this in
We are so excited to have built this relationship with Project BUILD! Project BUILD is a youth serving organization that works to prevent gang violence by uplifting vulnerable youth communities. Project BUILD uses a public health approach to address gang intervention. Project BUILD has recently started delivering meals to their youth -- and along with those meals, they now deliver fig trees! TreesDurham will donate 10 trees per month to Project BUILD so their young folks can get engaged in tree care!
Earlier this month, we began our first Tree Giveaway of the season with the Durham Neighbor's Free Lunch Initiative. The Durham Neighbor's Free Lunch Initiative (a partnership between local farms and Geer Street Garden) started in March to provide Durham Public Schools students and families with lunch on weekdays after the closing of schools. This initiative not only benefits students and families -- local farms no longer had to waste their produce and Geer Street Garden could re-hire some of their employees! They have provided 200 meals a day, 5 days a week for 8 months. TreesDurham gave away 50 trees (maple and crabapple) along with the lunches served on Friday, October 2nd.
We encourage you to donate to the Durham Neighbor's Free Lunch Initiative so they can continue serving our community with the genius partnership!