PARKWAY PARTNERS SEMI-FINALIST WITH TOM’S OF MAINE
With funds, trees will be planted
Parkway Partners is one of 20 finalists for a $50,000 grant in the Tom’s ofMaine50 States for Goodprogram. The Orleans Parish-based non-profit would use the proceeds for its tree-planting program if Parkway Partners receives the most votes atwww.50statesforgood.com.
Anyone can vote once a day, and the poll is open through Sept. 13.
“We feel honored to be selected as one of the best community-benefit programs in theUnited States,” said Jean Fahr, executive director of Parkway Partners. “Tom’s ofMainelearned about our ReLeaf New Orleans initiative, which is helping to replace the urban canopy we enjoyed prior to Hurricane Katrina. Since the program started, we have planted more than 9,000 trees in the city. If we are chosen for the $50,000 grant, we will focus on the eastern portion ofNew Orleanswhere a significan number of trees were destroyed.”
Tom’s ofMaineis known for supporting sustainable efforts in communities nationwide.
About Parkway Partners
A partnership between the community and the city for 29 years, Parkway Partners works to improve and expand green spaces inNew Orleans. With no government funding, the organization and active members have helped support the Department of Parks and Parkways in restoration of the urban canopy while educating and empowering citizen action Ongoing campaigns include ReLeaf New Orleans, Adopt-A-Neutral Ground, Save Our Trees, Community and Schoolyard Gardens, and Second Saturday Program. Parkway Partners achieved certification in 2008 from the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, the first “green” organization to receive this distinction. For more information, visithttp://www.parkwaypartnersnola.org/. All donations are tax-deductible.