Throughout American history, trees have commemorated special events and moments. Last week, AmeriCorps service members planted trees at Nashville Inner City Ministry as an act of service — but also celebration — to honor of the 25th anniversary of the AmeriCorps program.
AmeriCorps is a federal program that connects passionate service members with public service needs. Four AmeriCorps members are currently serving at the Cumberland River Compact, including Dylan Vines, our AmeriCorps Urban Tree Coordinator with the Root Nashville campaign.
“AmeriCorps is such a special program because it puts people who are intentional about their desire to build a better community in places where they can do so in a hands-on way,” said Hands On Nashville Executive Director Lori Shinton. “This event was a great opportunity for members to serve alongside our partner, Root Nashville, and take action that will have a positive effect on Nashville for decades to come.”
Nashville Inner City Ministry, the planting location, was established in 1979 to serve inner city children.
“This is a particularly special planting event for Root Nashville and the Cumberland River Compact because it is a celebration of service that will also benefit a community center that serves hundreds of children every year,” said Cumberland River Compact Executive Director Mekayle Houghton.
Trees for this planting event were generously donated by Volunteer Tennessee, a statewide program to encourage volunteerism and community service.