Volunteers of the Year 2018
Tree Pittsburgh is proud to announce our Volunteers of the Year! Every year, Tree Pittsburgh recognizes the individuals, community organizations, and businesses who volunteer their time to aid our mission.
We would like to congratulate Jeff Irwin for being named our Heritage Nursery Volunteer of the Year! He is a Tree Tender, a volunteer, and a Tree Pittsburgh donor. As our Heritage Nursery volunteer of the year, Jeff volunteered 47 hours in 2018 – always with a smile and an eagerness to learn! In addition to his work at the Heritage Nursery, Jeff has volunteered at numerous other pruning workshops and mulching party events with Tree Pittsburgh, showing his obvious dedication to the organization.
Volunteer of the Year Neal Heiss came to Tree Pittsburgh and our Volunteer Forest Stewards Program through Pittsburgh Cares and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Immediately after being introduced to his forest steward site in Polish Hill’s West Penn Park, he jumped right in to lend a hand. Neal has helped with invasive vine management as well as young tree maintenance and care. During one season of forest stewardship, Neal visited his site over 25 times and put in over 60 hours of volunteer labor to keep the site in tip-top shape. We have been working in West Penn Park for nearly 5 years, and Neal’s hard maintenance work has allowed our staff to focus on other aspects of the site.
This year, we’re also recognizing A Few Bad Apples for their dedication to Tree Pittsburgh. Mike and the rest of the A Few Bad Apples team have poured their delicious cider at Tree Pittsburgh events almost as long as the organization has been around. A Few Bad Apples uses apples, mulberry, and knotweed, among other invasives, that would normally go to waste and ferment it into cider. We are thankful to Mike and his team for promoting sustainability and their continued support of Tree Pittsburgh over the years. And, of course, for all the tasty brews.
Our corporate partner of the year is BNY Mellon. Over the course of 2018, BNY Mellon volunteers contributed to three of our tree care events. The BNY Mellon Community Partnership program has made a donation to Tree Pittsburgh for program support. Our main contact, Craig Kornick, acted as Forest Steward in West Penn Park, dedicating a significant amount of his personal time to Tree Pittsburgh, resulting in an additional donation from BNY Mellon to honor his efforts.
Tree Pittsburgh thanks each of these volunteers – individuals, groups, and businesses – for their dedication to our urban forest. We were pleased to honor them at our Volunteer Recognition and Holiday Party at our new campus on the Allegheny River Wednesday, December 5. In addition to our appreciation, each honoree received a plaque and was added to the volunteer recognition plaque that hangs in our offices to commemorate their hard work.