Volunteers of the Year 2017
Tree Pittsburgh could not to our work without the help of our wonderful volunteers. Every year they care for thousands of planted trees and help us keep things moving at the Heritage Nursery.
Every year we like to recognize those individuals and groups who have gone above and beyond the call of volunteer duty. This year, we’re recognizing Miriam Kwagh, Jen Moreth, and American Eagle Outfitters for all of their hard work.
Jen worked with Tree Pittsburgh through the summer and fall. Jen’s work touched every program at Tree Pittsburgh – she helped with educational programs, marketing and communications, and spent time at the Heritage Nursery.
Jen hit the ground running with Tree Pittsburgh, getting started right away on writing blogs and getting to know the mission of the organization. She taught children the importance of trees through educational programs at local libraries. In addition to this work in the office and out in the community, Jen spent time every week at our Heritage Nursery, caring for trees in the hot summer months.
Most importantly, Jen was a vital piece of planning Pawpaw Fest. Without Jen’s help, the festival would not have been such a success. Jen and Miriam drove all over Pennsylvania to harvest pawpaw fruits for tasting, ice cream sandwiches, and pawpaw-sicles. Jen’s hard work and dedication extended into the day of the event, when she took shifts as Oaklee the Squirrel, Tree Pittsburgh’s new mascot.
Thanks for everything, Jen!
Miriam has been with Tree Pittsburgh since February of 2017. She was an immediate help with Arbor Day Month planning and making our Arbor Day Celebration a success.
Miriam also provided her invaluable research to Tree Pittsburgh. She wrote a detailed report on how organizations across the country do their advocacy work and made suggestions for Tree Pittsburgh moving forward. Miriam created the map of tree locations from the seedling giveaway sponsored by the Pittsburgh Shade Tree Commission we held on Arbor Day.
Like Jen, Miriam was instrumental in the planning and execution of Pawpaw Fest. Miriam and Jen drove to Breezewood to pick up pawpaws, harvested pawpaws from our friends all over Allegheny County, and made sure we had plenty of fruit to go around the day of the festival. Miriam also helped to orchestrate all of the vendors at Pawpaw Fest.
Miriam, thank you for all of your hard work!
American Eagle Outfitters
American Eagle Outfitters has been a stellar corporate partner for five years! Beginning in 2013, AEO employees have participated with us in large tree care events around the city. From the South Side Trail near their office, to East Liberty Blvd up here in the East End, to Manchester over in the North Side, AEO employees have spent over 500 hours helping us weed, mulch, and beautify our city’s young trees.
But they haven’t just helped us to care for trees, they have also helped us plant them! Every fall since 2014, AEO employees have joined us for tree plantings around the city. Together during these four years, Tree Pittsburgh and AEO have planted over 150 trees in the communities of Greenfield, the Hill District, and Lawrenceville.
And while volunteer efforts such as these make up the very core of what we are able to accomplish at Tree Pittsburgh, it’s important to note that AEO’s contributions to our mission haven’t been just through their sweat and hard work. On more than one occasion, AEO has kicked off our volunteer events together by presenting Tree Pittsburgh with monetary donations that allow us to fuel up our trucks and buy new tools long after the volunteers have gone home.
So, since it has clearly been a long time coming, it is with great satisfaction that we present American Eagle Outfitters with this year’s Corporate Partner of the Year award.