Arbor Day is on its Way!

2014,3-8 Arbor Day young volunteers and YPS Tira MansbacherEl Segundo’s 28th Annual Arbor Day Celebration is soon approaching! It will be a great day of service to the community and the Earth. As if that were not enough, everyone gets lunch and all donors of any amount get T-shirts. Mark your calendars for March 7, 9:30am-12:30pm and decide how you want to participate.

Volunteer! Join with hundreds of tall and small friends and neighbors who will plant and provide tender loving care to trees along Imperial Ave. in El Segundo. Click here for the Registration PDF.

Be a Leader! All volunteer teams will work under the direction of trained Youth Supervisors who are supported by Adult Partners. More are needed, so sign up for:

Youth Planting Supervisor Training (kids 10-18) on Saturday, Feb 17 from 10am-3pm (Registration Form)

Adult Partner Orientation on Thursday, Feb 19 from 5:30-7:30pm. (Registration Form)

Be a Sponsor! This investment will not be in a day, but an entire year of love for the 1,800 trees in and around El Segundo that are dependent upon Tree Musketeers. Click here for the Sponsorship PDF.

Come back often to get the latest scoop on Arbor Day or call the Youth LEADership Center at 310/322-0263.

End of year gifts & tax deduction with Tree Musketeers

It’s the end of the year and whether you are looking for a tax-deduction or gifts that make a difference for your loved ones, we have you covered at Tree Musketeers!

Your donation to support our work in the South Bay and around the world is 100% tax-deductible. You can donate online or send your contribution to: 305 Richmond St., El Segundo, CA 90245. Checks are payable to “Tree Musketeers.”
Tree Musketeers is a nonprofit organization with a 501 (c) 3 status under Internal Revenue Code. Our EIN is 95-4277842.

Our Store is full of great ideas for meaningful gifts, such as Marcie the Marvelous Tree’s Autobiography, Earth Cards or our One in a Million Poster. When shopping online, remember to use AmazonSmile and GoodShop: once you’ve said you want to support Tree Musketeers, we will receive a percentage of what you spend.

You can also adopt or plant a tree to honor the people you love. Learn more on our Memory Tree page. Our next Memory Tree Plantings will be on January 24th & February 28th, 2015 at 1pm on Memory Row.

For any questions, feel free to call our office at (310) 322-0263 or to email us at info@treemusketeers.org. We look forward to hearing from you!




We need your help now to Save Our Trees to the Sea!

SONY DSCWe are still fundraising for the Save Our Trees to the Sea project and need YOU to give the biggest donation you can afford (any amount helps, really) to reach a $12,500 goal.

This year we have an even bigger challenge. As our arborist, youth planting supervisors and volunteers attempt to keep up with tree care during the ever-present drought we are stretching our funds to the max to ensure our Trees to the Sea continue to thrive for years to come. Trees to the Sea is a collection of 500 trees planted by Tree Musketeers tall and small volunteers between 2005 and 2008 as a green pollution barrier between the Los Angeles International Airport and El Segundo.

To give these trees a helping hand Tree Musketeers aims to raise $12,500 by November 30th. To meet this threshold would mean replenishing our tree care supplies, more water to feed these 500 thirsty trees, more volunteers to lend a helping hand at events and more young people trained as Youth Planting Supervisors.

Please make a contribution today and share the word with your friends and family! Want to help us volunteer by spreading the word among your friends and family? You can create a personal fundraiser page and connect it to our project at GlobalGiving.com. Click here to learn how.

Make a Difference Day 2014 was a success!

On October 25th, 2014  Tree Musketeers organized their 2nd Annual Make a Difference Day event. Tall and Small volunteers came out to care for our Trees to the Sea along Imperial Highway by participating in a clean-up competition. We collected 99 bags of trash and invasive plants.

Take a look at the great work by our volunteers!

New Youth Planting Supervisors and Adult Partners training

Each year TREE MUSKETEERS organizes several sessions to train new Youth Planting Supervisors and orient new Adult Partners.

Youth Planting Supervisors and Adult Partners are instrumental to the work of TREE MUSKETEERS: they ensure professional youth leadership in all our volunteer activities.

TREE MUSKETEERS has developed a team of young people – Youth Planting Supervisors (YPS) – who are trained, according to ISA guidelines, to lead proper tree planting and care events. These young leaders work alongside other kids and adults to expand our local Urban Forest. In addition to leading tree plantings, Youth Planting Supervisors serve as representatives and leaders of TREE MUSKETEERS and the environmental movement at tree care events, fairs and other events. Learn more and sign up here.

The Adult Partners Team (APT) is comprised of  adults of all ages to serve as mentors for youth volunteering at TREE MUSKETEERS. APT creates a solid support system for both at-risk and mainstream youth. APT members come from the residential and business communities, and volunteer for a comfortable level of participation. Options range from serving as an occasional adviser to committing to mentor one child for a longer term or working with a youth ordered by courts or schools to perform community service. Learn more and sign up here.

 

 

Easy giving – Time to renew your Ralphs’ card!

Ralphs, Cala Foods and Bell Markets are committed to helping community groups grow and prosper through the Community Contributions Program. It’s the easiest way in town for you to help TREE MUSKETEERS.

September 1, 2015 is the beginning of the Community Contribution Program year, and this is the time when we all must re-register our cards.  It’s simple if you just follow these steps:

If You Have Already Registered Your Rewards Card On-Line
(This means that you have already entered your email address and have a password)
1.    Log in to www.ralphs.com
2.    Click Sign In
3.    Enter your email address and password
4.    Click on ‘Account’ (in the footer at the bottom of the page)
5.    Click on Account Settings
6.    View all your information and edit as necessary
7.    Link your card to Tree Musketeers (NPO# 82396) by clicking on:
a.    Community Rewards
b.    Edit my community contribution and follow the instructions
c.    Remember to click on the circle to the left of Tree Musketeers’ name

If You Have Never Registered Your Rewards Card Online
1.    Go to Ralphs Community Page
2.    Click on ‘Enroll’
3.    Follow the 5 easy steps to create an online account
4.    You will be instructed to go to your email inbox to confirm your account
5.    After you confirm your online account by clicking on the link in your email, return to www.ralphs.com and click on ‘my account’ (you may have to sign in again first).
6.    View all your information and edit as necessary
7.    Link your card to Tree Musketeers (NPO# 82396) by clicking on:
a.    Community Rewards
b.    Edit my community contribution and follow the instructions
c.    Remember to click on the circle to the left of Tree Musketeers’ name

It’s LEAD Time Again El Segundo!

LEADership Courses begin again September 8th! Not only is LEAD a great addition to any college portfolio and future resume but it is a great opportunity to get to know other youth who are highly involved in their community. Thinking about registering? Read about the positive impacts these amazing courses have had on some of our past graduates in our Q & A.

 

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Adam Gerard now attends Yale University.

Tree Musketeers: Tell us a bit about yourself and how you originally became involved with Tree Musketeers?

Adam Gerard: I originally became involved with Tree Musketeers after a field trip with my temple youth group to a simple tree care event. I enjoyed the event so much and was so fascinated with the idea of youth leadership that I called the offices that night to inquire how I could get more involved. Despite being slightly too young for the position (9 years old, off by a year). I was persistent and in the end, enrolled in the LEAD classes for 2004. Four years later I was elected as the President of the organization, and after another 5 years I had begun my time at Yale University in no small part due to my involvement in Tree Musketeers.

TM: What impact did being a Youth Manager and taking part in LEADership courses have on your life?

AG: Being a Youth Manager was hugely impactful on my life. It opened the door to an incredible amount of leadership opportunities not only at Tree Musketeers but around the entire community and South Bay. Eventually, it led to me traveling internationally to take part in leadership opportunities in other countries. However, at an even more basic level, The LEAD courses gave me the opportunity to learn important skills that have proven incredibly valuable for every job I have held and every interview I have had. The LEAD courses prove that in today’s world it is never too early to begin learning important professional and leadership skills in addition to public speaking. These new skills gave me an advantage in school, an advantage in the marketplace, and an advantage in the college admission process as well.

TM: You were not only a Youth Manager but you sat on the Board of Directors for Tree Musketeers.  Tell us what it was like to make decisions on behalf of the organization alongside accomplished business people, veterans and activists?

AG: It was certainly a humbling experience, but also an empowering one. To me, it demonstrated that no matter what age one was, they are able to bring ideas and contributions to the table regardless of the complexity of the topic at hand. My problem solving skills were doubtlessly refined and I had the reinforcement and support of many of these accomplished individuals behind me the entire time as well. The connections and friendships I made on the board were incredibly valuable to me as well, and still are.

TM: Now as a student at Yale, how did taking part in this organization and LEAD courses shape your interests and approach to college and adult life?

AG: My experiences at Tree Musketeers have been, and remain, a guiding force in many of the ways I think and act. In fact, even among some of the most impressive students in the country, what I have learned from the LEAD courses- from everyday actions to business management is still a huge advantage for me that continues to open doors. I also feel as though I am more open-minded now, having learned from my colleagues at Tree musketeers who were always so willing to listen to and share my ideas regardless of my age or lack of experience.


TM: Tell us a bit about yourself and how you originally became involved with Tree Musketeers?

Blake Parker is a Freshman at University of Alabama
Blake Parker is a Freshman at University of Alabama

Blake Parker: I am from El Segundo, California, the hometown of Tree Musketeers. I am now a student at the University of Alabama, and although I am now across the country, I still do all I can to help Tree Musketeers. I originally got involved when my mom saw an ad for the Tree Musketeers LEAD classes. Although I was against going at first, I am extremely happy that I was able to take part in the courses and continue to be a part of the organization after they were over.

TM: What impact did being a Youth Manager and taking part in LEADership courses have on your life?

BP: Taking the LEADership courses allowed me to learn the skills needed to be a Youth Manager. There are very few other opportunities that allow youth to run an entire nonprofit organization, and the skills I have learned from this experience have been valuable to me. As I enter the working world, I already have knowledge and experience that puts me above other candidates competing for the same jobs.

TM: You were not only a Youth Manager but you sat on the Board of Directors for Tree Musketeers.  Tell us what it was like to make decisions on behalf of the organization alongside accomplished business people, veterans and activists

BP: Being on the Board of Directors was a once in a lifetime experience. I had a lot of responsibility, and every decision that I was a part of was crucial to the well being of the entire organization. I was able to create relationships with important people who I still remain in contact with.

TM: Now as a college Freshman, how did taking part in this organization and LEAD courses shape your interests and approach to college and adult life?

BP: Before being a part of Tree Musketeers, I never really knew what was wrong with the environment. I had heard about it, but I never really paid any attention. Tree Musketeers has really opened my eyes to the problems we face today. Because of Tree Musketeers, I will continue to work every day to make a difference in our environment.

Water Campaign – Pets do their Part

For many areas in California, 2013 closed as the driest year on record. The state of California has been in a state of emergency concerning water usage since January of 2014. The governor has called on all Californians to reduce their water usage by 20%.

These facts are terrifying, but not immobilizing. Tree Musketeers is launching a campaign to decrease water usage in daily life. Find out about the general campaign on the campaign page. We are approaching water conservation in a series of topics. For the second topic, we are focusing on caring for your pet in a water-friendly way.

  • Use a water bowl with a filter so you don’t have to change out water as often.
  • Use old water from your pet’s water bowl to water plants.
  • Use dry dog shampoo that doesn’t require water for use.
  • Use an on/off switch on your hose when giving your pet a bath.
  • Wash your pet in an area of your lawn that needs water.
  • When cleaning a fish tank, use the old water to water plants.
  • Never put pet waste in the storm drain.
  • Use artificial turf for your pet’s play area.
  • Buy a pet that doesn’t require a lot of water, such as a tortoise or lizard.
  • Use natural methods to clean your fish tank like snails and algae-eating fish, which will require less tank cleanings.
  • Use water from heating up your shower to give to your pet.
  • Feed your pet wet food instead of dry food to decrease their thirst.

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Welcome on Board and Fond Farewells

The DoubleTree Hotel hosted Tree Musketeers’ annual board retreat on July 26. The full day meeting involved some recap of the recent past, planning for the future, evaluation, team building and elections.

Fond farewells were bid to youth directors Julian Poyourow and Blake Parker and youth manager Kurt Frerichs who are headed off to college. Julian and Blake, however, have accepted Advisory Director appointments along with community leader Mike Rotolo of TG Construction. George Funk and David Dickey, both longtime supporters of Tree Musketeers, were elected as new directors of the board. Officers for the upcoming year are Samantha Cano as president, Tara Church as chair, Scott Houston as Secretary and Chad Hummel as Treasurer.

With renewed spirit for pursuing our vision of a healthy Earth and vital youth leadership, we have some new and improved programs to rollout for you. Standby and may the forest be with you!

To empower young people to be environmental leaders