Our pilot projects in Allegheny County, PA are underway in 2018-2019.
MAGEE-WOMENS HOSPITAL OF UPMC
Starting in spring 2018, Plant Five for Life piloted their vision, planting 5,000 trees for 1,000 children born at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital.
New parents with children born in April and May received a gift of five trees for their child. Shortly thereafter, starting on Earth Day and continuing through October, the native species were planted on a former coal mine site being restored by Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. The garden project is part of a multi-year restoration effort which has been supported by a number of different entities over the years including the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and numerous companies and individual volunteers. The trees are returning the site to forest over time.
Plant Five for Life raised and gave funds per tree to the property host, which were used to acquire and/or plant the trees, to establish deer protection and to help maintain the 5,000 trees.
We communicated to new parents, assisted with the tree planting, organized a portion of the additional volunteers needed to plant, arranged sponsorship for volunteer and family day, and co-designed and implemented the preparations for a Family Celebration Day at the end of October 2018. The Family Day celebration was designed with family friendly activities to connect each family to the site, each other and to the trees which were planted for them.
Plant Five for Life will continue this program in 2019. As of Fall 2019, we have planted and given 6,095 trees!