I volunteered when I heard about Streetscapes through Friends Of Wissahickon. I think it’s important to work in whatever way I can to help in Mt Airy. The Streetscapes Committee plants trees; look throughout Mt Airy for skinny new trees on curb grass, and be glad Streetscapes volunteers are willing to plant!
I love planting trees. I’m a teacher and use way too much paper in my life—it’s a way to give back. Thanks to all the volunteers that make it easy for me to volunteer.
One of the reasons I chose to move from West Philly to Mt. Airy, was because of how green it is. And with the woods as our back yard, it was a no-brainer! I joined Streetscapes to help keep Mt. Airy green. It’s been gratifying to help with the planting of trees, twice a year, not only greening Mt. Airy, but assuring that we are helping to reduce CO2 levels in the atmosphere. It is gratifying to me, as well, to be able to help on various projects – weeding at the Allen Lane Train Station, and Emlen Circle, as well as with helping to beautify the Mt. Airy Gateway restoration project, at Lincoln Drive and Johnson streets. Every time I work with Streetscapes, I learn more about plants, trees, and their care, for which I am grateful.
I like to help.
I volunteer to preserve the green-ness of my neighborhood and to meet and spend time with my neighbors who want the same.
“Planting Day is one of the highlights on my calendar. It requires so little of me (just a couple of hours of my time) and I get so much in return: fresh air, food and drink, exercise, teamwork, laughter, community, connection, and a profound sense of accomplishment with each and every tree.”
I volunteer because I want to be part of a grass root sustained program to help restore our community forest tree canopy.
Planting trees and cultivating the green spaces of Mt Airy is a way to nurture our environment, meet our neighbors, and have a good time. No experience necessary! There are arborists, master gardeners and other landscape professionals who provide direction. I have learned so much about our urban forest from working with the WMAN Streetscapes Committee. Should I also mention it’s great exercise?
Working on planting trees takes away that awful “there’s nothing you can do” feeling.
I love that it’s fast paced, enthusiastic and so! well! planned!.
CURT PONTZ, Streetscape Volunteer and WMAN Board Member: I have actively participated in a number of projects sponsored by Streetscapes because the work is outdoors, good exercise, results in our neighborhoods taking on a spruced up look, and in the hope and expectation that residents of the area who see us working as volunteers, and grasp what we are accomplishing, will get “juiced up” and themselves become engaged in some meaningful way in efforts to improve the appearance of our community.
DORIS KESSLER, Streetscapes Committee Chair and WMAN Board Member: I do the work because I think it needs doing. I also have a strong protective instinct towards plants and the environment in general. Working with Streetscapes allows me to act on that feeling.
DAVID DANNENBERG See David’s Piece, “WHY I PLANT TREES IN WEST MT. AIRY”,