CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) – The Cedar Rapids City Council moved to support the nonprofit Trees Forever with $125,000 per year over the next five years at Tuesday’s council meeting.
The program teaches high school-aged youths how to plant and care for trees while also giving them job training skills and helping them build resumes.
“It’s a win-win because we’ll be out planting trees and watering -which the city has to have done- while these kids get a fabulous opportunity,” Trees Forever president Shannon Ramsay said.
The program has been operating in Cedar Rapids for 30 years but Ramsay says this is the city’s first large-scale investment.
The program will primarily plant trees in underprivileged neighborhoods. The group has a handful of students already picked out, who will start training Saturday.
For more information, go to their website.