Urban Releaf, an Oakland-based urban forestry 501 (c) 3 organization, celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with its sixth-annual MLK Day of Service tree-planting event.
“Dr. King set an example to us all, and his legacy has sown national seeds of hope, non violence, and equality for all,” said Urban Releaf founder and Executive Director Kemba Shakur. “For the sixth-consecutive year, we are pleased to be hosting a tree-planting event to honor Dr. King, and to plant street trees in Oakland, which will help beautify the neighborhood, improve air quality, offset greenhouse gas emissions, and offer welcome relief against the Urban Heat Island Effect.”
Along with Urban Releaf staff, hundreds of volunteers from Clorox Corporation, Old Oakland Neighbors, Montclair Middle School, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, Service for Peace and Public Allies will plant 50 trees. Other partners include Cal-FIRE. The tree-planting takes place Monday, January 20 from 10 am-2pm; volunteers will meet at the intersection of 8th St. and MLK in West Oakland, CA. Additional volunteers and community members are encouraged to participate; Urban Releaf staff will assist with signage, for those needing to fulfill community service hours. The tree-planting will also commemorate the life of our dear friend and board member Rhonda White-Warner, who recently passed away.
For more information, call Kevin Jefferson at 415-955-7146 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.