I participated in my first ReTreet event was in June 2016;  we planted 90 trees in Lyons, CO in areas impacted by flooding September 2013. Our next two events happen in November 2016 (Oklahoma City, OK) and December 2016 (Rowlett, TX), both were decimated by tornadoes.  What is ReTreet? Well…

RETREET is a 501(c)(3) public charity founded by a motivated group of arborists, cyclists, and project managers. Our organization provides disaster relief to stricken communities on a local, national, and international level by leading volunteers in restoring decimated urban forests. There is no other agency solely focused on this widely neglected issue, and most disaster victims do not have the time, money, and ability to replant their own lost trees. Through direct action and community engagement, we offer a unique solution to an urgent problem at a relatively low cost.

Here are some photos from the Lyons ReTreet.


In April 2016, I volunteered for Shatterproof, an addiction-prevention & stigma-reduction nonprofit.  My service consisted of escorting participants from check-in to the memory wall to pack pick-up, & finally to the gear room.  Basically, I was a guide but also made sure they were prepared to rappel.

People who raise enough money get to rappel from buildings & other tall structures, & the money raised is used to enact legislation to help prevent addiction (Maryland HB 437, Wisconsin AB364, Massachusetts Bill H4056, et al) & reporting on the effects of addiction (Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs: Critical Elements of Effective State Legislation).  When Shatterproof came to Dallas, participants could rappel from Reunion Tower ($5000 raised) or Hyatt Regency Dallas ($1000).

More about Shatterproof:
Shatterproof is a national organization committed to protecting our loved ones from addiction to illicit and prescription drugs, and alcohol, and ending the stigma and suffering of those affected by this disease.