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About


Planting it forward.

Our mission is to cultivate a green and healthy Silicon Valley by engaging community members in the appreciation, protection, growth and maintenance of our urban ecosystem, especially our urban forest.

 

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About


Planting it forward.

Our mission is to cultivate a green and healthy Silicon Valley by engaging community members in the appreciation, protection, growth and maintenance of our urban ecosystem, especially our urban forest.

 

Greening the Silicon Valley since 1994

Our City Forest has been Silicon Valley's nonprofit urban forestry and environmental stewardship the leader since 1994. We believe in the power of trees to turn our neighborhoods and cities from gray to green, and we believe in the power of people to help achieve this transformation.

Meet the team

Rhonda Berry CEO & President

Rhonda Berry

CEO & President

Edgar Echevarria Planting Manager

Edgar Echevarria

Planting Manager

Nara Baker Community Nursery Manager

Nara Baker

Community Nursery Manager

Bo Firestone Consulting Arborist

Bo Firestone

Consulting Arborist

 
Loren Klick Director of Urban Forestry

Loren Klick

Director of Urban Forestry

Rob Castañeda Planting Manager

Rob Castañeda

Planting Manager

Bryan Hammond AmeriCorps Grant Program Officer

Bryan Hammond

AmeriCorps Grant Program Officer

 
Renae McCollum Director of Community Relations

Renae McCollum

Director of Community Relations

Riley Knight Intake & Referral Manager

Riley Knight

Intake & Referral Manager

Catherine Foster Volunteer Program & Stewardship Manager

Catherine Foster

Volunteer Program & Stewardship Manager

 

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Partners


Like water to our roots
& sunshine to our leaves.

Our partners are vital ambassadors for greening and environmental education in Silicon Valley by providing the support and resources that help us do what we do.

Become a Partner

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Partners


Like water to our roots
& sunshine to our leaves.

Our partners are vital ambassadors for greening and environmental education in Silicon Valley by providing the support and resources that help us do what we do.

Become a Partner

Administered by CaliforniaVolunteers and sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Administered by CaliforniaVolunteers and sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

 
 
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AmeriCorps


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AmeriCorps


Our City Forest - AmeriCorps Partnership

An Our City Forest AmeriCorps Service Member teaching the community how to properly plant a tree.

An Our City Forest AmeriCorps Service Member teaching the community how to properly plant a tree.

 
 

Our City Forest is now in its 10th year with AmeriCorps Service Members

Serving as an AmeriCorps member with Our City Forest is a great way to get involved in promoting a healthy environment. It’s not just about trees, it’s about improving the quality of life for the communities in the Silicon Valley.

Grow your career with Our City Forest AmeriCorps!

Our City Forest AmeriCorps service members get things done in the community and they are critical to our success as an organization. Members are trained to be urban forestry & outreach specialists. They build capacity in the community by engaging volunteers and residents in cultivating plants at the community nursery, planting and caring for trees in neighborhoods, schools and parks, and fighting the drought through water conservation efforts. AmeriCorps members educate the community on Our City Forest’s best practices and help train local environmental stewards. Our AmeriCorps members make a positive impact on the people and communities we serve.

Our City Forest AmeriCorps Members: Ambassadors for the Urban Forest. 

Our City Forest AmeriCorps Members: Ambassadors for the Urban Forest. 

Becoming an Our City Forest AmeriCorps member offers an amazing chance to give back in a big way. As an AmeriCorps member, you will receive valuable knowledge, ongoing professional development, and a chance to springboard your career through hands-on experience. You will also receive a Living Stipend and an Education Award that can be applied to student loans or for furthering your education. Our AmeriCorps members are ambassadors for the urban forest, demonstrate a passion for environmental education, and strongly believe in our green vision and values.

Our AmeriCorps members serve directly in the greater San José area through 6-month or 11-month full-time positions. We currently have start dates in January, March, and September, 2017.

 

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which also oversees the Senior Corps and the formerly-funded Learn and Serve America. It was created by the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993, and provides grants to hundreds of local community organizations throughout the United States.

AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.

Since the program’s founding in 1994, almost 1 million AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1.4 billion hours in service across America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.

The Our City Forest 2016-2017 AmeriCorps Team!

The Our City Forest 2016-2017 AmeriCorps Team!

AmeriCorps programs do more than move communities forward; they serve their members by creating jobs and pathways to opportunities for people of all ages to enter the workforce. AmeriCorps places thousands of people into intensive service positions where they learn valuable job skills, earn money for education, and develop an appreciation for citizenship.

 

How is Our City Forest involved with AmeriCorps?

Our City Forest has been the leading urban forestry and environmental stewardship nonprofit in the Silicon Valley since 1994. We believe in the power of trees to turn our neighborhoods and cities from gray to green, and we believe in the power of people to help achieve this transformation. Our City Forest began with a handful of volunteers and staff members who did a great job getting things started; however, to fully achieve our mission, we needed a way to involve more dedicated people in a bigger way. To do this, Our City Forest joined forces with AmeriCorps, which helped us grow tree-mendously.

Since 2007, more than 310 AmeriCorps members have graduated from our program with a total of 451,500 hrs served. In our 10th year with service members, we are planning on reaching the ½ million hours of service mark! Will you join us and help achieve that goal? With 29 members currently on board for the 2016-17 program year, we are seeking passionate people who want to complete a 6 month term beginning either January or March of 2017. We are also already recruiting for 11-month full-time members to begin in September of 2017. Learn more here.

 

Join our award winning program

In September, 2016, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS, Washington, D.C.), which is the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, awarded the Tom Harkin Excellence in AmeriCorps Awards to only five AmeriCorps members and programs from around the nation. Our City Forest was one of the recipients! Read more from our blog entry here.