YouthServe of Birmingham assists urban forestry project at Birmingham Botanical Gardens
On July 24, several Birmingham media outlets the YouthServe Urban Service Camp Worksite at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Campers participated in an important urban forestry project involving the care of young trees. Campers helped transfer viable trees into larger containers. Gathered first as acorns from the oaks of George Ward Park, the trees, once mature, will be planted throughout the city, especially in the tornado-devastated areas of Smithfield and Pratt City.
Learn more about YouthServe by visiting their website. All applications and sign-up opportunities are available at www.youthservebham.org.
About YouthServe, Inc
YouthServe, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering youth leadership through community service. Throughout the year, YouthServe programs include monthly service learning opportunities featuring community work days with the YWCA, Habitat for Humanity, Urban Ministries, Jones Valley Teaching Farm, and many others. Youth leadership programs include the Youth Action Council, which allows young people to organize community work events and the Youth Philanthropy Council, which allows them to create and organize an actual grant program providing $20,000 to deserving local non- profits. In the summer, the YouthServe Urban Service Camps offer several weeks of residential camping in partnership with the YWCA of Central Alabama. Six hundred young people from eighty schools across the metro area participate with over five thousand service hours annually.
About Birmingham Botanical Gardens
The Birmingham Botanical Gardens is Alabama’s largest living museum, with more than 12,000 different plants in its living collection. The Garden’s 67.5 acres contains more than 25 unique gardens and 30+ works of original outdoor sculpture and miles of serene paths. The Gardens feature the largest public horticulture library in the U.S., conservatories, a wildflower garden, two rose gardens, the Southern Living Garden, and Japanese gardens with a traditionally crafted tea house. Education programs run year-round and more than 10,000 school children enjoy free science-curriculum based field trips annually. The Gardens is open daily offering free admission to more than 350,000 yearly visitors.
For over a century, the YWCA Central Alabama has been responding to the needs of women, children and families. The YW’s programs serve women, children and families by providing: affordable child care for low-income families; child care and after-school enrichment programs for homeless children; affordable housing for families and seniors and a full array of domestic violence services; and social justice programming.