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Monday, March 29, 2010

Give and Grow Together' Promotes Earth-Friendly Service Action in April


VolunteerSpot and the Arbor Day Foundation partner to plant a tree in your honor

Austin, TX - March 19, 2010 - VolunteerSpot (www.VolunteerSpot.com), a free online volunteer coordination tool, has teamed up with Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees in honor of those who participate in earth-friendly action.  The program, Give and Grow Together, rewards good deeds in giving back to the earth with the gift of trees to be grown in our fire-damaged national forests. 


Whether it's organizing a neighborhood celebration for Earth Day (April 22, 2010), cleaning up the local park, planning a community garden, or planting trees on Arbor Day (April 30, 2010), VolunteerSpot's free online calendar sign up tool makes it easy for any group, no matter the size, to ask for help and coordinate volunteers. 

"Our school garden is a huge success all year round thanks to a dedicated team of parent volunteers. VolunteerSpot makes it super easy to schedule the help we need and parents love the reminder emails when it's their turn to pitch in," said Marguerite Kennedy, Principal of Gavilan Hills Academy in Gilroy, CA. Its volunteers are among the more than 180,000 people using VolunteerSpot across the country.

About the Give and Grow Together Promotion

As part of this effort to promote earth-friendly service activities, Arbor Day Foundation and VolunteerSpot are teaming up.  Plan any local earth-friendly service activity on VolunteerSpot through the end of April, and invite at least four volunteers, and the Arbor Day Foundation will plant a tree in your honor.  Sharing the promotion via social media (facebook or Twitter) or trying a sample sign up on VolunteerSpot will also earn a tree.  "The trees we plant will be lasting symbol of service to generations to come," said Kevin Sander, director of corporate partnerships for the Arbor Day Foundation.

Save time while Saving the Planet

Give and Grow together not only inspires earth-friendly action, but also highlights VolunteerSpot's free (paperless), web-based online sign up sheets and volunteer coordination tool.  Volunteer leaders and teachers who use VolunteerSpot find more people step up to get involved and that they cut their administrative time by 85% and eliminate volunteer drop-out due to poor communication practices like reply-all email and phone tag. 

In honor of our Mother Earth, here are some service activities to consider this April and beyond:
            Participating in a community garden project
Picking up trash at your neighborhood park
Planting a tree or flowers in your yard or an elderly neighbor's
Teaching children about the importance of recycling
Planning a trash-free Earth Day picnic

Please visit http://www.volunteerspot.com/ebooks/Grow  for details on Give and Grow Together and more earth-friendly service ideas that are fun for the whole family! 

About VolunteerSpot
Based in Austin, Texas, privately held VolunteerSpot (www.VolunteerSpot.com) is a free Web-based organization tool that powers grassroots volunteering at school and in the community. VolunteerSpot's easy online calendar sign-up sheets saves time, streamlines communication and makes it simple for more people to get involved.  VolunteerSpot is perfect for coordinating groups for anything school activities, carnivals and festivals, mentoring programs, community gardens, tournaments, walk-a-thons, food drives, building projects and more.… VolunteerSpot, DOING GOOD Just Got Easier! 

Please contact Diana Schlott for more information: press {at} VolunteerSpot.com

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