Rosecrance partners with Arbor Day Foundation’s Alliance for Community Trees to plant trees in Lakeview

Rosecrance and Openlands volunteers prepare to plant trees at Belmont Harbor in Chicago.

Rosecrance has joined the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation’s Alliance for Community Tree’s program to plant trees and help beautify the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. Through its participation in CBS EcoMedia’s EcoAd program, Rosecrance provided funding for the trees and improvements to local green areas.

Rosecrance volunteers gathered Thursday, April 28, at Belmont Harbor to plant trees, lay mulch and maintain the existing green areas around the harbor.

“Rosecrance works hard to be a good neighbor in every community we serve,” said President/CEO Philip Eaton. “We value green space and the beauty of natural environments, which we believe can be very beneficial to healing the spirit and helping people maintain recovery.”

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million-member nonprofit conservation and education organization with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. With help from such partners as Rosecrance, the Foundation continues to expand its nationwide movement of greening cities and towns across America.

A group of Rosecrance and Openlands volunteers pose near a tree that they planted in Belmont Harbor.
A group of Rosecrance and Openlands volunteers pose near a tree that they planted in Belmont Harbor.

Funding provided by Rosecrance will support the community greening efforts in Lakeview with local Arbor Day Foundation’s local Alliance for Community Tree’s affiliate, Openlands. Openlands is one of the oldest metropolitan conservation organizations in the nation and the only group with a regional scope in the greater Chicago region. Openlands has helped protect more than 55,000 acres of land for public parks and forest preserves, wildlife refuges, land and water greenway corridors, urban farms, and community gardens.

Work to improve the community is especially important to Rosecrance as the nonprofit addiction and mental health treatment provider prepares to open Rosecrance Lakeview this summer. The outpatient clinic and recovery home located at 3701 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago will help young adults who struggle with substance use disorders.

Hosts of the event included Philip Eaton, President/CEO from Rosecrance Health Network, Daniella Pareira, Regional Forester from Openlands, and Seth Zimmerman, Director, Sales & Business Development from CBS EcoMedia.

“We are thankful for the partnership with Rosecrance as they help beautify this historic Chicago neighborhood,” said Dan Lambe, Arbor Day Foundation, president. “Planting trees is a powerful experience that will help to beauty and inspiration to the area.”