Five years ago, Liberty was like many other small North Carolina towns struggling to cope with the loss traditional manufacturing jobs. Several textile and furniture operations had shut down, taking with them the sense of hope and stability that is vital to any community. Indeed, there was a sense of hopelessness in the air.
(above: Trees Liberty volunteers plant trees at a new habitat for Humanity house in Liberty)
What better time to plant a tree!
Trees NC held a volunteer landscape day at the Liberty Public Library.
Working together with Liberty Public Works, volunteers planted Leyland Cyprus trees and mulched the entire Library property.
Liberty Town Manager Roger Davis played a key role in the project, happy to see a spark of community spirit.
Last year, Trees NC again worked with the Town of Liberty to plan a downtown street scape and garden area - a project funded in part through a grant from the North Carolina Main Street Center.
These days things are looking up in Liberty.
A major manufacturer is opening a large facility that will bring jobs, the main street is lined with small trees, and the formerly empty store fronts are home to several new small businesses.
As a continuation of its dedication to the local community, Trees NC's is expanding the YES! youth environmental service program to Liberty.
Our plan is to work with Liberty Elementary School, scouts and local churches to indentify youth that will benefit from the opportunity to learn green skills (such as tree planting and maintanence) while providing service in their community.
If you would like to be a part of YES! Liberty, contact us!
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