project leader
Ryan S
6th and Clinton
(Chamerlain & East Lincoln Crossroads)
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Thank you to our donors and volunteers

the project

We are raising funds to plant trees at three locations in northeast Goshen. These are areas of the city that will benefit greatly from additional tree planting because they have less existing tree canopy than other areas, and therefore have more to gain from tree planting. Additionally, Lincoln Avenue carries a high volume of traffic so trees planted there will help improve air quality, and they will also aid in noise reduction in the area where the new highway is to be built.

3 LOCATIONS (all in Goshen, IN):

East Lincoln Crossroads Neighborhood

N. 6th st. between Lincoln Ave. And Clinton Ave. near the Post - 6 trees: 2 honeylocust, 1 redbud, 1 london planetree, 1 hophornbeam, 1 other ornamental.

Chamberlain Neighborhood

N. 7th St. north of Center St. near Boys and Girls Club - 2 sweetgum, 3 serviceberry

N. 6th St. north of Oakridge Ave. - 2 hackberry


the steps

These trees will be planted in areas that were identified as through a series of neighborhood association meetings held by Trees for Goshen (TFG) in late 2016. The goal of the meetings was to identify potential projects as well as neighborhood residents who would be willing to collaborate with TFG on developing the project and help coordinate fundraising, planting, and long term maintenance of the trees. 

This initial project was selected as a high priority through an analysis that rated the need of different areas of the city based on existing tree canopy, existing impervious surfaces (buildings, roads, parking lots), and economic indicators. The city forester, who acts as a consultant to TFG, worked on site selection, gaining permission from property owners, and selecting plant species. 

Once the funds have been raised, the trees will be purchased from local nurseries and a community planting day (date TBD) will be held on a Saturday in late April or early May. Volunteers will be asked to assist in planting the trees on that day. Some equipment will be provided by the city, but volunteers may bring shovels to assist in the effort. Refreshments will be served.

After planting, neighborhood residents will be responsible for watering the trees on a weekly basis for a period of at least two years during the growing season. If you would like to assist with watering please contact TFG or ask at the planting event.

why we're doing it

Trees provide immense and often overlooked benefits to neighborhoods that go beyond aesthetics. They have a positive benefit on human health and property values, they clean the air and capture rainwater, and help cool streets and buildings during hot weather. In fact, Goshen’s public trees create $1.35 million annually in ecological benefits ( These trees will provide those benefits and many more to residents, adding value to their neighborhoods, for decades to come. 

Trees for Goshen is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting urban forestry through tree planting, maintenance, preservation, and education.


Disbursed budget (4.17.17):
Our fundraiser this weekend was a huge success. We were able to raise more than what we need for this first tree initiative. 
Funds raised on ioby will go towards the costs in our original budget.

RAISED = $580.00
less ioby Platform Fee  waived
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $16.89
Updated budget (as of 3.31.17):
We received another offline donation of $30. Thank you! Here's our new goal:

Project Subtotal =  $1,418
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $43
Total to Raise on ioby = $1,496
Updated budget (as of 3.23.17):

We received another offline donation of $100. Thank you! Here's our new goal:

Project Subtotal =  $1,448
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $43
Total to Raise on ioby = $1,526
Updated budget (as of 3.21.17):
We're updating our online fundraising goal to account for the donations that we received at a few local events! We're excited to announce that we've raised $595 from neighbors and our new online goal is noted below:

Project Subtotal =  $1,548
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $46
Total to Raise on ioby = $1,629
Original budget:
13 trees at $160 total per tree ($110  for the tree plus $50 planting costs) = $2,080
+3% TFG admin fee = $63
Project subtotal = $2,143***
***note: possibly add up to 4 more if we get property owner permission.

Project Subtotal =  $2,143
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $64
Total to Raise on ioby = $2,242



Thank you to our donors and volunteers

Here is a long-overdue but heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated and participated in the spring planting project. We are currently working hard on setting up another planting session for the fall. But we wanted to take a moment to thank the local church and business community and all of the individuals who contributed to the fund that led to the 13 trees we planted. You know who you are! Some big thanks also go to our community organizers who helped plan the planting project, helped with fundraising, and will continue to be involved in the tree maintenance over the next couple of growing seasons – Steve Norton, Jim Norton, Steve Davis, and Jesse Stoltzfus! Also, thank you to local band Brides of Neptune for bringing their mellifluous tunes to a private fundraiser. Last but not least, thank you to our corporate sponsor Ace of Spades, not just for their generous donation but for their ongoing support of trees in Goshen!

Trees planted!

All 13 trees have been planted! Saturday May 6 was our inaugural spring planting day! With the help of some volunteers, we spent a couple of hours in the brisk but pleasant Midwestern weather planting the trees that you so generously supported. Thanks to everyone who was involved!!

Another $100 received offline. Thank you!

Our project is gaining momentum and we've received another $100 donation offline. Thank you for your generous support.

Thank you to our offline donors - we've raised $595!

We're excited to announce that we've raised $595 from neighbors at a few recent events.  Thank you for all of your support to help us reach our goal and bring these trees to our neighborhoods!


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