DETROIT — Sun shining, birds chirping, could it be that the cold Michigan winter has taken a turn for the spring?
Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey has been looking forward to warmer weather as his plans to participate in the Greening of Detroit can finally get underway. An avid nature supporter, Quincey will work alongside other Greening volunteers to help have a positive impact on the area’s environment.
“I planned on in the spring, planting some trees and doing some gardens in the city,” Quincey said. “It’ll be kinda cool, working with the people and giving back.”
His efforts began when Quincey made an appearance at the launch of a David Yurman men’s Forged Carbon jewelry collection, first released at an event in Troy, Mich., in October. More than 100 people attended the event and raised in excess of $14,000 for the Greening of Detroit.
With a hands-on approach at both ends of the effort in terms of raising money for a cause as well as putting the funds to proper use, Quincey is heavily involved with a program that he is passionate about.
“I like just to see the money come in and go exactly to where it’s going and see the difference right away,” he said.
Greening of Detroit has planted more than 85,000 trees since the program began putting shovels in the ground in 1989, with a passion to help the city of Detroit grow and flourish for a greener tomorrow. By revitalizing urban gardens, restoring and beautifying local neighborhoods and providing Detroit residents with job skills through training programs, Greening can achieve these goals.
As the scope of work increased, the organization needed help caring for newly planted trees. In 1998, Green Corps program was developed which looks to hire high school students from Detroit to help water trees and maintain city parks in the summertime. The program has collectively employed more than 1,600 Detroit youth since its inception and corps members invest time and energy into their communities.
In 2014, the program watered more than 12,000 city trees, maintained and helped clean up green spaces like parks and greenways, and planted, weeded and harvested crops at the Greening farm gardens.
Sharing in a vision for a better environment, Greening’s efforts and Quincey’s intentions make for a promising movement. To join in the organization’s commitment, visit GreeningofDetroit.com for more information on how to get involved and contribute to improving Detroit’s landscape.
“I think it’s important — the boys chirp me, I’m a hippie — but I do like giving back to the environment,” Quincey said. “And that’s something that no one (on the team) was doing.”