AASD Tree-planting Roots Us in Community

Posted by Guest on June 17, 2019 in Blog

On Saturday, June 15th, the Arab American Institute and the Washington D.C chapter of the Network of Arab American Professionals (NAAP-DC) partnered to lead a service project for 15th annual National Arab American Service Day. Volunteers participated in a tree planting at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in northeast D.C with Casey Trees, a nonprofit dedicated to “restoring, enhancing and protecting the tree canopy of the nation’s capital.” 

Participants were divided into groups of 4 and were led by volunteers from Casey Trees, who guided and helped the participants plant the trees. Once the hard work of planting the trees was done, all the volunteers gathered for a celebratory lunch. 

The event allowed community members from around D.C to meet and engage in a team-building activity, while also contributing to the local community. The annual National Arab American Service Day is coordinated  by the National Network of Arab American Communities (NNAAC), and offers the opportunity for Arab Americans from across the country to commit to the importance of engaging in service. This year, NNAAC estimates that at least 2,000 Arab Americans participated in community service projects in at least 14 major cities to mark the occasion. 

Planting trees with Arab Americans was a great reminder that the community has and continues to be involved in service. Seeing the planted trees, a material symbol of the work done that day, left everyone feeling satisfied and accomplished about the contributions made that day. After the successful event, a volunteer remarked the event made her want to come back and plant trees every weekend

Overall it was a fun, meaningful, and productive day that continued the tradition of Arab American involvement in service.


This post was authored by 2019 Summer Policy intern Dina Kuttab.