Trees for the Veterans

Trees for Tomorrow is launching a campaign to help replace trees lost at the Illinois Veteran’s Home during Quincy’s windstorm last July.  You can help by donating a tree to replace 150 trees lost or damaged in the storm – or by simply giving a donation of money to the effort.  Trees given can be in honor of a veteran from your own family or for a veteran currently living at the home.

Veterans have long enjoyed the ability to have a completely tree-lined and shaded walk around the more than five miles of streets within their 210-acre grounds. Founded in 1886, the Vet’s Home in Quincy is home to about 390 Illinois veterans and their spouses. Honor their service with a living monument – Trees for Tomorrow!

Illinois Veterans Home Facts

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  • One acre of trees produces enough oxygen in a single year to meet the oxygen consumption demands of 18 people.
  • One acre of trees removes up to 2.6 tons of carbon dioxide in a year, helping to reduce global warming.
  • Trees increase property values by as much as 30%, homes with trees sell faster than those without. 
  • Certain trees produce edible fruits and nuts.
  • Trees provide shield from wind and snow and can reduce heating costs by as much as 40%.
  • Trees help muffle noise.
  • Tree roots stabilize soil and prevent erosion.
  • More and more trees are being found to contain ingredients that may be used in certain medicines.
  • Trees help provide privacy and hide objectionable views.
  • Trees provide habitat for birds, animals and insects.
  • Trees provide beauty especially in spring and fall.
  • Tree stimulate economic development, studies show that areas with trees are more attractive to shoppers and renters.
  • Trees improve water quality because they reduce run off of sediments and chemicals into streams.
  • Trees provide tranquil and serene surroundings. Hospital patients recover more quickly when their room offers a view of trees.
"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Collectively, we are the one acorn looking to create a new forest in Quincy for future generations. Your donation to Trees for Tomorrow can help us rebuild that forest.

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