Dallas' big free tree giveaway this weekend could use a tiny bit of help
If you're looking for a quick and easy volunteer opportunity, look no longer: Dallas Water Utilities could use some help in its free tree giveaway this weekend.
Called Branch Out Dallas Arbor Day Event, it'll take place on Saturday November 5, from 9 am-12 noon, when the city will distribute free five-gallon trees to Dallas residents who registered for the event.
A spokesperson says that the project is a popular event not only among residents who love getting free trees but also as a service project volunteer opportunity that draws volunteers from local schools, neighborhoods, and business communities.
Volunteering will consist of checking in residents, loading five-gallon trees into vehicles, and directing traffic.
Volunteers are needed in these six locations:
- Shelton School at 17301 Preston Rd
- Marsh Lane Baptist Church at 10716 Marsh Ln
- White Rock Church of Christ at 9220 Ferguson Rd
- Tyler Street UMC at 927 W. 10th St
- Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep Innovation Center at 9701 San Leon Ave
- St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic School at 4019 S. Hampton Rd
To volunteer, email BranchOutDallas@dallas.gov with your contact information and preferred location.
The Branch Out Dallas program provides 2,500 trees across the City to residents to place in their yard. It debuted in fall 2018. Interest was so overwhelming that they did it twice in 2019, in March and November, distributing more than 5,000 trees.
The program was not held in 2020 due to the pandemic, but resumed in 2021, and now it's back for 2022.
All 2,500 trees that will be distributed are spoken for, but residents who missed out on registration can show up at any of the six sites on Saturday from 11:30 am-12:30 pm to see if there are any leftover trees that have not been picked up; those are first come, first serve.