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Community nonprofit joining the initiative to replant Albany 

The Grow Albany initiative is preparing for the spring planting season and is adding new partners to help replant the trees lost during the storms of January 2017.  Mission Change has joined Grow Albany by donating $20, 000  earmarked for both the first residential replanting project and for assistance in additional community park plantings.  For future residential replanting, Mission Change and Grow Albany will provide, distribute, and plant trees for local community residents that are not physically able to plant trees for themselves. This phase is expected to take place during the fall planting season 2018.

"Mission Change has funds specifically set aside for storm relief.  For many homeowners, the loss and removal of trees created a major financial hardship in 2017.  Our partnership with Grow Albany will allow us to add a landscaping element to storm relief projects,” said Mission Change co-founder, LaDonna Urick.

Mission Change is a grass-roots nonprofit that has been supporting the Albany area since 2008. The nonprofit focuses on local worthwhile causes that seem to be overlooked as well as being a resource to community members in need.

To join in the efforts to replant trees lost in the January 2017 storms as a sponsor or volunteer, contact Judy Bowles with Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful at 229-430-5257 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit or the Grow Albany Facebook page for more information.


First Community Planting Day Announced for Radium Springs
Synovus/SB&T to host first Grow Albany Community Planting Day

In January, two storms hit the Albany area leaving beautiful scenic landscapes, like Tift Park and Radium Springs, in ruin. In response to these damaging storms, Grow Albany was established to replant and distribute trees to these affected areas. Less than a year after the storms, Grow Albany and community partner Synovus/SB&T announced the first Community Planting Day scheduled for Saturday, November 4 at Radium Springs Overlook, 2501 Radium Springs Road, from 9 a.m. to noon.

We are excited to announce that Phoebe Putney Health System has joined Grow Albany as a corporate leader for replanting trees at Tift Park. Their financial contribution is also matched with in-kind landscape donations specific to Tift Park.

“Tift Park is our backyard, so leading the Grow Albany initiative at the park was a natural decision for us. The trees we lost to the storm were symbols of our community. Watching new trees grow will be an important part of our community’s recovery. Phoebe has been a vital part of this historic neighborhood for more than 100 years, and we plan to be here for 100 more, growing right alongside those new trees that will represent a vibrant future for Albany,” says Joel Wernick, President and CEO of Phoebe.

Grow Albany works to replant trees lost in storm

Albany, Ga. – In an effort to replace trees lost in the storm of January 2, 2017, organizations in Albany have founded the Grow Albany initiative. Through the work of volunteers and partnerships with Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful, Dougherty County and the City of Albany, Grow Albany will plant and distribute trees to our public parks, businesses and homes through a multi-year, multi-phase initiative.

“Our community experienced a great tragedy. It wasn’t just a loss to property and landscape; it was a loss of identity. Our trees are at the center of how we identify with Albany. Through this storm we have seen our faith and spirit of community revitalized. It’s that spirit and commitment to Albany and our neighbors that we need to continue to grow as we step forward to rebuild together,” said Bárbara Rivera Holmes, President and CEO of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce.