Empowering Communities

Got Trees?

June 22, 2016

Trees provide shade on hot days…pour oxygen into the air we breathe…and come to symbolize “home” to families whose children play and grow under their canopies.  Sometimes, though, these gifts of nature go unnoticed until they’re gone.

This is something residents of Coal City, Ill., know all too well.

Last June, an EF-3 tornado tore through this small, tightknit community, and in an instant, homes were leveled and hundreds of trees were destroyed. Nearly one year and much rebuilding later, many residents noted that the town still didn’t feel the same without their lost trees.

This Arbor Day, volunteers from ComEd and Coal City came together to plant new trees around the city and distribute saplings to community members. The trees were donated by Spring Grove Nursery, Lewis Tree Service, Davey Resource Group, Homer Tree Service, and through ComEd’s partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation.

Watch new beginnings take root in Coal City.