Presentation and Program Overview
The first step is to bring together motivated members of your community who want to make a difference. You may want to begin by hosting a BIISC representative at a community association, board, or neighborhood watch meeting to discuss the program and encourage others to sign up.
Once your community has decided to move forward and “ACT”, a liaison or “albizia coordinator” should be designated. This is a very important role as this person will assist in making arrangements for training workshops as well as providing support for community volunteers. Your coordinator will be the point of contact for BIISC and community volunteers, and will also help with tracking of albizia trees and receipt of Milestone.
Volunteer Training Workshop
Once the coordinator is in place, he or she will work with BIISC to host a BIISC community volunteer training workshop. Outreach for the workshop is key: BIISC can provide some color flyers and will publicize the event on our website and social media, but we find that the best way to generate a good turn out is through neighbor-to-neighbor encouragement.
On the day of the workshop, volunteers will be presented with the scope of the program and encouraged to “sign up” for kuleana of a specific area, block, or section of street. The albizia coordinator can follow up after the workshop with individuals who express interest.
If requested, BIISC will supply the coordinator with maps of the specific areas taken on by ACT volunteers. The coordinator will be provided with templates, helpful information on legislation regarding albizia, and other tools to support the ACT volunteers as needed. BIISC staff will also be available to assist coordinators if unusual or uncertain situations arise, and will provide ongoing support and training as needed.
Because BIISC is working hard for legislative action and grant funding, tracking is a really critical part of our efforts. We ask that ACT volunteers and coordinators work together to track both treated trees and hazard trees and report this work to BIISC.
A template for tracking albizia in your neighborhood can be found here: ACT Tracking Template