Life gets greener for Habitat homeowners

By Kathy Lefler/Communications and Marketing Manager

We’re always amazed at what happens when people in our community work together to make a difference. Here’s a recent inspiring example:

On Saturday, members of the Environmental Action Club from The Independent School and Ben Postlethwait, a biology conservation and sustainability manager at Evergy, planted trees in the yards of nine Wichita Habitat for Humanity homeowners.

This day to make a difference came about because Michelle Bolin, who’s on staff at The Independent School,  knows the value and importance of trees.

“Trees help lower city temperatures as well as homeowner bills, increase home values, provide windbreaks, prevent erosion, and improve air quality,” Michelle Bolin said. “I truly believe everyone needs a tree in their yard.”

Landscaping can be costly and Michelle knew Habitat homeowners would appreciate having more trees in their yards, in addition to the one that is planted when they purchase they move into their home.

Michelle called our office and spoke with Christine Moser, our volunteer coordinator, and the idea took shape. Others on staff, including LaDeana Steffen and Katharine Franco called for the dig clearance and coordinated with the Habitat homeowners. Michelle connected with Evergy and they supplied the trees and Ben shared his skills on Saturday.

The 12 trees planted on Saturday include Swamp Oaks, White Oaks, Burr Oaks and an Eastern Red Bud. One of the Habitat homeowners said she’d always wanted a Redbud!

Thank you to everyone at The Independent School and Evergy for all you shared to make life greener for our homeowners!