April 8th, 2022, Members of the Colorado Arborists and Lawn Care Professionals came together today to donate their time and talent to make a difference in our community. Held annually, the CALCP Day of Service finds a non-profit organization that is in need of lawn and tree care and offers to help. This year, members of CALCP came together at Gateway Domestic Violence Shelter where they pruned trees, fixed the irrigation system, sprayed for weeds, laid down mulch, and cleaned up the debris.

“Many can say their homes are a sanctuary, a safe space to enjoy with their loved ones. Sadly, the reality of daily life is gravely different for many mothers and children within our communities and beyond. Fortunately, there is a safe space that welcomes those women and children in need of safety and shelter from otherwise unimaginable home lives. This year, CALCP was presented with a special opportunity to make a small difference for those women and children in need. Today, we visited one of the Gateway Domestic Violence shelters and provided a host of services to the exterior to make it more inviting for its residents. As you may imagine, the minimal funding for these shelters leaves little room for spending on necessary upkeep. Basic lawn, tree, and other various landscape services that those in are industry provide are a luxury that these shelters usually go without. Today, we were blessed with several willing volunteers within our green community to give their outdoor space a major upgrade. I’m pleased with the amazing work our volunteers provided to make an unfavorable situation just a bit more welcoming for the residents.” Dayna Macbeth, President, CALCP Board of Directors

“Gateway is so lucky to have such a great group of individuals who came out today and lend their expertise to help in fixing our yard so children can play in it. They have made a difference in people’s lives today and we will not forget it. We are so thrilled with the difference made today.” Karmen Carter, Executive Director, Gateway Domestic Violence Services
We had an opportunity to talk with Ryan Pinto, an arborist with Davey Tree who told us, “I am out here today because it is important to give back to my community. CALCP Day of Service allows me to use my expertise in pruning trees to help such an important nonprofit. I had a friend that was going to a battered women’s shelter. Before she was able to get in, her abuser killed her and her mom. This cause hit very close to home for me and I did not hesitate to sign up.”
About Colorado Arborists and Lawn Care Professionals
The mission of CALCP is to provide educational opportunities, support for research, and legislative advocacy to enhance the professionalism of Colorado’s tree and lawn care industry.
The vision is to unite Colorado’s green industry to make our state a better and safer place to live; a state where every tree and lawn care professional is properly trained, licensed, and certified.