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OUR MISSION

Treeman Silhouette Venice Beach

THE SCIENCE OF GIVING

On our adventures with Treeman we encounter many individuals who donate their time to help those in need. Volunteering makes you healthier, happier and when others see you giving, mirror neurons in their brain react so they feel joy too. Herein lies Lionel’s success with his Treeman character, teaching us through human interaction and compassion how we can change the world we live in.

TECHNOLOGY AND HUMANITY

Our mission with Treeman is to inspire a re-examination of our relationship to technology and each other. As we view the world through the lens of digital media it is all too easy to de-humanize those whose viewpoints we do not share as “other”, responding with outrage or even violence. Treeman’s message, “we are all reflections of nature,” comes when we need it most and Lionel’s story affords us a unique look into the world of America’s homeless, so often viewed as “other”.

BRIDGE OUT OF HOMELESSNESS

The 2018 Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Homeless Count Report found “almost half of people experiencing homelessness for the first time cited loss of employment or financial strain as the primary cause.” Sleeping in a tent on the streets is a short-term solution to catching up financially, but years later many are still un-housed. This often results in great costs to one’s physical health, mental health and to society. After a 20 year cycle of homelessness Lionel attempts to re-enter the work force and find housing with the help of the St. Joseph Center, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, Chrysalis Work Program, the Venice BID and more. Through Lionel’s story we hope to create learning opportunities that help others to cross the bridge out of homelessness.

Below are some of the organizations and individuals championed in our film who demonstrate the power of giving, click the links below to learn more. To participate go to our volunteer links,  internships and Fallon pages.

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NEW LIFE SOCIETY

FEEDING THE HUNGRY IN VENICE BEACH

New Life Society and Treeman

Treeman visits Millie of New Life Society as she feeds the hungry of Venice Beach 7 days a week

SANTA MONICA PIER AQUARIUM

HEAL THE BAY MARINE EDUCATION CENTER

Treeman at Halloween Parade Heal The Bay Santa Monica Aquarium

Treeman visit with kids and leads the Heal The Bay Santa Monica Aquarium Halloween Parade

FALLON “MOON JELLY” RABIN

TEEN ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST AND BLOGGER, LEARN MORE ABOUT FALLON HERE

Treeman Fallon Teen Environmental Activist

Fallon Heal The Bay Santa Monica Aquarium volunteer, teen environmental activist interviews Treeman

TOMMY THE CLOWN FOUNDATION

TRANSFORMING THE LIVES OF AT RISK YOUTH THROUGH DANCE

Treeman of Venice Beach, Tommy the Clown and Crew

Treeman of Venice Beach and the Tommy the Clown Crew at the Martin Luther King Parade

WESTMINSTER ELEMENTARY WE GARDEN

        ENVIRONMENTAL MEDIA ASSOCIATION EVENT WITH ACTOR ROSARIO DAWSON AND TREEMAN

Rosario Dawson and Treeman Westminster Elementary WE Garden

Rosario Dawson and Treeman at the Westminster Elementary WE Garden for an Environmental Media Association Event

TREY WHITFIELD SCHOOL

ONE OF TREEMAN’S MANY VISITS TO THE TREY WHITFIELD SCHOOL IN BROOKLYN

Trey Whitfield Choir and Treeman

Treeman visits Trey Whitfileld Choir as they perform with Prentis McNeil of the Drifters and Paul Sequence Ferguson

TREEPEOPLE

TREEPEOPLE FOUNDER ANDY LIPKIS TALKS VOLUNTEERISM

Andy Lipkis Interview with Treeman

A DocumenTree interview at Green Venice Fest with Andy Lipkis founder of the TreePeople

LOWER EAST SIDE GIRLS CLUB

TREEMAN VISITS THE LESGC PLANETARIUM

Lower East Side Girls Club Planetarium and Treeman

Lower East Side Girls Club visits with Treeman at their Planetarium

GREEN VENICE EXPO

ED BEGLEY JR SPEAKS ABOUT SUSTAINABLE LIVING SOLUTIONS

Ed Begley Jr and Treeman

Ed Begley Jr and the Treeman of Venice Beach at the Green Venice Expo

VENICE ARTS

FREE ART EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN OF LOW INCOME FAMILIES

Treeman visits Venice Arts

Kids at Venice Arts draw Treeman as a Comic Book Karma Super Hero for their art class

HEAL THE BAY

CALIFORNIA BEACH CLEAN UPS

Heal The Bay Clean Up

A DocumenTree and Sana Monica College volunteers at the Heal The Bay Clean Up

SANTA MONICA COLLEGE – CEUS

TREEMAN AND A DOCUMENTREE HOST SPECIAL SMC SUSTAINABILITY WEEK EVENT

Treeman at Santa Monica College Sustainability Week

Treeman visiting the Organic Learning Garden for Sustainability Week at Santa Monica College