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OUR MISSION

Treeman Silhouette Venice Beach

NATURE AND HUMANITY
Our mission with Treeman is to explore the relationship between nature and humanity. Spending time in nature triggers what neuroscientists call a “flow state”, positive feedback and a sense of well being from behavior that benefits us. We can also achieve flow states through athletics i.e. “being in the zone”, playing musical instruments, the flow arts, stilt walking and even through volunteerism. Volunteering to help those in need can make you healthier, happier and when people see you giving, mirror neurons in their brain react so they feel joy too. We are born helpless and need community to survive, nature rewards us for behavior that keeps us united.

HUMANITY AND TECHNOLOGY
This message of unity is contrary to the polarization we see online and in media that keeps us agitated and fixated as information platforms profit from advertising impressions. But are we really so diametrically opposed? Viewing the world through the lens of digital media it is easy to de-humanize those whose viewpoints we do not share as “other” responding with outrage, even violence. Treeman’s interactions with the public and his message that “We are all reflections of nature” comes when we need it most, and Lionel’s story affords us a unique look into America’s homeless, so often viewed as “other”.

Treeman's Bridge Out of Homelessness

BRIDGE OUT OF HOMELESSNESS
As Lionel breaks a 20 year cycle of homelessness, our mission is to use his story and the Treeman character to lead the way so that other houseless citizens can find the bridge out of homelessness. We visit homeless encampments with Treeman handing out “Beleaflets”, cheat sheets to regionalized homeless services. Treeman is a beacon of hope to citizens experiencing homelessness as he shares his journey with the St Joseph Center, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority,  Chrysalis employment program,  Venice Family Clinic medical center, Venice Beach Business Improvement District and Share! Collaborative Housing. When “A DocumenTree” is complete it will be screened with Treeman at homeless shelters across the nation using regionalized learning tool kits so communities can start their own grass roots programs. Upon completion our audience can also become independent activists by entering their zip code into our website to print regionalized “Beleaflets” to connect with homeless citizens in their area.

A DocumenTree Beleaflets

Los Angeles residents can visit the la-hop.org web portal to assist people experiencing homelessness in LA county with outreach services.

 

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

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BELEAFLETS

CHEAT SHEETS TO REGIONALIZED HOMELESS SERVICES
Treeman A DocumenTree Beleaflets Homeless Westside LA

Treeman and A DocumenTree visit with citizens on the West Side of LA to share Beleaflets

THE ST JOSEPH CENTER

HOPE THROUGH EMPOWERMENT

Treeman Sam Jam St Joseph Center

Treeman visits with St Joseph Center friends at the Venice Sam Jam

LOS ANGELES HOMELESS SERVICES AUTHORITY

SUPPORT, CREATE AND SUSTAIN SOLUTIONS TO HOMELESSNESS

Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Treeman and Team A DocumenTree

LAHSA, Treeman and Team A DocumenTree share Beleaflets in East LA

CHRYSALIS AND THE VENICE BEACH BID

Chrysalis The Venice BID A DocumenTree

Chrysalis and The Venice Beach BID team up to give Lionel Powell the Treeman and many others a fair chance to have employment 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

NEW LIFE SOCIETY

FEEDING THE HUNGRY IN VENICE BEACHNew Life Society and Treeman

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

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

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

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