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N.Y. Ad Club Young Professionals Joining Hands on New York Day

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On April 25, the Ad Club Young Professionals of New York will be taking part in Hands on New York Day. Team leader Aileen Bulanadi, working with steering committee members Jessica Peltz, Erin Wilson, Rachel Goldflam and Kate Jepsen, will be leading this group of volunteers. Here Ms. Bulanadi explains why they're getting involved:

Ad Club Young Professionals paint murals during the 2008 Hands on New York Day.
Ad Club Young Professionals paint murals during the 2008 Hands on New York Day.
On April 25, the Ad Club Young Professionals of New York will be joining 5,000 volunteers to revitalize some New York public schools, parks, gardens and community centers. Together, we will add bright new-line games to playgrounds, plant trees, paint murals and classrooms, all while raising money to support New York Cares.

New York Cares is New York's leading volunteer organization. It works with more than 850 nonprofit organizations and schools throughout the five boroughs, touching the lives of more than 335,000 disadvantaged New Yorkers every year. As well as being one of New York's largest days of volunteer service, this event is also an important fundraiser for New York Cares, helping support its work 365 days a year.

Similar to a walk-a-thon, our team has asked friends, family and co-workers to support us by making a donation to New York Cares in honor of the time we spend volunteering. The money we raise will help cover the costs of this important day of service and support the thousands of other volunteer projects New York Cares manages throughout the year. The more money we raise, the more work that can be done to help New Yorkers in need. So far, we have raised more than $950 and continue to build our team of volunteers.

This year, our site assignment will take place at Father Macris Park in Staten Island, N.Y., where we will be planting 2,000 trees all day, rain or shine. This is not the first time we have participated with New York Cares, nor will it be the last. We had an excellent turnout last year where the Ad Club Young Professionals participated in New York Cares Day and was assigned to paint classrooms, hallways and murals as well as organize libraries and other important projects for schools. Overall, New York Cares Day raised more than $156,000, with more than $450 contributed by Ad Club Young Professionals.

The Ad Club Young Professionals plans to continue participating with New York Cares in future events and with such other volunteer organizations as the City Harvest Green Market event in August. We strive to help those in need throughout the year. The Ad Club Young Professionals (30 years old or younger) is a group of ambitious, philanthropic and outgoing professionals who come from all areas of advertising and marketing and are on track to become tomorrow's leaders.

It is not too late to participate so please join the Ad Club Young Professionals team for Hands on New York Day—Good Green Fun on April 25. Please click here for the Advertising Club Young Professionals' team page.