Volunteering to Help a City

N.Y. Ad Club Young Professionals Get Ready for Two Fall Efforts

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The Advertising Club Young Professionals of New York is continuing its volunteer activities this fall, with New York Cares Day on Oct. 17 and a City Harvest Greenmarket event on Nov. 2. Aileen Bulandi, team leader for the City Harvest event, tells what -- and why:

The Advertising Club Young Professionals are continuing our networking and outreach efforts through two fall volunteer initiatives -- New York Cares Day on Oct. 17h and the City Harvest Greenmarket event on Nov. 2.

On Saturday, Oct. 17, the Ad Club Young Professionals of New York will be joining 8,000 New York Cares volunteers to paint a brighter future for city students. 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 over 335,000 disadvantaged New Yorkers every year.

This year, our site assignment will be IS 49 SI Berta A. Dreyfus School in Staten Island, where we will be painting murals around the school as well as planting bulbs, weeding and spreading mulch in the outdoor garden.

Like for a walk-a-thon, we are asking friends, family and coworkers to support us by making a donation to New York Cares in honor of our service. Donations will support 10,000 volunteer projects this year, including one-on-one SAT tutoring for low-income children, resume preparation services for unemployed adults and revitalizing underserved communities. To this date, we have raised more than $750 dollars and continue to build our team of volunteers. For more information, check out the for the Advertising Club Young Professionals' team page.

Next, the Ad Club Young Professionals of New York's steering committee members will continue fall initiatives by volunteering with City Harvest's Greenmarket Team.

On Nov. 2, the steering committee members will be working with City Harvest at the Union Square Greenmarket. We will visit the market to collect excess food from farmers and load it onto City Harvest trucks, which deliver the food directly to community programs in the five boroughs.

City Harvest, a nonprofit organization founded in 1982, is the world's first and New York's only food rescue program. Now serving New York for more than 25 years, City Harvest is dedicated to feeding the city's hungry men, women and children.

This year, City Harvest will collect more than 25 million pounds of excess food from all segments of the food industry, including restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers and farms. This food is then delivered free of charge to nearly 600 community food programs throughout the city, using a fleet of trucks and bikes as well as volunteers on foot. Each week, City Harvest helps more than 260,000 hungry New Yorkers find their next meal.

The Ad Club's 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 who are on track to becoming tomorrow's leaders.

I would like to thank the Advertising Club of New York as well as the steering committee members, Dina Gold, Rachel Goldflam and the Advertising Club's Julia Stapleton, who who helped me plan our volunteer efforts for these events.

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