EAST ORANGE, NJ – TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®, has selected New Jersey Tree Foundation to participate in TD Tree Days, a community-based program that expands urban forests and green spaces in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods. Staff and volunteers of NJ Tree Foundation will join local employees of TD Bank to plant 50 native trees at Oval Park in East Orange on Wednesday, October 24th.
"We're proud to partner with NJ Tree Foundation during TD Tree Days to improve the community and elevate the quality of the environment from the ground up," said Joe Doolan, TD Bank's Head of Environmental Affairs. "TD launched The Ready Commitment to more robustly support initiatives that will ensure a sustainable and inclusive future for all. TD Tree Days is one of many programs that help promote a more vibrant planet by providing green landscapes where they are most needed. Trees do much more than beautify our communities – they produce oxygen; improve air quality and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy by reducing carbon emissions, airborne pollutants and smog; provide cooling shade to reduce energy costs; and enhance the quality of life."
Now in its ninth year, TD Tree Days will bring together more than 1,000 community members and TD employees in September and October to plant approximately 900 trees and shrubs in 19 communities from Maine to Florida. Founded in 2010, the program has made a significant positive impact for communities and the environment as TD's flagship volunteer and urban greening program, planting more than 350,000 native trees and shrubs, primarily in Canada and the U.S., and is managed with support from The Arbor Day Foundation. Under the Ready Commitment platform, TD pledges to plant one million trees across North America by 2030, and the TD Tree Days program will count toward that goal.
NJ Tree Foundation is one of 18 organizations in the United States that was chosen to participate in TD Tree Days through an application process. "We are excited to participate in TD Tree Days because it gives us the opportunity to provide shade, beauty, and water and air quality improvements to areas that need it - in a sparsely vegetated area such as East Orange, each tree stands to make a significant impact,” says Crystal Wessel, Program Coordinator for the NJ Tree Foundation.
In addition to East Orange, TD Tree Days events are scheduled in these communities this fall: Delray Beach, Miami and Jacksonville, Florida; Lowell, Springfield, and Worcester, Massachusetts; Auburn and So. Portland, Maine; Detroit, Michigan; Asheville, North Carolina; Atlantic City, East Orange, Plainfield, and Rahway, New Jersey; Easton and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia in spring, 2019); Wilmington, DE, and Myrtle Beach and Travelers Rest, South Carolina.
About New Jersey Tree Foundation
The New Jersey Tree Foundation is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees in New Jersey’s most underserved neighborhoods, where the need is greatest. Through tree planting, volunteerism, and partnerships, the NJ Tree Foundation assists numerous communities in improving their environment and quality of life. Since its inception in 1998, the NJ Tree Foundation has planted over 253,000 trees across the state. Learn more at www.njtrees.org or on social media @njtrees.
About TD Tree Days
TD Tree Days supports TD’s longstanding commitment to community enrichment and forms one component of its newly launched The Ready Commitment, a multi-year platform that actively promotes inclusivity, economic vitality, environmental wellbeing and health, enabling people of all backgrounds to succeed in a rapidly changing world. As part of The Ready Commitment, TD targets CDN $1 billion (US $775 million) in total by 2030 towards community giving in four critical areas: Financial Security, a more Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health. Through this platform, TD aspires to create a more inclusive tomorrow -- helping people of all backgrounds feel more confident, not just about their finances, but about their ability to achieve their goals. For information, visit td.com/thereadycommitment.
About TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®
TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 9 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at more than 1,200 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth®, and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. To learn more, visit www.tdbank.com.
TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the ticker symbol "TD". To learn more, visit www.td.com.