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HUNTING PARK, PHILADELPHIA AWARDED $20,000 TD GREEN SPACE GRANT FOR INNOVATIVE URBAN FORESTRY INITIATIVES IN UNDERSERVED NEIGHBORHOODS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Philadelphia, PA -June 9, 2020. Today, Hunting Park, Philadelphia announced that it received a $20,000 USD TD Green Space Grant from TD Bank Group (TD) and the Arbor Day Foundation to support innovative urban greening and tree planting projects in underserved areas of the community.  

Hunting Park, Philadelphia plans to use the grant to plant trees in Hunting ParkPhiladelphia was one of 20 U.S. and Canadian cities selected to receive a grant.  

“Green spaces play a critical role in creating more vibrant and livable cities. Not only do they provide environmental benefits, but they also provide social and economic benefits to cities and the people within them,” said Andrea Barrack, Global Head of Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship, TD. “We are proud to work with the Arbor Day Foundation to support innovative community programs in cities including Hunting Park, Philadelphia that are striving to create a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow.”   

“Our goal with this grant program is to help communities not only enrich their green spaces but also enrich lives,” said Dan Lambe, President, Arbor Day Foundation. “We are supporting Hunting Park in its effort to build awareness about the benefits of trees, educate residents on proper tree care, and lay the groundwork for a greener future.”  

TD provides funding for the grants, which are awarded annually for tree planting, maintenance costs and educational activities. The program is administered by the Arbor Day Foundation. TD Green Space Grants are made possible as part of the TD Ready Commitment, TD’s global corporate citizenship platform aimed at opening doors to a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow.  

To be eligible for a grant, qualified municipalities must be within TD’s footprint in the United States and Canada. Priority was given to projects occurring in underserved areas of the local community. For communities applying within the U.S., preference was given to currently recognized Tree City USA® communities or those interested in becoming a Tree City USA community over the next calendar year.  

 In addition to Philadelphia other grant recipients this year are:  

United States  

• Washington, D.C.
• Miami, Florida
• Palatka, Florida
• Lawrence, Massachusetts 
• Baltimore, Maryland 
• Clifton, New Jersey
• Flushing, New York
• Asheville, North Carolina
• Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
• Central Falls, Rhode Island

Canada  

• Strathmore, Alberta
• Fredericton, New Brunswick
• Riverview, New Brunswick
• Brampton, Ontario
• Mississauga, Ontario
• Hamilton, Ontario
• Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec
• Montreal, Quebec
• New Westminster, British Columbia  

For more information, visit arborday.org/programs/tdgreenspacegrants 

About the Arbor Day Foundation. Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation is the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters, and valued partners. Their vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty and hunger.  

About TD Global Corporate Citizenship. TD has a long-standing commitment to enriching the lives of its customers, colleagues and communities. As part of its corporate citizenship platform, the TD Ready Commitment, TD is targeting CDN $1 billion (US $750 million*) in total by 2030 towards community giving in four areas critical to opening doors for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow – Financial Security, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health. Through the TD Ready Commitment, the bank aspires to link its business, philanthropy and human capital to help people feel more confident – not just about their finances, but also in their ability to achieve their personal goals in a changing world. For further information, visit www.td.com/tdreadycommitment 

About Esperanza. Esperanza is a national community-based social benefit organization founded in 1986 by Rev. Luis Cortés and the Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia & Vicinity with the biblical mandate to serve and advocate for “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40). Beginning with a local initiative, with programs targeted to address the unmet needs of North Philadelphia’s Hispanic community, Rev. Cortés is now sought by national and international leaders alike on issues of economic and workforce development, housing, immigration, and education. Under his leadership, Esperanza has grown from a small operation to a $50 million organization with more than 500 employees. Follow us on
social media @esperanza_us on Twitter and Instagram, EsperanzaUSA on Facebook and Esperanza US on YouTube.  

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