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Cynthia Nixon Pledges 24 in 2010

18 Dec

Yesterday I braved the cold (along with a lot of other people) to watch the unveiling of WE Volunteer’s mobile resolution trailer, the latest addition to the WE Empowers Women campaign. Standing on Military Island in Times Square, Cynthia Nixon -along with WE tv’s Kim Martin- pledged 24 hours of volunteer service to the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) in 2010. As their spokeswoman and veteran volunteer, I’m sure Mrs. Nixon will be giving way more than the minimum 24.

Cynthia Nixon: actress, mother, and volunteer

Also on hand to help unveil the WE Volunteer mobile unit were a group of NYC public school students, three of whom spoke about the success of AQE and their excitement for the future of the organization and WE Volunteer. The eldest of the student speakers, Jeremy Gonzalez (18), a recent graduate of Franklin K. Lane HS in Brooklyn and current student at LaGuardia Community College, currently works with the Urban Youth Collaborative. He noted that UYC encourages kids and teens to succeed, and that “college is possible” for everyone. Jeremy was the most animated 18-year-old public speaker I’ve ever listened to, and added a very sincere, honest element to the event.

You can join Cynthia and pledge your own 24 in 2010 by visiting the WE Volunteer website. You just have to enter some contact information and choose an organization you’ll be dedicating your time to. As the year progresses, you can log and track your volunteer hours on the website, as well as share your experiences with fellow pledges. Added bonus: when you pledge, you’ll be entered into WE tv’s “Chic in the City Sweepstakes” to win a trip for two to NYC, attend a highly anticipated red-carpet premiere and afterparty, two nights in a boutique hotel, dinner at an NYC hotspot and $500 shopping spree at Saks Fifth Avenue. It doesn’t say on the website, but if you add up the clues (Cynthia Nixon is filming a new movie, sweepstakes named ‘Chic in the City’, Saks has a huge shoe department, Carrie Bradshaw loves shoes), I’d guess that the movie premiere will be Sex in the City 2…

For more information about WE Volunteer, you can read my previous post about the event or visit their website. I’ve posted some photos of the event below but if you want more, visit Women on the Web for photos and coverage.

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According to their website, the Alliance for Quality Education has become New York state’s lead community-based organization in the fight for high quality public education since it’s inception in 2000. “Working with all stakeholders, but emphasizing the involvement of parents and youth, AQE combines leadership development, community organizing, electronic activism, extensive media relations, policy work, and lobbying within a cohesive campaign for fundamental education reform.”

WE Volunteer Event in Times Square

15 Dec
This Thursday the 17th at 11:30am, WE tv will be holding an event at Military Island in Times Square (Broadway/7th Ave between 43rd and 44th) that should not be missed. The network is promoting their 3-year campaign, WE Volunteer: What A Difference A Day Makes, which encourages women to volunteer with organizations they are passionate about. They will be unveiling a mobile center in Times Square, which will allow people to sign up on the spot to give the gift of 24 volunteer hours in 2010. Lush will be providing stocking stuffers to those individuals who come aboard and sign the digital pledge. In addition, all those who make the volunteer pledge will be automatically entered to win an awesome sweepstakes prize that includes a trip for two to New York City to attend a fabulous red carpet movie premiere  and it’s after-party, with a two night stay at a boutique hotel.
Cynthia Nixon of Sex and the City fame will be on hand to help with the ‘Resolution Center’ unveiling, and show her support by pledging to volunteer 24 hours of service in 2010 with the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE), a NY state non-profit organization that seeks to give every child a high-quality public education.
If you’re in the area on Thursday and have some free time, stop by the WE Volunteer event, make an early New Year’s resolution, and pledge your time to volunteer in 2010. You can also visit the WE Volunteer website, which has some great tools for getting started and keeping track of your volunteer hours, as well as providing a place for you to share your experiences with others in the WE Volunteer community. Also check out their Do Good, Feel Good Blog, which has a slew of tips and stories of volunteering online, outdoors, in schools, and more.
See you there!