Spencer Savings Bank Hosts “Warm Up This Winter” Drive For Bridges Outreach Nonprofit
Spencer Savings Bank hosted a “Warm Up This Winter” drive in support of Bridges Outreach, a non-profit organization headquartered in Union County. The bank and employees donated hundreds of new socks, gloves, hats and scarves to help keep their clients nice and warm this winter season. Contactless shopping was done with items purchased at various stores via an Amazon Wishlist.
Bridges ends homelessness through volunteer-driven outreach and individual case management focusing on health, housing and independence. They form relationships with those experiencing homelessness while meeting their most urgent needs. To learn more about the non-profit and help, visit them online at bridgesoutreach.org.
Peapack-Gladstone Bank Helps Kids Get Back to School
To support the United Way of Northern New Jersey Tools for School program, Peapack-Gladstone Bank coordinated a multicultural virtual concert which raised a $2,530 in donations and participant purchase of 1,615 school supply items shipped to students in need. In its 12th year of support for the program, the Bank has made significant contributions, helping students obtain the resources and supplies needed to start off the school year in a positive mindset, ready to learn.
Unity Bank Launches Partnership with NID Housing Counseling Agency and Donates $5,000 for Community Education Programs
Unity Bank recently donated $5,000 to the NID Housing Counseling Agency (NID-HCA), a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved national network of housing counselors and community-development consultants with offices in Plainfield and Allentown, Pa. Unity is launching a partnership with the agency to supplement the bank’s Low-Moderate Income Mortgage Program.
Provident Bank Opens New Wyckoff Branch; Names Cornicelli Banking Center Manager
Branch marks the bank’s eighth location in Bergen County
Provident Bank, a leading New Jersey-based financial institution, has announced the opening of its newest branch at 345 Franklin Avenue, Wyckoff, New Jersey. The modern, full-service banking facility offers customers a welcoming environment with convenient features that include a drive-through, ATM, night depository, and Saturday hours. The branch is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Thursday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; and Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Maureen Cornicelli of Park Ridge, New Jersey, was named Assistant Vice President, Banking Center Manager of the new Wyckoff branch. Ms. Cornicelli is responsible for driving deposit and small business loan growth for the branch, developing sales strategies, ensuring superior customer service, as well as overseeing the staff and operational integrity of the branch.
Ms. Cornicelli has more than 35 years’ experience in retail banking, and most recently served as a Financial Service Officer/Branch Manager with Columbia Bank. She has also held branch management positions with JP Morgan Chase, Bank of New York, and Valley National Bank.
Spencer Savings Bank Supports Mental Health Initiatives, Donates $7,500 to CBH Care
Spencer Savings Bank recently made a $7,500 donation to CBH Care, in support of mental health services in its community. The nonprofit organization is a leader in behavioral health care services for New Jersey and Bergen County, offering compassionate and mental health services to thousands in Northern New Jersey.
Unity Bank Donates $34,200 to Food Pantries in NJ and Lehigh Valley
Bergen, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset, Union and Warren Counties in N.J. and Northampton County, Penn. Food Banks Receive Support
Unity Bank and its employees have donated a record total of $34,200 to 19 food pantries in New Jersey and Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. The funds were contributed by Unity Bank employees and matched by the bank as part of a special annual holiday community service project that was started more than 10 years ago.
Donations of $1,800 will be presented to a local food bank by each of Unity’s 19 community branches, including: FISH Hospitality Program in Piscataway, serving Middlesex, Union, and Somerset Counties, from Middlesex Branch; Flemington Area Food Pantry from Flemington Branch; St. Vincent De Paul Society from North Plainfield Branch; Franklin Township Food Bank from Somerset Branch; Highland Park Community Food Pantry from Highland Park Branch; Home First Interfaith Housing & Family Services of Plainfield from Scotch Plains Branch; Linden Interfaith Network for Community Service from Linden Branch; River of Life Food Pantry of Phillipsburg from Phillipsburg Branch; Open Cupboard Food Pantry of Clinton from Clinton Branch; Readington Area Starfish from Whitehouse Branch; St. Paul Food Pantry of Ramsey from the Ramsey Branch; Feeding Hands of Raritan from Somerville Branch; Sacred Heart Social Concerns Ministry in South Plainfield from South Plainfield Branch; Alliance Center for Independence Food Pantry in Edison from Edison Branch; Union Food Pantry from Union Branch; Helping Hands Food Pantry of Hillsdale from Emerson Branch; Washington Community Food Pantry from Unity’s Washington Branch; New Bethany Ministries of Bethlehem from the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Branch; and Easton Area Community Center from Forks Township, Pennsylvania Branch.
Help for the holidays: Wells Fargo donates $50K to Fulfill food bank
How’s this for an early present for those in need: Wells Fargo surprised representatives from Fulfill, a food bank serving the Jersey Shore, with a $50,000 donation to assist the organization with its ongoing efforts to address food insecurity in the region.
The funding will enable Fulfill, the nonprofit run by former Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, to provide 150,000 meals to residents in Monmouth and Ocean counties. The donation is in addition to the $25,000 Wells Fargo previously donated to Fulfill earlier in 2020. Guadagno was grateful.
Wells Fargo has a long commitment to supporting people facing hunger through its longstanding relationship with Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States, and its affiliate organizations, which includes Fulfill.
Fulfill has served an additional 3 million meals since the pandemic hit the Jersey Shore.
Pre-COVID, Fulfill was serving 136,000 people, 50,000 of them children. Fulfill has seen a 40% increase in the demand for food since the onset of the crisis. Today, Fulfill is feeding 215,000 people, and 70,000 of them are children.
Earlier this year, Wells Fargo launched a nationwide Drive-Up Food Bank program, in which the company helped reach families facing hunger due to the COVID-19 pandemic by working with local Feeding America member food banks to distribute food at some of the company’s branches and corporate locations.
To extend this effort during the holidays, Wells Fargo is directing grants as part of its “Many Hearts. One Community.” holiday campaign to Feeding America food banks around the country — ensuring there is food on the tables for people who need it most — and fulfilling the company’s commitment to help provide 82 million meals to families in need.
Wells Fargo’s “Many Hearts. One Community.” holiday campaign can be found here.
Fulfill, formerly the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, moves more than 1 million pounds of food each month for families in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Fulfill feeds children, seniors, veterans and the working poor. Fulfill serves pantries and shelters, provides hot meals for children after school and sends food home for those same children over the weekend during the school year. Fulfill also provides additional services to help our neighbors improve their overall situation.
Spencer Savings Bank Supports Mental Health Initiatives, Donates $7,500 to CBH Care
Spencer Savings Bank recently made a $7,500 donation to CBH Care, in support of mental health services in its community. The nonprofit organization is a leader in behavioral health care services for New Jersey and Bergen County, offering compassionate and mental health services to thousands in Northern New Jersey.
Peapack-Gladstone Bank Brings Holiday Cheer
Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market: PGC) and Peapack-Gladstone Bank are proud to report the Bank has partnered with the United Way of Northern New Jersey for its annual Gifts of the Season holiday drive. During these challenging times, the need is greater than ever; so for the 12th consecutive year, the Bank coordinated a response - but with a new twist! Employees had the opportunity to browse through a custom-designed virtual shopping site to purchase toys, clothing and necessities for local needy children and teens.
Through the generosity of Peapack-Gladstone Bank employees, a total of 977 items were purchased totaling approximately $7,000 in value! A generous response, especially during these trying times. Through their partnership with the United Way, the Bank has joined in the spirit of the season, assuring local youth have a holiday that is merry and bright.
Throughout the years, Peapack-Gladstone Bank has been dedicated in supporting New Jersey communities by being proactive in doing their part for those that are less fortunate. The Bank looks forward to continuing its community outreach in the New Year and thanks everyone who contributed for their generosity, bringing smiles to the faces of those families most in need.
Columbia Bank Toy Drive Supports Families in Need
Employee Collection Effort Gathers
Approximately 500 Holiday Items and $4,000 in Gift Cards
Columbia Bank has recently completed its Annual Corporate Holiday Toy Drive for children in New Jersey. Coordinated by Team Columbia Volunteers, the effort benefitted six organizations across the state, including Boys and Girls Club of Passaic and Paterson, Department of Child Protection and Permanency, Greater Newark Conservancy, New Destiny Community Development Corporation, New Hope Ministries, and Toys for Tots. Approximately 500 gifts and $4,000 in gift cards were donated.
Shown are some of the Team Columbia volunteers who helped collect, wrap, and distribute the holiday gifts to the participating organizations.
Somerset Savings Employees Help Make the Holidays Special for Those in Need
Somerset Savings Bank employees answered the call when United Way of Northern New Jersey asked for help from the community to bring holiday cheer and much-needed winter apparel to children, adults with disabilities, and seniors in need across northern New Jersey. A carload of gifts was delivered to United Way of Northern New Jersey for distribution to struggling individuals and families.
These gifts may be the only ones received by those less fortunate in the community. When parents receive gifts for their children through this program, they are able to avoid going into debt by utilizing their limited resources to pay for basic needs such as food, utilities, and rent.
Pictured after loading the SUV are (left to right) Bill Taylor, Chris Pribula, Dana DePace and Audrey Mothner, all from Somerset Savings Bank.
Gregory Scharpf, Amboy Bank President and CEO, and Anthony DeToro, Vice President and Branch Administration Deposit Officer, help Anahita Feltz, Old Bridge Food Bank Manager, and Matthew Mercurio, Director of Parks & Recreation and Social Services, gather the food collections from the Amboy Bank Administration Building and neighboring branches. Scharpf said, “Through the generosity of our staff and clients, we were able to help the Old Bridge Food Bank feed the members of our community who need it most. We’d like to thank everyone for making our annual food drive such a success.” Amboy Bank’s food drive included all 23 offices making donations to their local community food banks.
MagyarBank Charitable Foundation Grants $6,000 to State Theatre New Jersey
The MagyarBank Charitable Foundation recently granted $6,000 to State Theatre New Jersey in support of their Next Stage Campaign. The campaign is raising funds to improve the theatre’s accessibility and safety, audience and artist experience, and operational efficiency. Planned improvements include an elevator to allow access to all levels, an improved HVAC system, new auditorium seating with increased ADA seating, replacing the rope-and-sandbag rigging system with a motorized system, renovating restrooms to include touchless technology, and more.
Pictured: from left to right: John Fitzgerald, President and CEO, Magyar Bank, Sarah Chaplin, President & CEO, State Theatre New Jersey.
Blue Foundry Bank Opens New Branch Location on Park Avenue in Rutherford, NJ
As part of their new branch opening and continued community commitment, Bank to host food drive supporting Rutherford Community Pantry
Blue Foundry Bank, a financial institution that offers a full service, crafted banking experience, announced the opening of its 19 Park Avenue, Rutherford, New Jersey branch. The new location reflects the bank’s reinvention and acknowledges the modern-day movers and shakers that they serve.
Blue Foundry Bank is a place where things are made. Reflecting the bank’s brand, this newly designed facility offers an open floor plan and more connected approach to banking, without the traditional physical divisions such as counters and desks, providing Universal Bankers an environment conducive to helping customers plan for their financial success. The 1,600 square foot branch reflects the bank's industrial, maker spirit through sleek design elements such as exposed brick, steel, distressed wood and concrete wall panels. The branch also includes space perfect for community collaboration, when appropriate. Throughout the location curated pieces of art can be found along with an art deco moss wall, three-dimensional logos, and modern new ATM designs.
Amboy Bank hosts its annual food drive
Throughout November, all 23 offices of Amboy Bank will collect food and household items for food banks in their branch area. Every Amboy office manager has selected a food bank to collect for in their community. In many cases, Amboy has a strong relationship with the organizations, including St. Laurence Food Bank, Lunch Break and Freehold Open Door.
Gregory Scharpf, President and CEO, stated, “At Amboy Bank, we are dedicated to helping our local community prosper, and we are proud to lend a helping hand to our neighbors who need it most. Our annual food drive will help to restock the shelves of the food banks in our area.”
Branch locations and details about the food drive can be found on Amboy’s website, www.AmboyBank.com.
Amboy Bank’s Red Bank branch celebrates the kick off to the annual food drive on Halloween. Donations to the Red Bank branch go to Lunch Break of Red Bank.
BCB BANK GIFTS IRONBOUND NEW MURAL FROM LOCAL ARTIST
BCB Bank recently unveiled a colorful new mural on its newest branch in the Ironbound, painted by local artist Jo-El Lopez. The branch, opened in July, is located at 269 Ferry Street, Newark, NJ. BCB commissioned the mural as a gift to the neighboring community, according to Thomas Coughlin, BCB President and Chief Executive Officer. Lopez also will be decorating the branch’s interior with a mural.
Lopez is a well-known artist in the Newark Art Community. His work is in the permanent collection of The Newark Museum of Art and The Zimmerli Museum of Art and hung at Gallery Aferro in Newark.
Freedom Bank Donates 1,200 Shields
Freedom Bank, headquartered in Maywood, recently donated more than 1,200 face shields to the Guttenberg Public School District. The face shields from LG Protective Wearables, are for the students as well as staff protection. The donation was comprised of a mixture of glasses frame face shields and adjustable face shields. For more information about Freedom Bank, please visit. www.fbnj.com.
LG Protective Wearables, headquartered in Rutherford, is a manufacturer and distributor of protective products and has more than 15 years experience in manufacturing and supply chain management. For more information or to purchase PPE, please go to https://www.lgprotectivewearables.com/.
From right to left:
Michelle Rosenberg: Superintendent Guttenberg School District, Marisol Montanez: Town of Guttenberg Event Coordinator, Lieutenant Rafael Martinez, Freedom Bank Branch Manager Maria Moreano, Sargent Steve Diaz, Detective Hector Molina and Officer Emily Dubon.
Investors Bank Named ‘Best Big Bank in New Jersey’ by Newsweek
Investors Bank has been named the “Best Big Bank in New Jersey” in Newsweek’s first-ever ranking of financial institutions.
The “America’s Best Banks 2021” rankings were released in the magazine’s Oct. 9 issue, as Newsweek acknowledged the pandemic has reshaped banking, driving consumers to seek out reliable customer service and robust online banking options.
Newsweek, in a partnership with LendingTree, evaluated more than 2,500 U.S. financial institutions to determine leaders in 19 best-in-class categories, including the best big and small bank in each state. The “Best Big Bank” rankings were specifically based on a “winning combination of low fees, competitive interest rates and a broad array of services, including a variety of loans and a high performing mobile app.”
“It is a great honor to be recognized as the ‘Best Big Bank in New Jersey’. Our commitment to develop and support a digital platform that enhances the customer experience has paid significant dividends,” said Investors Bank Chairman & CEO Kevin Cummings. He also said Investors employees worked collaboratively to ensure online and mobile banking applications are responsive to customers’ needs. “We always will put the customer first,” said Cummings.
“We thrive on strong relationships with our customers, who want banking to be easy, convenient, and safe,” said Cummings. “Our digital platform enabled our customers to safely manage their accounts during the pandemic. We are proud that we were able to keep our branches open. That was important to us and to our customers.”
Investors Bank has designed its mobile banking services for ease and flexibility and provides a “digital concierge” to offer assistance as needed.
Investors Bank President & COO Domenick Cama credited the Newsweek recognition to the dedication and commitment of Investors Bank’s employees. “This recognition is a testament to the conscientious and diligent work of our employees,” said Cama. “They meet and exceed expectations by actively listening to our customers every day, not just in the branches or in their offices, but side-by-side as they work in the communities with businesses and nonprofits. They understand that each customer is an individual with specific needs.”
Cama said the recognition from Newsweek is also an affirmation of Investors’ commitment to providing superior products and services with each customer engagement. “We want our customers to know we hear and understand their needs,” said Cama.
Columbia Bank Hosts 32nd Annual Charity Golf Classic
Columbia Bank’s Thirty Second Annual Charity Golf Classic raised $85,000 to benefit Spectrum for Living, an organization dedicated to the philosophy that persons with developmental disabilities have the same rights as others to a fulfilling and meaningful life. Today, Spectrum for Living operates 28 sites in three New Jersey counties, serving upwards of 800 people. Nearly 140 golfers took part in this annual charitable fund raiser.
Shown taking part in a special check presentation at the event are (from left) Frank Recine, Board Member, Spectrum for Living, Bill Schuldt: Vice President of Operations, Spectrum for Living, Randy Csik, Board Member, Spectrum for Living, Christopher Perry, President & CEO of Spectrum for Living, Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank, Allyson Schlesinger, EVP Head of Consumer Banking, Steve Vahalla, Director of Development & Recreational Services, Spectrum for Living and Steve Torrico, Board Member, Spectrum for Living.
Unity Bank Donates $5,000 to Housing Authority of Plainfield
Unity Bank has donated $5,000 to the Housing Authority of Plainfield (HAP) to support activities associated with affordable housing; and economic revitalization of low or moderate-income areas within the community. “Unity Bank is committed to assisting organizations who provide vital services in the community,” said Unity Bank President & CEO James A. Hughes. “We are pleased to be able to support the housing authority during these challenging times because its services are more important than ever.” Pictured (from left) are Randall Wood, HAP Executive Director; Paige Burwell, Unity Bank Area Manager; Chris Bono, Unity Bank Commercial Loan Officer; and Lewis Hurd, HAP Director of Finance.
Peapack-Gladstone Bank Helps Stock New Jersey Food Banks
As the fight against the coronavirus continues, Peapack-Gladstone Bank has focused on its unwavering support of nonprofits, local organizations and food banks through monetary donations, volunteer engagement and community service. Ensuring food security within the Garden State is taking on increased urgency, especially amongst individuals and families whose finances have been impacted by COVID-19, struggling to make ends meet.
Throughout the years, Peapack-Gladstone Bank’s community service and support have made an impact in improving the lives of countless individuals in New Jersey, and this summer is no exception. In this time of uncertainty, New Jersey’s food banks are seeing a record increase in the number of people in need of help.
Hence, the Bank has stepped up its efforts in providing support to America’s Grow-a-Row based in Pittstown, New Jersey who grows and delivers fresh fruit and vegetables where it is needed most. By delivering fresh, healthy produce to New Jersey food banks and countless financially deprived individuals in impoverished areas, America’s Grow-a-Row has made an impact in alleviating food insecurity within the Garden State, protecting low-income individuals and their families from hunger and related illness.
Peapack-Gladstone Bank will continue its ongoing support to the growing needs of the communities we serve and is committed to making a real, tangible difference in the lives of New Jersey’s residents, ensuring everyone has the food they need during this difficult time.
Peapack-Gladstone Bank Employees harvest corn at the America’s Grow-a-Row farm in Pittstown, NJ.
Unity Bank’s 14th Annual Classic Car Show Benefitting Family Promise Will Be Virtual in 2020
Unity Bank is seeking sponsors and classic car owners for the 14th Annual Cruisin’ Bob’s Classic Car Show, which for the last 13 years has been held at the bank’s Clinton headquarters, but will be virtual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. All proceeds from the car show will benefit Family Promise of Hunterdon County and Family Promise of Warren County.
Unity Bank is the Only NJ Bank to be Named One of the 2020 Best Places to Work in New Jersey
Unity Bank has been named one of the 2020 Best Places to Work in New Jersey – the only bank in New Jersey to make the prestigious list. It is the fourth year in a row that Unity has been honored by the survey and awards program, which identifies, recognizes and honors the top places of employment in New Jersey that benefit the state's economy, workforce and businesses.
To qualify, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:
• At least 15 employees working in New Jersey
• Be a for-profit, not-for-profit or government entity
• Be a publicly or privately held business
• A facility in New Jersey
• A minimum of 1 year in business
“It is an honor to be named one of the Best Places to Work in New Jersey for the fourth year in a row and, particularly inspiring this year, as we are the only New Jersey bank to earn the honor,” said Unity Bank President & CEO James A. Hughes. “The recognition is a testament to our employees because they are what makes Unity Bank a special place to work. Our employees are genuinely committed to providing customers with a personalized banking experience. Our bank management team in turn works to find new and innovative ways to recognize our employees for their dedication and to make the bank a special place to work.”
Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the 100 Best Places to Work in New Jersey. The overall registration and survey process were managed by Best Companies Group (BCG). BCG also analyzed the data provided and used their expertise to determine the final rankings.
The awards program, created in 2005, is produced by NJBIZ. The Best Places to Work in New Jersey awards reception and ceremony will be held on Tuesday, April 21st from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at iPlay America’s Event Center in Freehold.
During the awards ceremony, each company’s ranking will be revealed live on the big screen. Guests are invited to access the amusement park to enjoy rides, games and dessert when the program ends.
For more information on the Best Places to Work in New Jersey program or to reserve your seats to the event, please visit www.njbiz.com/events
Lakeland Bank and Hackensack Meridian Health Sponsor Opioid Education Program for Teens
Collaboration with the FBI-Newark Division, FBI Newark Citizens Academy Alumni Association, and bergenPAC uses music and experts to raise awareness of opioid addiction crisis
Lakeland Bank and Hackensack Meridian Health are sponsoring valuable opioid education for teenagers this school year in collaboration with the FBI-Newark Division, FBI Newark Citizens Academy Alumni Association, and bergenPAC. The program will be presented to New Jersey middle and high school students in an effort to combat the growing prescription drug and heroin abuse epidemic. It involves interactive presentations, musical performances, and a screening of the documentary Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict which was produced by the FBI and the DEA.
Hackensack University Medical Center has been on the forefront of combating the opioid epidemic. Michael A. Kelly, M.D., chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine and chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Hackensack University Medical Center, has led national discussions and lectured across the country about the need to minimize the use of opioids. Hackensack University Medical Center has been limiting the use of opioids by offering patients a personalized pain management program, replacing intravenous opioids with a multimodal approach, using several non-opioid agents before, during and after surgery.
This assembly program is built around the Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict documentary and has been presented to an estimated 1,500 students with the goal to reach as many students as possible throughout New Jersey. A unique aspect of the program is that it opens with an interactive rap performance by Derick Cross aka D. Cross who also paints a Chasing the Dragon banner for the schools to display. During the assembly, FBI and Hackensack University Medical Center representatives with first-hand knowledge of the epidemic share their insights about the crisis and provide information on how to prevent addiction.
The collaborative effort was established in 2018 after the idea for an educational program to address drug addiction awareness for the youth in the community was proposed by staff at bergenPAC. The goal was to use performing arts and interactive assemblies to deliver lessons on character-building and good decision-making. As community ambassadors for the FBI, members of the FBI Newark Citizens Academy Alumni Association were instrumental in bringing the FBI into the partnership.
Janis E. Dismus Middle, Englewood: Oct. 23
Dwight Morrow High School, Englewood: Oct. 30
Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Teaneck: Jan. 8
Washington Park School, Totowa: May 14
Carl W. Goetz Middle School, Jackson Township: Date TBA
McAuliffe Middle School, Jackson Township: Date TBA
Classical Academy Charter School of Clifton: Date TBA
Photo courtesy Lakeland Bank:
Sue Scimone-Bellini and DawnMarie Montgomery of Lakeland Bank presented a Community Impact Grant to bergenPAC for the 2019/2020 Chasing the Dragon: Raising Awareness of Opioid Addiction education program. bergenPAC associates Devin Cohan, Becky Serico, Dominic Roncace (l to r), Edie Peters Liguori (center) of the FBI Newark Citizens Academy Alumni Association and Alexander Diaz of bergenPAC (right) joined the presentation.
Photo courtesy Hackensack Meridian Health:
Dr. Michael Kelly, top right, and Derick Cross aka D. Cross get together with students after a presentation of Chasing the Dragon.
MagyarBank Charitable Foundation awards $23,950 to several Central New Jersey non-profit organizations
The MagyarBank Charitable Foundation recently awarded $23,950 in grants to nine non-profit organizations from the Central New Jersey region. The Foundation distributed these awards based on applications submitted by each organization and how their program addressed the Foundation’s objective of providing financial support to non-profits that focus on improving the quality of life for residents in Central Jersey. The Foundation provides grants to programs supporting education, affordable housing, youth programs and health and human services.
The following organizations received an award from the MagyarBank Charitable Foundation:
10 Hairy Legs, Highland Park, NJ - $1,500 awarded to expand an educational initiative within the New Brunswick school district.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties, Asbury Park, NJ - $1,000 awarded in support of Community Based & Workplace Mentoring programs.
Caritas Program at Holy Family Parish - New Brunswick, NJ - $2,000 awarded to help offset the costs of hosting a Farmer’s Market in New Brunswick, during June 2020, July 2020, and August 2020, and to provide vouchers for produce purchase.
Central Jersey Housing Resource Center - Raritan, NJ - $5,000 grant awarded to fund housing counseling.
Childhood Leukemia Foundation, Brick, NJ - $2,450 to support Wish Basket program at St, Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick.
New Brunswick Education Foundation, New Brunswick, NJ - $2,000 awarded to fund Teacher Grants for Excellence Program.
New Brunswick Health Science and Technology High School, New Brunswick, NJ - $5,000 awarded to provide two $2,5000 scholarships to Class of 2020 graduating Seniors.
State Theatre Regional Arts Center at New Brunswick, New Brunswick, NJ - $2,500 awarded to support the 2019-2020 Arts Education Programs
Town Clock CDC, New Brunswick, NJ - $2,500 awarded to support on-site therapeutic counseling services for residents
To apply for a grant, applicants are asked to visit www.magbank.com to download an application. Applications with supporting documentation should be sent to MagyarBank Charitable Foundation, c/o Magyar Bank, 400 Somerset St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901, and Attention Jay Castillo. For more information about the MagyarBank Charitable Foundation, call Frank Lankey at 732-342-7600, ext. 111 or visit www.magbank.com.
Magyar Bank President & CEO, John Fitzgerald (center, holding the check) is joined by representatives of the non-profit organizations that received grants from the MagyarBank Charitable Foundation.
Columbia Bank Volunteers
Complete Phoenix Center Project
Volunteer Efforts Helps Nutley Special Needs School
This volunteer crew of Columbia Bank employees recently painted hallways at the Phoenix Center, a Nutley-based school that provides educational and therapeutic services to children with disabilities from eight New Jersey Counties. All labor and materials was donated by Columbia Bank.
In addition to their volunteer efforts, the bank, through their Columbia Bank Foundation, has also issued grants that have funded the school’s outdoor basketball court; completely renovated of several life skills classrooms, and converted unused outdoor space into an interactive, learning garden and horticulture therapy workshop.
Team Columbia annually achieves nearly 100% employee participation in these types of community-sponsored events.
Family Promise of Gloucester County
Is the Latest Columbia Bank Foundation Grant Recipient
Grant Funds School Transportation Program
Family Promise of Gloucester County has received a $15,000 grant from the Columbia Bank Foundation to help fund their School Transportation Program. Family Promise provides homeless families an opportunity to achieve stability with shelter, food and case management resource support. With this grant, Family Promise can now provide direct transportation for their sheltered children, without having to pay for a local bus company to do so.
Pictured in a special check presentation are (from left) Robert Cleveland, Branch Manager of Columbia Bank’s West Deptford and Voorhees offices, Reverend Bob Fitzpatrick, Kristy Kazelskis, Treasurer of Family Promise and Dr. Tom Powers, who provides assistance through the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Magyar Bank Earns Fifth Consecutive “Outstanding” Rating From FDIC
Magyar Bank announced today that the bank has earned the FDIC’s coveted top rating – “Outstanding” – for its compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) for the fifth consecutive time. The CRA is a 1977 federal law intended to encourage insured banks to meet local credit needs, consistent with safe and sound operations. Over the years, this FDIC rating has also commonly been considered a benchmark for a bank’s level of care and concern for the communities it serves.
Unity Bank Donates $2,000 to Bound Brook Fire Victims Fund
Unity Bank has donated $2,000 to the Bound Brook School District to support victims of the massive downtown fire that impacted borough residents in early January. Pictured during the check presentation are (from left): Mark Gigallon, Unity Bank Middlesex Relationship Manager; Beth Fischer, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Bound Brook School District; and Julia Homann, Unity Bank Linden Relationship Manager. “It is our privilege to support the Bound Brook School District’s efforts to help the many families affected by the fire,” said Unity Bank President & CEO James A. Hughes. “It is inspiring to see the community come together to support those in need, particularly during these types of events. We hope our gift assists Bound Brook families during this difficult time.”
SB ONE BANK NAMES DAISY ORTIZ BERGER NEW VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS
SB One Bank has announced its new Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Daisy Ortiz Berger. Berger is responsible for the Bank’s overall marketing and communication strategy and supporting its growth in the region.
First National Bank of Elmer Hosts Delegation of Bankers from Japan!
The First National Bank of Elmer had the pleasure of hosting 24 community bank executives from Japan on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, prior to them visiting Philadelphia and New York City.
Brian W. Jones, President/CEO of The First National Bank of Elmer and his executive management team conducted a roundtable forum discussing all aspects of community banking and how such integrates into the current banking environment.
“It is always a pleasure to welcome our friends from Japan! Our discussions revolving around community banking are always quite interesting and informative”, Jones said.
Joining Jones from The First National Bank of Elmer were Robert Bender, SVP/Chief Lending Officer, Matthew Swift, SVP/Chief Financial Officer, and Joanna Penman, SVP/Chief Banking Officer.
Each bank that attended were members of the National Association of Shinkin Banks. This banking system is made up of cooperative regional financial institutions and serves small and medium sized businesses and residents. The Shinkin bank system was formed in the early 1950’s and currently has 257-member banks with over 7,300 locations across Japan with over $1.5 trillion of assets, in US dollars.
Lakeland Bank Awards $20,000 Grant to Housing Partnership
Lakeland Bank has awarded a Housing Impact Grant of $20,000 to the Housing Partnership in Dover, N.J. The goal of the Bank’s grant program is to address specific community-focused initiatives and invest in eligible high-performing non-profit organizations that make a strong and lasting impact on our communities.
“Our goal is to help those non-profit organizations whose primary mission is to provide housing related services to low and moderate income families within the Bank’s assessment areas,” said Ellen Lalwani, Chief Retail Officer, Lakeland Bank. “And the Housing Partnership plays a crucial role in providing a pathway for people in the community to purchase a home.”
Lakeland Bank has partnered with the Housing Partnership for many years providing funding as well as colleague volunteers to teach workshops and serve on the organization’s board of trustees. This grant will provide the funding that the Housing Partnership needs to continue its Individual Development Account (IDA) Matched Savings Program, a systematic matched savings club for income eligible households who are two or more years away from homeownership and are working on debt and credit issues. Visit the Housing Partnership website for more information.
“The Housing Partnership is honored to be selected to receive the grant for $20,000 to support our future home buyers who participate in the IDA program,” said Jessica Padilla Gonzalez, Executive Director, Housing Partnership NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center. “This funding is a key part to helping our working families in reaching their goals of homeownership!”
Lakeland Bank Awards $10,000 Grant to Oasis—A Haven for Women and Children
Lakeland Bank recently presented a $10,000 Community Impact Grant to Oasis--A Haven for Women and Children in Paterson, N.J. This is the second consecutive year the Bank provided a grant to fund the education and development programs at the nonprofit.
“Oasis plays a critical role in helping women and children in need obtain the skillsets required to move out of poverty,” said Ellen Lalwani, Chief Retail Officer, Lakeland Bank. “The Bank believes strongly in the Oasis mission and we are pleased to continue our support of the comprehensive education and development programs that this nonprofit provides in the Paterson community.”
“Lakeland Bank’s commitment to Oasis and to the women and children we work with serves as a model of corporate citizenry,” said Jennifer Brady, Executive Director, Oasis--A Haven for Women and Children. “Our mission to help women and children rise out of poverty and achieve self-sufficiency is buoyed by Lakeland’s support, and we are both proud and honored to call Lakeland Bank a partner.”
The mission of Oasis is to break the cycle of poverty through compassionate programs designed to feed, clothe, educate, and empower women and children in need. In addition to social service and youth development programs, Oasis provides educational opportunities to over 400 women annually. Students enroll in year-long courses in English as a second language as well as classes for GED preparation, computers, and workplace readiness. They also offer certificate programs such as the customer service certificate from the National Retail Federation, bank teller certificate through the American Banker Association, and the Servsafe® certificate from the National Restaurant Association. Visit oasisnj.org to learn more.
Amboy Bankers Volunteer at Eva’s Village
As Eva’s Village volunteers, Amboy Bank employees helped to prepare the Community Kitchen, serve lunch, and cleanup after meal service. The mission of Eva’s Village is to provide care and support for people who are struggling with poverty, hunger, homelessness and addiction. Their community of supportive services, based in Paterson, includes food, shelter, addiction and mental health treatment, childcare, job training, medical and dental care, and housing.
“Eva’s Village is truly making a difference in the society and in the lives of the people they serve. We believe in their mission to help everyone who comes to them for help with a comprehensive and individualized approach. They address both basic needs, like food and shelter, as well as more complex issues, such as mental health and homelessness. We commend their kindness and compassion, and we are proud to support their mission,” said Greg Scharpf, Amboy Bank President and CEO.
Pictured from left to right: Luc D’Andrea, Ellen Simons, Robin Granger, Cheryl Bonczek, Kay Warren, Marie Caliendo of Eva’s Village, Teresa Gilligan, Sylvia Rapoport, Jose Rodrigues, Eileen Roemer and Harry Deerfield.
NVE Bank Launches Thanksgiving Food Drive
NVE Bank has launched a bank-wide Thanksgiving food drive to benefit the families who rely upon the St. Cecilia Office of Concern Food Pantry. Staffed completely by volunteers, the Office of Concern Food Pantry located at 55 West Demarest Avenue in Englewood, supplies weekly groceries to over 900 families in Englewood and surrounding communities and is the largest single location food pantry in Bergen County. NVE is asking for donations of non-perishable food items such as canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, breakfast cereals, cranberry sauce and stuffing. Food donations will be accepted through Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at all NVE’s 11 branches located throughout Bergen County.
“As a Mutual Bank, NVE has deep roots within the towns we serve and is committed to ensuring that our communities remain healthy and strong”, commented Robert Rey, President and CEO of NVE Bank. “Through our Food Drive, we hope to make Thanksgiving a little brighter for our neighbors in need”.
Peapack-Gladstone Bank Recognized by CIANJ for Best Practices
Peapack-Gladstone Bank was recognized at the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) and COMMERCE Magazine 6th Annual Best Practices Conference. More than 150 business leaders from every industry sector, as well as representatives from the higher education community, participated in the event, which was designed to encourage CEO’s and other executives to share their best practices – innovative approaches to solving business challenges.
Two River Bancorp Selected for the Sandler O’Neill Sm-All Stars Class of 2019
Two River Bancorp (Nasdaq: TRCB) (the "Company"), the parent company of Two River Community Bank ("the Bank"), today announced that is has been selected for the Sandler O’Neill Sm-All Stars Class of 2019. Two River Bancorp is one of 30 publicly traded banks and thrifts in the country to be chosen as an Sm-All Star among 394 eligible depository institutions with market capitalization below $2.5 billion.
Unity Bank Selected for the Sandler O'Neill Sm-All Stars Class of 2019
For the second year in a row, Unity Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: UNTY), the parent company of Unity Bank, has been named to the Sandler O'Neill Sm-All Stars Class of 2019. Unity was one of only 30 publicly traded banks and thrifts – and one of only five banks headquartered in New Jersey – to be recognized.
Columbia Bank Foundation Supports Special Projects for Special Children Inc.
The Columbia Bank Foundation recently issued a $7,000 grant to Special Projects for Special Children Inc., based in Old Bridge. The grant, part of the Foundation’s current initiative to partner with local communities and Boards of Education within the Bank’s service area, will benefit the organization’s Camp ROBIN program, a camp that grants individuals with disabilities experiential and educational opportunities. The grant will fund a technology upgrade to the camp’s systems, including new computers, cabling, iPads, and infrastructure.
Columbia Bank Foundation Supports Old Bridge Education Foundation
The Columbia Bank Foundation recently issued a $13,000 grant to the Old Bridge Education Foundation. The grant, part of the Foundation’s current initiative to partner with local communities and Boards of Education within the Bank’s service area, will benefit the Silver Linings Senior Program, with upgraded software and scanning systems, as well as a vegetable garden that local senior citizens and high school students will work on together.
Columbia Bank Hosts 31st Annual Charity Golf Classic
Columbia Bank is pleased to announce that their Thirty-First Annual Charity Golf Classic at North Jersey Country Club in Wayne raised $100,000 for the benefit of Strengthen Our Sisters a local non-profit program serving homeless/battered women and children. Nearly 150 golfers took part in this annual charitable fund raiser.
Columbia Bank Foundation Grant Funds Renovation of A.D.O.P.T. Animal Shelter
Animal Dignity Organization of Pequannock Township has received a $60,000 grant from the Columbia Bank Foundation to renovate their animal shelter. The grant will provide much needed facility upgrades including a new ecofriendly HVAC system, office improvements and a new exercise yard with synthetic turf.
Columbia Bank Foundation Supports Medford Police Department
The Columbia Bank Foundation recently issued a $3,889 grant through the Medford Historical Society to the Medford Police Department. The grant, part of the Foundation’s current initiative to partner with local communities and Boards of Education within the Bank’s service area, was used to purchase a new metal detector that will provide added security for those attending the municipal court.
Riker Danzig Partner Joseph L. Schwartz Serving on Corporate Advisory Council of Homeless Solutions
Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP is pleased to announce that Partner Joseph L. Schwartz has agreed to serve on the Corporate Advisory Council of Homeless Solutions, effective September 3, 2019.
Homeless Solutions offers shelter, services and supportive housing to the homeless and working poor in Morris County through outreach services, a Safe Haven Program for the mentally ill homeless, and a Family Transitional Housing Program. The purpose of the Corporate Advisory Council is to increase the visibility of Homeless Solutions and its mission among the local corporate and business community, promoting opportunities for partnering and employee volunteer/team building experiences.
Schwartz is the Chair of Riker Danzig’s Bankruptcy Group and focuses his practice on commercial bankruptcy and state court insolvency matters, including corporate restructurings and reorganizations. In addition to his role on the Corporate Advisory Council of Homeless Solutions, Schwartz is the Director of Membership for the New Jersey Turnaround Management Association, and also serves on the Turnaround Management Association’s Global Membership Council, which addresses membership goals and strategies for TMA on a global basis. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and various other insolvency-related associations. In addition, Schwartz serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court District V-C Ethics Committee (western Essex County).
Riker Danzig and Grow It Green Team Up for a Volunteer Day at The Urban Farm
The Morristown-based law firm Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP teamed up with Grow it Green Morristown for a volunteer event at the Urban Farm on September 10, 2019. Riker Danzig employees were given the afternoon off to assist with preparations for the fall growing season. The Urban Farm is New Jersey’s largest public school garden, and is managed by a small staff, part-time interns and community volunteers.
Riker Danzig partner Jeffrey M. Beyer, an insurance litigator and Board Member of Grow it Green Morristown, coordinated the volunteer day at the Urban Farm in Morristown.
A group of 12 Riker Danzig volunteers comprised of attorneys, paralegals and administrative staff weeded and cleared garden beds and compost, weighed and bundled fresh radishes, harvested hops, and even fed the chickens, all under the direction of Grow It Green’s Director of Agriculture and Education, Shaun Ananko, and Assistant Farmer, Megan Phelan, otherwise known as “Farmer Shaun” and “Farmer Megan.”
Columbia Bank Foundation Supports West Deptford Police Department
September 16, 2019 The Columbia Bank Foundation recently issued a $21,088 grant through the 4 Heroes Charity Inc. to the West Deptford Police Department. The grant, part of the Foundation’s current initiative to partner with local communities and Boards of Education within the Bank’s service area, was used to purchase a new All-Terrain Vehicle and a new K-9 vest for the department’s newest K-9 addition. Currently, 90% of the K-9 unit’s budget is raised by officers themselves.