NJBankers to be Honored at Habitat for Humanity Event on April 21
Bankers Build – The Industry-Wide Commitment Continues
In 2012, Superstorm Sandy impacted the coastal communities in New Jersey, destroying homes and displacing residents. In addition, Northern New Jersey was affected as the storm tore through low-lying cities.
Three years ago NJBankers and our members made a five-year commitment to Habitat for Humanity to help restore the shore and other communities affected by the storm.
This year, NJBankers and our members continued our partnership with Coastal Habitat for Humanity, which is poised for the long-term recovery and plans to assist more than 100 families annually. NJ Bankers committed to a 20-day summer build program, which was even more successful than our plans. In total, bankers worked 28 days and provided nearly 2,800 volunteer hours and thousands of dollars in donations.
More broadly, NJBankers' commitment to Habitat has been a great success, with more than 35 banks and more than 500 bank volunteers from all over New Jersey providing 58 days of construction. We also were able to raise $55,000 as a direct donation to Habitat, as well as several individual contributions. One banker even purchased all the appliances for a house owned by a senior citizen.
The work continues today. NJBankers is continuing its association with Coastal Habitat for Humanity and has begun a new partnership with Bergen Habitat for Humanity, as several Bergen County towns were hit hard by the storm, as well. This year, 98 volunteers spent 784 hours rebuilding a home in Little Ferry. Participating banks raised $13,000 toward the effort.
So the association and our members are helping to rebuild homes at the Shore as well as in the northern part of New Jersey. Responding to the needs of the communities served by members is just another part of the industry’s commitment to our great Garden State.
As part of the NJBankers Build Initiative, Amboy Bank employees helped restore a Lake Como home that was damaged by Hurricane Sandy
and is being rebuilt by Coastal Habitat for Humanity.
Amboy employees from left to right: Gregory Scharpf, Sylvia Rapoport, Gloria Dumm, Dennis Kane, Stanley Koreyva and Annelie Kulcsar.
Amboy Employees spent the day at the home installing hard wood flooring.
A team of volunteers from Mariner’s Bank spent the day volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County (Habitat Bergen)
in Little Ferry and Moonachie as part of NJBankers Bankers Build program
Harmony Bank employees participated in the Coastal Build to help families get back into their homes
NJBankers staff joins in the Bankers Build initiative.
Left to right, Habitat Coordinator Mike Stimson; Jim Meredith, Erin Suckiel, John McWeeney, Jr. and Lauren Barraza volunteered with the Bergen County Habitat for Humanity.
That day all traded in their suits for work boots and tremendous progress was made!