Township of Washington, NJ – July 19, 2010 – The OritaniBank Charitable Foundation has awarded a $20,000 grant to Several Sources Shelters in Ramsey to help educate their young mothers and assist in job training. Upon receiving this grant, eight single mothers have received assistance in scholarships, child car, housing and transportation. These mothers have also been mentored by the Several Sources Staff to help ensure their success upon graduation.
The OrtaniBank Charitable Foundation grant also help fund a computer based educational learning tool created by the Several Sources Shelters entitled “The Choice Game.” This game not only engages but it also teaches young people how to make healthy critical life choices. Topics such as drugs, alcohol and peer pressure are all covered in several culturally relevant versions. The Choice Game was developed by Several Sources Shelters because they believe that prevention works and teaching values to our teens means reaching out in ways that are meaningful to them. The game is used for educational purposes in both Bergen and Essex county schools and youth programs.
On June 29th, Kevin J. Lynch, President of the OritaniBank Charitable Foundation and Chairman, President and CEO of Oritani Bank was presented with a small plaque by Kathy DiFiore, Several Sources Founder, with deep appreciation.
“The OritaniBank Charitable Foundation is pleased to provide financial support to Several Sources Shelters,” said Mr. Lynch. “We share their commitment to meeting the immediate needs of young people in difficult circumstances while at the same time helping them to prepare for the future.”
Several Sources Shelters operates four shelters for pregnant young women and their children in Ramsey and Washington Township. A fifth daytime shelter complements the nighttime shelters in Newark. The organization provides a 24 hour national hotline to assist pregnant young women. A wide range of educational, support and job assistance services are also available. For more information, please visit www.severalsourcesfd.org.
The OritaniBank Charitable Foundation was established in 2007 to assist not-for-profit organizations that help to improve the quality of life for residents in Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic counties. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated $1.25 million dollars to local charitable organizations, primarily in support of education, health & human services, youth programs, and affordable housing.
Oritani Bank is a 99 year old community bank with over $2 billion in assets, based in the Township of Washington, New Jersey. Oritani Bank is a publicly held Mutual Holding Company trading on the NASDAQ with the trading symbol “ORIT.” Oritani Bank has 22 branches throughout Bergen, Hudson and Passaic Counties, and offers a full line of deposit and loan services to both retail and commercial customers. For more information, call 888-ORITANI, or visit their website, www.oritani.com.