Township of Washington, N.J. (December 4, 2017) – The OritaniBank Charitable Foundation recently granted $25,000 to the Volunteer Center of Bergen County, an organization based in Hackensack. Its mission is to strengthen the community by connecting people through service and developing civic leaders.
The grant will benefit the expansion of the Mentoring Youth Program, which was implemented to educate children from abused or neglected homes through individualized learning. The grant will directly help with recruitment and training of 45 new mentors, provide career or college preparedness for teens, award ten middle school or high school students with $350 scholarships and implement two enrichment activities for all students.
“The Volunteer Center of Bergen County’s continuous efforts to educate and care for children in our community is inspiring,” said Kevin J. Lynch, President of the OritaniBank Charitable Foundation and Chairman, President and CEO of Oritani Bank. “We are proud to support the Mentoring Youth Program that provides much-needed companionship and education between mentors and students. It gives students the courage to reach their highest potential.”
“The Oritani Charitable Foundation has been instrumental in helping us expand our youth engagement work. We now have Teen LEADS operating in 3 high schools and College LEADS at Bergen Community College. Our database of volunteer opportunities is highly utilized by high school students seeking community service experiences,” said Lynne Algrant, Chief Executive Officer of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County. “As a supporter of our Youth Engagement services, Oritani Charitable Foundation is helping to build a locally knowledgeable, service minded group of civic leaders.”
In 2016, over 80 active mentoring matches were supervised, over 25 children received new mentors, and over 3,800 children have been mentored since the program began in 1978. 70% of children in Mentoring Youth have been referred by the Department of Child Protection & Permanency (Formerly DYFAS).
About The Volunteer Center of Bergen County:
The Volunteer Center of Bergen County strengthens the community by connecting people through service and developing civic leaders. The program is based off of the combination of values including people, diversity, collaboration, and excellence. The Mentoring Youth Program trains and supervises adult volunteers to serve as mentors to abused, neglected, and isolated youth. Mentors serve as role models to youth up to age 18 who need guidance and the support of a friend. Mentoring Youth also provides an array of programs and activities throughout the year that enhances the mentoring relationship.
About OritaniBank Charitable Foundation:
Oritani Bank established the OritaniBank Charitable Foundation in 2007 to assist not-for-profit organizations that help to improve the quality of life for area residents, especially those members of its communities most in need. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated more than $8 million to local charitable organizations, primarily in support of education, health and human services, youth programs and affordable housing.
About Oritani Bank:
Oritani Bank is a 106-year-old community bank with more than $4.0 billion in assets, based in the Township of Washington, New Jersey. The Bank has 26 branches throughout Bergen, Hudson, Passaic & Essex Counties. Oritani Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Oritani Financial Corp., a publicly held company trading on the NASDAQ with the trading symbol “ORIT.” Oritani Bank offers a full line of deposit and loan services to both retail and commercial customers. For more information, call 888-ORITANI, or visit its website, www.oritani.com.