Companies That Care: Supporting Children in Our Communities
February 29th, 2016
The UnitedHealthcare Health Bee competition has been an integral part of the Westfield YMCA’s 7th Grade Initiative, which helps pre-teens develop healthy habits. Students gather to learns about fitness, nutrition and self-esteem throughout the year and have their knowledge tested at the annual UnitedHealthcare Health Bee.
XCEL Federal Credit Union:
For seven years running, XCEL Federal Credit Union has helped bring thousands of toys to children during the holiday season. A tradition started by Tom Quigley, Director of Marketing, XCEL Federal Credit Union partners with the Marines by participating in its Toys For Tots campaign. With XCEL FCU as its premier sponsor, the program has grown and now runs thirteen trains throughout New Jersey to pick up donated gifts for the cause.
Spencer Savings Bank:
In a mission to educate youth, Spencer Savings Bank partnered with EverFi Inc. to bring the New Jersey Financial Scholars Program to local elementary and high schools. The program is in the form of a 6-8 hour course and is designed to give students the knowledge needed to make smart financial decisions. At the program’s end, Spencer Savings Bank employees return to the classrooms to congratulate students and to provide them with certificates of achievement.
What began in 2006 as a text book drive to help the devastated Southern University Library in Baton Rouge, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina has become an ongoing initiative at Ramapo College. The program, titled Ramapo Readers, has shifted focus to help local organizations and public schools. Since its start, the student driven initiative has resulted in the collection and distribution of approximately 114,000 books of all genres and appropriate for all age groups.
Nearing twelve years ago, PNC Bank launched its multi-year, multi-million dollar bilingual initiative, PNC Grow Up Great. With a goal of preparing children from birth to age five for success in school, PNC Bank has provided millions of dollars in funding, thousands of employee volunteer hours, and most recently launched “Trenton Makes – Words!”; a two year, one million dollar vocabulary building program for young children and their families in the state’s capitol.
Seeking to improve the lives of the Indian Community, NPZ Law Group, P.C., along with other benefactors, made financial contributions to help build a brand new medical clinic in Mumbai, India. Opened in August, 2015, the medical clinic provides medical services to a community of 120,000 people including thousands of children and hundreds of prenatal/postnatal women. The clinic was named “The Shravan Health Center” in memory of Shravan Sharma, an 11-year-old boy who died due to lack of accessible healthcare.
McCarter & English:
While McCarter & English performs significant pro bono work for its communities, the firm makes its greatest impact representing children entering the U.S. without guardians to escape violence or sexual abuse in their homelands. Alongside Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), McCarter works to help children obtain legal status that would allow them to stay permanently. Attorneys at McCarter have dedicated over 2,400 aggregate hours to a dozen cases so far, and are proud to be contributing to the lives of future American Citizens.
In order to help develop the diverse talent pool needed for tomorrow’s workforce, KPMG puts focus on supporting education from early childhood through post-graduate level. Working alongside Junior Achievement USA (JA), KPMG volunteers serve hundreds of hours annually by participating in JA programs including JA Finance Park and Biz Town. Recently, KPMG professionals helped redevelop the JA Finance Park Program, which provides middle and high school students with lessons in personal finance.
In communities across New Jersey and the U.S., thousands of children lack regular access to books. Konica Minolta does its part to combat this nationally through its Books2BETTER Program. As part of the initiative, employees across the country organize book drives to benefit underserved students by helping put books in the homes of families that cant afford them. Additionally, Konica Minolta’s Ramsey, New Jersey office works with Bergen County Volunteer Center to pack books into backpacks and deliver them to local schools.
Partnering with The Salvation Army, each holiday season Jackson Lewis participates in the Angel Tree program. The program, which partners needy families with companies and associations throughout America, provides “angel tags” detailing the name, age and gender of a child in need. In the last five years, the Jackson Lewis Morristown office has provided toys, clothes and basic goods to over 150 children.
Holy Name Medical Center:
For the past sixteen years, Holy Name Medical Center (HNMC) has provided one-on-one vocational training opportunities for high school students from Teaneck’s SINAI schools for Jewish children with physical and developmental challenges. In 2015, the medical center began offering additional support to the school including a HNMC scholarship program for tuition assistance and simplified access to healthcare for SINAI graduates living in supportive housing; to name a few. Partnering with the SINAI community is in keeping with Holy Name’s mission: “Those of us who have been blessed are responsible to those less fortunate.”
Through the umbrella of Smarter Life, Better Planet, Haier has brought together all of the company’s community focused initiatives related to corporate social responsibility and sustainability. In 2015, working closely with the Boys & Girls Club of Paterson & Passaic, Haier America donated four 55” televisions to improve an afterschool area, joined the Stuff the Bus for Back-to-School event in which staff filled forty backpacks with school supplies, and donated appliances for silent auctions.
HackensackUMC has teamed up with the New York Giants to help Tackle Kids Cancer. Every dollar raised through the Tackle Kids Cancer Program will be dedicated to advancing research and providing children with access to the highest level of care. The Giant’s MVP quarter back Eli Manning has even donated his time to the program, holding a special event in Manhattan that raised more than $230,000 for the cause.
Greater Bergen Community Action:
For twelve years, Greater Bergen Community Action’s Marianne Bente has been doing her part to provide children in low-income families with merrier holidays. Bente, along with several GBCA staff, have volunteered time, working with business and individuals to provide gifts for children in Bergen County during the December Holidays. The program, Operation Holiday, collected more than 1000 gifts and donated approximately $10,000 worth of holiday cheer to children in more than 500 Bergen County families.
Garden Savings Federal Credit Union:
Supporting three different charities, Garden Savings Federal Credit Union worked to raise $24,000 in 2015. Its annual golf outing in July raised $7,000 for the Youth Education and Employment Success center of Newark and an additional $7,000 for the Children’s Specialized Hospital of New Brunswick. The credit union also supports the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern NJ by hosting several clothing drives throughout the year and participating in the annual Walk for Kids Sake.
EisnerAmper’s “EisnerAmper Cares” initiative is all about serving those in need by giving time, using skills and working alongside charitable organizations. The Salvation Army’s “Angel Tree” program is just one way EisnerAmper gives back to the less fortunate boys and girls in the local community. Over the last few years, the firm has provided for over 100 children during the holiday season with gifts including bicycles, iPods and American Girl Dolls. EisnerAmper also works with K. Hovnanian’s Children’s Hospital, in which employees help make children’s stay a little more pleasant by decorating the children’s ward for the holidays and bringing goodie bags.
For over 10 years, Cole Schotz has worked with the Holley Child Care and Development Center, a youth consultation service that provides a residential facility for children who are unable to live at home due to their needs or the needs of their family. Cole Schotz provides monetary support and hosts events annually with the goal of bringing joy and personal developmental opportunities into their lives. Most recently, employee volunteers helped put on a Halloween party with activities including pumpkin decorating, mummy wrapping, and more.
Supporting programs that inspire students in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects, PSEG Science SPARK Partners funds organizations that provide hands-on STEM learning experiences for youth during out-of-school time. PSEG also provides scholarship funding and identifies real-world works experiences that prepare students for their careers after college through internships and mentoring programs.
Suez water Toms River employee volunteers and the local facility for Children’s Specialized Hospital have partnered in designing and decorating Halloween parade floats for the past six years. The parade, said to be the second largest Halloween parade in the world, is hosted annually by the Toms River Volunteer fire department #1 and attracts about 100,000 spectators. The 2015 float was a boxing ring symbolizing the Children’s Specialized Hospital’s #FightFace program, helping the children win their fight to get better.
Through its participation in the Bring Dinner Home event, the MarketSmith team fed nearly 1,000 people Thanksgiving dinner while raising over $30,000 to support families of Camden Street School in Newark. The event also brought in over 750 coats, 800 packages of diapers, 2,000 books and hundreds of grocery store gift cards. Bring Dinner Home was conceived by MarketSmith Inc. CEO Monica C. Smith, who recognized the connection between hunger and literacy.
College of Saint Elizabeth:
The College of Saint Elizabeth integrates service and social responsibility directly into its mission and even its curriculum. One of the college’s senior Honors classes, in addition to their academic studies, chose to volunteer at The AIDS Resource Foundation for Children. The students collected school supplies, made Halloween costumes, volunteered at the after-school party, and ran a holiday toy drive for the foundation. Not only did the College of Saint Elizabeth seniors learn valuable skills, but discovered the joy of selflessness.
A few Oritani Bank employees decided to respond to an email from Youth Consultation Service (YCS) that announced its need for new teddy bears to be distributed to children as they enter the YCS programs from difficult home situations. This need for teddy bears, a universal form of childhood comfort, resonated with the co-workers at Oritani Bank and a call went out for donations. By the end of May, more than 400 bears of all sizes and colors had been donated – ready for distribution to the children at YCS, bringing many children comfort in their time of need.
At SaxBST, the commitment to giving back is at the heart of its core values throughout the entire calendar – and fiscal – year. Aside from supporting several recurring philanthropic projects and volunteering time to non-profits, SaxBST participates in the Annual 4 Miler at Garret Mountain in Woodland Park. SaxBST absorbs all costs associated with the road race, which has emerged as one of North Jersey’s most challenging and scenic fall classics. Benefiting St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, the Fourth Annual 4 Miler attracted over 350 runners, walkers, sponsors and volunteers to raise $66,000 for the hospital’s Child Life Department. Total funds raised from the race on behalf of the Paterson-based children’s hospital exceeded $230,000.