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Member News -- Columbia Bank Foundation Grant Help..

The Columbia Bank Foundation recently provided a $10,000 grant to the Little Sisters of the Poor located in Totowa, New Jersey. The grant was used to upgrade technology infrastructure for both the staff and the residents of the home. The upgrade will provide two wireless networks, one to enable staff members to communicate more efficiently and confidentially while performing their daily duties throughout the home. The other will give residents wireless access to communicate with loved ones in their rooms and common areas.

Shown in a special check presentation are Michael Massood Jr. (left), a member of the Board of Directors of Columbia Bank and a former board member of the Columbia Bank Foundation, Sister Mary Thomas President and CEO, Mother Superior of The Little Sisters of the Poor, and Amy Dupuis, Executive Director of the Columbia Bank Foundation.

“We are happy to assist The Little Sisters of the Poor with their project to improve communication for both their staff and residents,” said Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank. “Team Columbia remains committed to helping local charities and their missions to make a difference.”

The Little Sisters have served in New Jersey since 1878. St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly was opened in 1976 for the exclusive care of the aged poor. The Home depends upon benefactors like the Columbia Bank Foundation to meet operating expenses and handle special projects.

Created to serve the needs of local communities, the Columbia Bank Foundation provides grants and contributions to organizations recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Columbia Bank Foundation actively seeks to provide support in six major areas: affordable housing programs, community investment and economic development opportunities, financial literacy and educational opportunities, health and human services, community sponsored events, food pantries, and the arts. Special consideration is always given to programs that provide a measurable community impact.

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