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Member News -- Columbia Bank Foundation Grant Supp..

Columbia Bank, through their Columbia Bank Foundation, has presented a $30,000 grant to Eva’s Village in Paterson.  The community grant was used to purchase a much-needed commercial grade, walk-in refrigerator/freezer that will greatly increase their community kitchen’s food storage capability.

“We are extremely pleased to support Eva’s Village and their charitable mission to feed the poor and homeless of the greater Paterson area and help others to start a new career,” said Thomas Kemly, Columbia Bank’s President and CEO.  “As a true community bank, Team Columbia remains committed to helping local charities make a difference in people’s lives.”

Shown participating in a special presentation are (from left) Thomas Kemly, Columbia Bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer, and Mark Schmit, Chief Executive Officer at Eva’s Village.

Columbia is a regular supporter of Eva’s Village, sending their Team Columbia volunteers to help serve hot meals at their dining facility.  Columbia Bank Foundation grants have also funded the purchase of new tables and chairs for the Eva’s Village dining facilities and a transport van and commercial food preparation equipment for their Culinary School.

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 four major areas: affordable housing programs, community investment and economic development opportunities, financial literacy and educational opportunities, and health and human services.  Special consideration is always given to programs that provide a measurable community impact.

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