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Member News — Columbia Bank Foundation Grant Supports South Plainfield Rescue Squad
December 18th, 2018

South Plainfield Emergency Medical Services  has received a $27,022 grant from the Columbia Bank Foundation to purchase new portable radios, and install new security cameras. Founded in 1944, the squad provides emergency services and transport to the residents of South Plainfield and surrounding communities.

“We are proud to assist the South Plainfield Rescue Squad,” said Thomas J. Kemly President and CEO of Columbia Bank. “The health and safety of the communities we serve is a top priority for our support efforts.”

Shown at a special check presentation are (from left) Shannon Jefferys, Branch Manager of the South Plainfield Branch, Holly Laferrera of the South Plainfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, and Amy Dupuis, Executive Director of the Columbia Bank Foundation.

As one of the largest private foundations in New Jersey, the Columbia Bank Foundation was created to serve the needs of local communities, and provide 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 seven 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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