Companies That Care: Support in Time of Crisis
February 29th, 2016
During storm events and throughout the year, Jersey Central Power & Light does its part to combat hunger. JCP&L supports Harvest for Hunger, which helps feed those in need throughout the state. In 2015, employees donated 2,431 pounds of food and 147,591 meals to food banks including, Interfaith Food Pantry, Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, and the NORWESAP food pantry.
After the passing of a 51-year old firm employee who started in the mail room and became a highly respected firm partner, Gibbons P.C. established the “H. John Schank, II Memorial Trust Fund”. The trust fund, in its entirety, was created to serve the educational needs of John’s two daughters. For five years the Gibbons P.C. law firm family contributed to the trust in various ways, including several “Jeans Day for Charity” days, collected admission fees from the firm’s annual “End of Summer Barbecue, and proceeds from the sale of firm-branded items or high-end donated items. In 2015, Gibbons P.C. was able to close the fund after raising enough for both girls’ college educations.
WithumSmith+Brown established its “Staff Hardship Relief Fund” following the devastation brought by Hurricane Sandy with the purpose of assisting the firm’s staff and their families. Withum staff who are experiencing temporary hardship due to significant life event are granted access to the fund to help ease financial struggle. Since its inception staff members have donated over $367,550, which includes firm-matched dollars. The relief fund has already proven viable, as $137,013 has since been allocated to nine employees struggling with financial burden.
North Jersey Federal Credit Union:
When much of the area around Passaic River was flooded during Hurricane Irene, North Jersey Federal Credit Union (NJFCU) was out aiding the community. Roads were blocked, electricity was turned off in many areas, and none of the ATMS worked in downtown Newark or Paterson. With residents having few options, North Jersey Federal Credit Union hit the road with its mobile branch, the “Green Machine”. NJFCU provided residents of both cities with access to money, giving them the cash needed to pay for necessities.
Englewood Hospital Medical Center:
Local humanitarian and community leader Steven Epstein initiated a highly coordinated effort that brought together Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (EHMC), Bergen County businesses, HERO Client Rescue services, and the U.S. Air Force Reserve after the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010. To help a struggling nation in need of medical supplies and better emergency care services, Englewood Hospital supplied an ambulance unit which was transported by the 514th Mobility Wing to Haiti’s capital city. The ambulance quickly earned the nickname “Victory”, following its first mission transporting a woman who fell into an empty pool.
During times of crisis, PSEG employees rally together. The PSEG Employee Crisis Fund provides short term emergency support to employees that are experiencing financial hardship from a sudden event beyond their control. Employees raise money throughout the year with auctions and other activities to contribute to the emergency fund. This year’s art auction raised almost $7,000 for the fund.