We don't only work in our local communities, we live and raise families here too! As true community bankers, we have a vested interest in supporting our communities. Whether we are sponsoring educational seminars, providing community services, volunteering for local events, or donating to a local organization, we always have the best interest of our local residents and businesses in mind. Take a look at some of the reasons why our local communities look to us for solutions.
Fall Shred Day - October 18th 2014 - Our fall shredding event was held in our Fair Lawn and Rochelle Park Branches. This time we shredded over 9,200 pounds of paper! With each event we try to encourage the use of e-statements and online banking to help prevent identity theft and reduce the amount of paper needed to be shredded each year.
Habitat for Humanity Build Day - June 25, 2014 - Community Bank sent six employees to Neptune, NJ to help rebuild a home that was washed away during Hurricane Sandy. When the group arrived on site each one was shocked to see that there was nothing at the site but pilings in the ground and the flooring to the first level. No walls, no windows, no stairs and no roof. Under the guidance of the one person sent from Habitat, the bank employees quickly learned how to use power tools and work as a team outside the office to help rebuild this families life. By the end of the day they were very proud to see that they were able to complete an entire second level of the home. As they drove away each employee felt enlightened by what they had achieved.
Community Garden - June 20, 2014 - This is our fourth year that we teamed up with the Business Volunteer Center and the Lodi/Hackensack Boys & Girls Club to plant the community garden located on Neumann Street in Hackensack. Five of our employees worked in teams with the kids and advisors from the club to plant the garden. This year we planted Beefsteak and Cherry tomatoes, peppers, romaine lettuce, zucchini and string beans in the main planting area. Strawberries, marigolds and cantaloupe were planted in the second area. To give it a new twist we planted herbs in the third planter box. The kids chose parsley, dill, cilantro and thyme to grow in the garden. While the Bank gets the club started with the garden and checks in from time to time, it is the duty of the club members to maintain the garden. When it comes time for harvesting the vegetables since the club's garden is located on the grounds of an apartment complex, the vegetables are offered to all the local residents to enjoy. The project teaches the children from the club about farming in a rural area and the benefits of eating nutritious vegetables in place of sugary snacks.
Shred Day - May 3,2014 - May 3rd was a popular shredding day! Community Bank of Bergen County NJ held another successful shredding event for the local residents. Between their Maywood and Fair Lawn Branches approximately 9,700 pounds of paper was shredded. This event has become very popular with both customers and local residents and CBBC is glad to be able to provide the service. CBBC feels it is important for everyone to be aware of identity theft and how they can take steps to protect themselves from becoming a victim.
Our next shredding event will be held in the fall of 2014** (September - October *** Rochelle Park Branch )
Community Bank Volunteers for Read Across America - March 6th, 2014, The threat of another pending snowstorm cancelled the original reading date of Read Across America but that didn't stop the employees from showing up at the Hackensack YWCA to read to all the children celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday. They just showed up another day! A carful of employees went out on a biter cold morning to participate in reading to kids for Read Across America again this year. The program encourages them to learn to read and to help the illiteracy problem in America. Community Bank also gave each child a new book to take home with them.
Project Homeless - January 2014
Community Bank is proud to be able to once again sponsor and participate in 2014's Project Homeless Connect.
**Summer Food Drive 2013**
Community Bank is holding their 3rd annual food drive in August 2013. Please help make a difference. Bring in non-perishable food item to one of our branches and place in the collection boxes located in the lobby. All donations will be distributed to our local food pantries that are in dire need of donations. The shelves normally are quite empty in the summer months and at times they have to turn those in need away. Items needed : Canned Vegetables, Macaroni and Cheese, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Canned Fruit, Paper Products, Personal Care Products, Rice, Pasta & Tomato Sauce, Canned Meat or Tuna, and Cereal.
Community Garden 2013
The warmer weather has arrived and Community Bank of Bergen County, NJ teamed up with the Lodi/Hackensack Boys and Girls Club to replant the Community Garden located on the grounds of the Hackensack Housing Authority. This will be the third year in which Community Bank has sponsored the garden for the club. The program was originally initiated by the New Jersey Bergen Business Volunteer Center located in Hackensack. The bank sent their team of employees to work with the clubs enthusiastic staff and the children of the afterschool program. Everyone enjoyed working together turning the soil and pulling out the weeds, getting the beds ready to plant a variety of vegetables. The children learned about the important role the earth worms play in enriching the soil to help the garden grow while some of the adults backed away from the slippery critters. After planting and then watering the girls and boys went inside to enjoy their afternoon snack while discussing the ways they would continue to help the garden succeed.
Check back to our site as we will post updates about the garden. We all are anticipating a bountiful harvest.
March 3, 2013- For the third consecutive year, Community Bank volunteers gathered at the YMCA on Main Street in Hackensack to participate in Read Across America Day. The event, which took place Monday, March 3, 2013 coincided with the birthday of Dr. Seuss and inspires participants to share their love of reading with children.
On January 30, 2013 Community Bank participated in “Project Homeless Connect” by sponsoring and serving breakfast to 200 homeless clients of the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center in Hackensack. The project is held annually in January and allows those who are homeless to receive attention to health matters they have. There are many companies helping on this date to give out warm coats, scarves, toiletries and more. The homeless are given medical attention and flu shots while enjoying a plentiful hot breakfast of eggs, bacon, waffles and more, all served by CBBC employees.
Please join us each year at the parking lot of Community Bank’s Maywood Office on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Community Bank of Bergen County is host to the town’s annual tree lighting and the arrival of Santa Claus. Each year Santa arrives on a fire truck and is then escorted to be seated in our lot located at 125 West Pleasant Avenue in Maywood. While Santa greets all the children who come out to visit with him, there are Carolers singing and Charlie Browns Christmas is playing on the huge movie screen set up for all to see while enjoying the hot cocoa and cookies that are given away.
A planned holiday event happens every Friday night with hot cocoa and cookies for all throughout the holiday season.
Read Across America
Community Bank of Bergen County employees volunteer to read to the children at the Hackensack / Lodi Boys and Girls Clubs in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday in early March. The past several years volunteers from the bank have enjoyed going to the sites and reading books to the girls and boys. The volunteers sit in on the classes and have the children choose a book hear read to them. Many of the volunteers get tongue tied as they try to read Seuss’s stories to them. Each year they receive a few more volunteers than they did the year before. The program keeps growing in popularity from year to year as the readers enjoy watching the faces of the children listening and then asking questions when the story is over.
Community Bank is also a sponsor of the BVC’s Books in a Bag program. The program collects new books for young school age children in low income areas and distributes them to the kids to help encourage them to read.
Community Bank of Bergen Count, NJ Supports Annual PBA Toy Drive
CBBC among other local businesses and Bergen County police stations were involved in the collection of new, unwrapped toys as part of the Annual PBA Toy Drive. The toys collected in 2012 were to help benefit military families, Sanzari Children’s Hospital, victims of Hurricane Sandy, Tomorrow’s Children and Wounded Warrior Project. In addition to the toys collected, supplies and non-perishable goods were also received for distribution to Hurricane Sandy victims.
Summer Food Drive 2012
Community Bank of Bergen County held their second Summer Food Drive during the month of August 2012. We are pleased to state that our customers and local residents were very generous during this years food drive. The donations received were delivered to local pantries by several employees of the bank. One of the pantries to receive donations was the Helping Hands Ministry in Rochelle Park. The food given to them helped to refill the shelves in the pantry. We were told at this time that the pantry had run seriously low just weeks prior and the bank’s food drive would help them to continue to remain open without turning away anyone in need.
Summer Food Drive 2011
Community Bank of Bergen County collected non-perishable food items at each of its branches during the months of July and August. The food went to local pantries located in several communities in the bank’s market area.
“While pantries are often full during holiday seasons, they suffer a great deal during the summer months” says Peter Michelotti, the bank’s President and CEO. “We are pleased to provide locations where people can come and donate a can or two when they conduct their banking business.” Employees located at the bank’s Operation Center in Rochelle Park will also be participating in the drive.
Some examples of requested items include canned vegetables, canned fruit, pasta, tomato sauce, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, canned tuna, and cereal. Food donations can be dropped off at any of the bank’s branches in Rochelle Park, Maywood, Garfield and Fair Lawn.
After Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey many of the local towns were affected with damages and extended power outages. Community Bank set out the food collections boxes again to help keep the supplies in the local pantries at full capacity.
Community Bank Shred Day - May 2011
On May 7th, Community Bank of Bergen County provided an opportunity to shred confidential paperwork that they no longer need to retain. This was a free service, and the event was very well received by local residents. People who came were able to watch their paper be lifted into a shredding truck, and then continue to watch through a built-in closed circuit television as their papers were shred into confetti size scraps. The shredded paper is then recycled to be used in other products.
Community Food Garden
May 2011 and May 2012
Community Bank of Bergen County NJ is proud of its sponsorship of a Community Food Garden located in Hackensack. This is one of many installed throughout Bergen County by the Northern New Jersey Business Volunteer Council (BVC) to help address childhood hunger by expanding access to fresh produce and promoting healthy eating. The garden is located on the property of the Hackensack Housing Authority, alongside low-income housing.
CBBC employees and executives were on hand to participate in planting the garden. They were also involved in the maintenance throughout the growing season. The garden was largely maintained, however by the Boy and Girls Club of Hackensack/Lodi which shares the same location.
We are very excited to be a part of one of the first BVC Community Garden Projects. Fresh produce is oftentimes expensive and not easily accessible to the low income community, so being able to cultivate a garden in their backyard will make a significant difference in their lives as well as help to promote healthy eating, overall. The fact that CBBC is involved in not only the sponsorship of the garden but the actual planting makes the effort all the more rewarding for us. CBBC looks forward to planting the garden for the third time in the spring of 2013.