Columbia Bank helps WO organizations through ‘Banking for a Cause’

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At a special check presentation are, from left, Libby Bajgerova, Columbia Bank’s market manager in charge of their Central North region; John Peterson, youth program supervisor for Boys & Girls Club of West Orange; and Angela Mattina, branch manager of the bank’s new West Orange office.

WEST ORANGE, NJ — As part of its “Banking for a Cause” grand opening promotion at the newly-opened West Orange branch, Columbia Bank was able to support five local organizations. The special program allows bank customers to choose an organization, to which the bank will donate $10 per account opened and add bonuses for the top three winners.

The Boys and Girls Club of West Orange received the most votes and received a check in the amount of $2,660. Turtle Back Zoo received $1,130, while the West Orange Education Foundation & Scholarship Fund received $600. The West Orange Public Library and the South Mountain Conservancy each received a $250 check.

“At Columbia Bank, giving back to our local communities is an important part of how we do business,” Columbia Bank President and CEO Thomas J. Kemly said. “We are proud to support these organizations and their outstanding community efforts.”

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

For more information regarding the Columbia Bank Foundation and grant eligibility requirements, visit