Bankers giving back: $30K being donated to Eva’s Village

The New Jersey Bankers Association announced at its recent Women in Banking Conference that it will contributed up to $30,000 to Eva’s Village, a nonprofit in Paterson whose mission is to provide providing care and support for people who are struggling with poverty, hunger, homelessness and addiction.

At the event, the NJ Bankers Association announced it was making a $5,000 contribution. In addition, conference attendees donated essential items needed by Eva’s residents, including personal hygiene products, diapers, gift cards and even teddy bears.

In addition, a community service initiative spearheaded by Erin Suckiel, NJBankers project coordinator, will see NJBankers staff and member banks volunteer at Eva’s Village for a total of 25 days. The program runs from May through December.

Each bank participating in the program will contribute $1,000 for each day served, which would result in an additional contribution of $25,000 to Eva’s Village.

The volunteers will serve lunches to the community and support the Workforce Development Program by hosting mock job fairs. To date, NJBankers already has volunteers committed to 14 dates.

Marie Caliendo, manager of corporate and foundation relations for Eva’s Village, spoke to the conference attendees about the programs available to those in need.