The WSFS CARES Foundation, the charitable giving arm of WSFS Bank, recently announced it issued grants and donations totaling more than $2.4 million to community organizations located across New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania in 2022.
Community investments, affordable housing, revitalization and business economic empowerment, education and leadership development, and strengthening those in need are the key pillars of the WSFS CARES Foundation.
In addition to the grants, Team WSFS, the WSFS corporate volunteer program, saw its associates volunteer more than 17,000 hours in 2022, including community service and providing financial literacy lessons.
“Our strategy of ‘engaged associates, living our culture, enriching the communities we serve’ is rooted in our history as a leader in our communities for nearly 200 years,” Patrick Ward, executive vice president, Pennsylvania market president, at WSFS Bank and chairman of the WSFS CARES Foundation, said.
In New Jersey, the Food Bank of South Jersey received a grant to support its efforts to provide food to people in need, teach them to eat nutritiously and help them to find sustainable ways to improve their lives.
“We are grateful for the WSFS CARES Foundation’s support of our work to end hunger in our region. In 2022, the Food Bank of South Jersey distributed more than 18 million pounds of much-needed food resources to our neighbors,” Lavinia Awosanya, chief development officer, Food Bank of South Jersey, said. “During a particularly tough year — with the highest inflation in 40 years and prices for everyday items like we’ve rarely seen before — partners like the WSFS CARES Foundation helped us deliver hope to more than 100,000 individuals each month.”