Family Promise of Gloucester County has received a $15,000 grant from the Columbia Bank Foundation to help fund their School Transportation Program. Family Promise provides homeless families an opportunity to achieve stability with shelter, food and case management resource support. With this grant, Family Promise can now provide direct transportation for their sheltered children, without having to pay for a local bus company to do so.
“With this grant, Family Promise can reallocate their bussing expenses,” said Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank. “It is our hope that this program will open up funds for other needs and help children arrive at school in a faster, safer and more cost effective manner.”
Pictured in a special check presentation are (from left) Robert Cleveland, Branch Manager of Columbia Bank’s West Deptford and Voorhees offices, Reverend Bob Fitzpatrick, Kristy Kazelskis, Treasurer of Family Promise and Dr. Tom Powers, who provides assistance through the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
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 always given to programs that provide a measurable community impact.
For more information regarding the Columbia Bank Foundation and grant eligibility requirements, please visit www.columbiabankonline.com/foundation.