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Columbia Bank Foundation Supports Friends Of The West Milford Library

Grant Will Fund New Lift for Handicapped Persons

Friends of the West Milford Library

FAIR LAWN, NJ – June 5, 2019 The Columbia Bank Foundation recently issued a $27,446 grant to the Friends of the West Milford Library as part of the Foundation’s current initiative to partner with local communities and Boards of Education within the Bank’s service area. The grant will be used to install a new handicap lift at the West Milford Town Hall.

“We are pleased to partner with Friends of the West Milford Library,” said Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank. “The upgrade will allow those with disabilities to operate the lift independently, without the need for assistance.”

Pictured in a special check presentation are Amy Lewis, Branch Manager of Columbia Bank’s West Milford office, Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank, Martha Tappan, Friends of the West Milford Library President, Mayor Michele Dale and Minoska Mateo, Acting Director of the Columbia Bank Foundation.

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