As one of New Jersey’s strongest community mutual banks, NVE Bank’s mission to build strong and healthy communities is not just a part of our culture—it’s in our DNA. Our commitment to that mission is reflected in the thousands of volunteer hours our employees devote to charitable causes throughout NVE’s service areas in northern, New Jersey. Members of NVE’s management team also serve on the boards of various New Jersey organizations, and the Bank contributes a portion of its earnings annually to local non-profits in Bergen County. Investing in the community pays off with a big dividend – successful neighbors, businesses, and towns.
From Bergen County parades and street fairs, to school visits, donation drives and more, NVE Bank hosts and supports dozens of community events. To give you an idea of our involvement, though, here’s a glimpse of some of the things we’ve done so far in 2014.
Fighting Heart Disease
More than 55 NVE employees, along with friends and family, took part in the American Heart Association’s (AHA) 2014 Bergen Passaic Heart Walk on June 8th at Van Saun Park in Paramus. Proudly wearing bright green “I Make a Difference” t-shirts, Team NVE dominated the scene, prompting one of the AHA officials to proclaim, “You folks needs your own zip code!” As the event serves as AHA’s signature fundraising event, NVE also donated $5,000 to support efforts to reduce death and disability from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Educating Neighbors on Home Ownership
NVE Lending Specialist Michelle Heil and Loan Processor Olena Shumlin represented NVE Bank at the Bergen County Home Ownership Fair. The free event, held at the Hasbrouck Heights Holiday Inn, offers prospective homeowners a chance to learn more about the home owenership and mortgage process. Michelle and Olena provided hundreds of attendees with essential information to help them make sound financial choices for this important investment.
NVE Bank’s Closter branch sponsored the “Children Helping Children” Trike-a-thon fundraiser to help the Jack in the Box Schools of Closter, Alpine, and Tenafly raise funds for the Autism Society of America. Branch Manager Susan Demaria and Assistant Branch Manager Tracy McKenna gave out water and piggy banks to all the participants and their families.
This year marked the first-ever Bergen County Irish Festival, held at Overpeck Park in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey.. Over 8,000 people attended the festival, where NVE Bank served as a key sponsor. Among the cultural activities were banjo and bagpipe performances, Irish dancing, and a Gaelic football tournament. NVE staffers Nicole Defero, Vanessa May, Georgia Ruegger, John Louglas, and Dave Bleckman handed out green bags, NVE water bottles, and financial information.
Teaching the Importance of Saving Early
Teach Children to Save Day was celebrated nationwide on April 11th; however, because we believe so strongly in early education on the importance of saving, branch managers from all 12 NVE branches visited Bergen County students throughout the entire month to teach them good saving habits.
Teaming Up with the Town
Englewood and the city’s Chamber of Commerce hosted the first Englewood Night Market, billed as “A block party like no other.” Palisades Avenue became an outdoor pedestrian mall with hundreds of people enjoying food samples, live music, and family entertainment. NVE Bank offered complimentary tickets to employees, who wore their green shirts with pride while mingling with the crowd.
While the true reward is the prosperity of our neigbors and communities, it’s always nice to be recognized for the work we do. For the second time, NVE Bank has been honored by the New Jersey Bankers Association with its 2013 Community Service Award. We are proud to have earned this award, and will continue to represent it well for many years.