CARING, compassion, generosity and teamwork are a driving force for good, shared by New Jersey companies that embrace giving back to the communities they serve. In addition, these businesses have expanded their focus to include helping the hungry, the homeless, veterans, children and the elderly, and protecting the environment through sustainability projects and programs. These caring companies embody the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey’s mission “to make New Jersey a better place to live, work and raise a family.”
CIANJ, in partnership with COMMERCE, will salute corporate philanthropy at the 5th Annual Companies that Care Awards on March 20, 2018, at Nanina’s in the Park in Belleville. As always, we are pleased to provide a venue for honoring corporate philanthropy and, at the same time, inspire more businesses to adopt a cause, volunteer, donate and support worthy charities from food banks to youth programs to local support groups for the most vulnerable among us.
In the following special section, “Companies that Care,” CIANJ and COMMERCE honor New Jersey businesses that care for veterans; help children; feed the hungry; shelter the homeless; volunteer to help the needy; raise money for charities; protect the environment; and support employees and their families during emergencies.
AKRF’s Breast Cancer Awareness Day raised money for breast cancer research and treatment. To help raise awareness and money for the cause, employees were encouraged to wear pink, and AKRF made a financial contribution for each participant. Additional funds were raised from a bake sale, and through the purchase of pink office supplies.
Atlantic Environmental Solutions, Inc. supported longtime client Foot Locker’s annual “Week of Greatness,” during which money and footwear were collected and donated to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. AESI supports the Footlocker Foundation’s Scholar Athletes Program, which awards 20 college scholarships for leadership and academic excellence.
Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center’s tri-generation power plant generates electricity by harnessing waste heat, reducing replaced-energy costs by 60 percent. The hospital has 10 on-campus beehives producing locally sourced honey, supports a community garden and owns chickens that provide locally sourced food.
Atlantic Stewardship Bank donated more than $508,000 to more than 250 recipients in 2017, including CUMAC, which feeds the hungry; Habitat for Humanity; Oasis, a haven for women and children; and the Christian HealthCare Center, which offers senior living, short-term rehabilitation, and mental health services. The bank donates 10 percent of its annual taxable income (more than $9.3 million to date) as a tithe to area charities.
Baker Tilly’s employees participated in the firm’s Stewardship Day, a firmwide day of service. Its Metropark office painted classrooms at Avenel Middle School in Avenel, and its Cherry Hill office packed meals and stocked the warehouse at the Food Bank of South Jersey. More than 75 New Jersey employees donated approximately 530 hours of time to community service in 2017.
Berkeley College. In 2017, Berkeley College’s Community Service Day became a weeklong initiative. During Community Service Week—just one part of the Berkeley Cares initiative, which supports charities all year long— more than 440 Berkeley faculty, staff, alumni, Board of Trustees members and students provided 2,100 volunteer hours to 43 community organizations in New Jersey and New York.
Boswell Engineering’s employees have provided “Secret Santa” gifts for more than 500 children who are separated from their families and in the care of the Youth Consultation Service (YCS) Foundation. YCS is New Jersey’s premier provider of behavioral health services to children and families. Employees take time during the holidays to shop for gifts or donate money for the “Secret Santa” to ensure a joyful Christmas Day for each child.
Charity Realty President James F. Costanzo’s father was wounded and disabled in 1944 while serving aboard the USS Terror fighting in the South Pacific. In his honor, the firm supports Homes For Our Troops, which builds and donates specially adapted, mortgage-free, custom homes to severely injured post–9/11 veterans. A beefsteak fundraiser was held for the veterans group on Nov. 3, 2017.
Clean Earth, Inc. initiated its first Annual Clean Earth Day in 2017; team members from across the company volunteered and formed teams to partner with local organizations in their Clean Earth community to hold recycling, cleanup and beautification events. In total, Clean Earth held eight events across the country which included local community farm and state park clean-ups, river and cemetery cleanups, and local paint recycling events.
Columbia Bank volunteers frequently assist food banks, while also regularly serving hot meals to the homeless, most recently at Eva’s Village in Paterson and Cathedral Kitchen in Camden. The bank’s Fourteenth Annual Food Drive provided more than 700 shopping bags of food and $2,000 in supermarket gift cards. Food bank “community” grants also funded the purchase of a storage freezer, a refrigerated delivery vehicle, an emergency generator and a warehouse fire suppression system.
Connell Foley LLP volunteers have worked with Rebuilding Together Jersey City—the local chapter of a national non-profit that rehabilitates the homes of low-income, elderly or disabled persons—and helped rehabilitate either a low-income home or a community facility. For the past 16 years, firm volunteers have put in thousands of hours working on these projects.
Corporate Ladders’ principals have played Santa Claus for the underprivileged children at PS 28 in Paterson for the past eight years. CEO Bill Taylor Sr., began six years ago and, for the past two years, Bill Taylor Jr., has taken over the duties. It is a volunteer effort in conjunction with Guardian Angel Church in Allendale, where the gifts are also collected for some of these children.
Deloitte created Deloitte Academy Princeton and Deloitte Academy Parsippany, workshops that provide high schoolers with programs aimed at college readiness, including mentoring around general academics and professional development in addition to instruction in accounting. In New Jersey, more than 45 Deloitte professionals have donated more than 450 hours to the Academies, impacting 75 students.
Delta Dental of New Jersey, Inc. sponsored New Jersey’s first-ever Mission of Mercy-Smiles for Our Heroes event, which provided free dental care to more than 200 veterans from North and Central Jersey. Delta Dental helped bring together 140 volunteer dental professionals and support staff to provide services ranging from cleanings and X-rays to root canals, extractions and dentures.
Dream on Me, Inc. has partnered with Good+ Foundation, Red, White & Babies, Jersey Cares, Operation Shower and Delivering Good. Through these partnerships, the company has been able to bring some aid and joy to military families and people in need—most recently, the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Eastwick College holds philanthropic efforts to feed the hungry, which have resulted in thousands of meals served; hundreds of full grocery bags donated; and $100,000 given to the Center for Food Action, Paterson’s Community Outreach Services, Jewish Family Services, Meals on Wheels of Rockland, Pascack Valley Meals on Wheels and Table to Table.
EisnerAmper LLP’s Give Back Week involved 70 employees volunteering at several nonprofits, including hospitals and food banks, as part of EisnerAmper Cares, which assists more than 25 community-based organizations nationwide. For example, 11 staff members made some furry friends at the Somerset New Jersey Regional Animal Shelter.
Estro Digital and CFS, LLC sponsored a small business networking event at Prestige Lincoln in Paramus, where more than 75 professional service providers attended. More than $1,000 was raised and donated to Convoy of Hope a Hurricane Relief Fund, a faith-based relief organization that provides life-sustaining food, water and medical supplies.
Georgian Court University students, faculty and staff provided 94,745 hours of service (2015 to 2016) to charities. The men’s soccer team volunteered with Vincent’s Legacy, collecting and distributing furniture for families. In partnership with the Lakewood Police Department, the GCU team stuffed 190 toy animals for Teddy Bears for Tykes, a service project to help reduce trauma suffered by children exposed to violence and abuse.
GKG CPAs has supported Baking Memories 4 Kids since 2015, an organization that sells chocolate chip cookies made from an old family recipe to raise money to send kids with terminal or life-threatening illnesses to an all-expense paid trip to the Orlando theme parks. For the past three years, GKG has been giving these cookies to clients as gifts.
H2M architects + engineers presented a check to Interfaith Nutrition Network for $6,200—a $5,000 donation from the firm and $1,200 raised from an Employee Appreciation Day and Pie Day; with a $5 donation, an employee gets to wear jeans for the day and have pizza on the firm. H2M employees also volunteer their time, from sorting donated goods in the receiving area, to prepping lunch in the kitchen.
Hackensack Meridian Health formed an innovate partnership with the Montclair State PSE&G Sustainability Institute, collaborating to offer the only hospital-based Green Team of college students in New Jersey. Embedded over the summer at The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® at Hackensack University Medical Center, students helped to drive engagement in environmental initiatives.
Herbert Law Group LLC’s John Herbert, a recipient of the Bergen County NAACP’s Thurgood Marshall Award, supports the Rutgers Future Scholars Program, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, North East New Jersey Legal Services, Bergen County Black Business Network, Bergen County Black Lawyers Alliance, NAACP of Bergen County and the African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ.
Holman Frenia Allison, P.C. teams assist with preparing and giving food for the homeless. The firm hosts “From the heart” activities, including annual holiday secret Santa for Big Brothers Big Sisters and gift-giving drives. Last February, the staff gave 24 units of blood in their first annual Blood Drive. Last September, they collected and donated more than $3,000 for Harvey and Irma Hurricane Relief.
Holy Name Medical Center’s Asian Health Services provides healthcare to 250,000 Asians living in the NJ/NY area—mostly first-generation immigrants. More than 30 HNMC clinical staff and 20 AHS physicians volunteer to provide free care. The annual Walk for Mom Breast Cancer Awareness Walkathon has raised more than $1 million to fund 1,030 mammograms over 10 years—and 14 cases of breast cancer were identified and treated.
JCP&L’s Harvest for Hunger campaigns have raised more than $104,000 for local food banks and pantries; along with the FirstEnergy Foundation, employees have contributed more than $640,000 to support local United Way campaigns; and with the New Jersey Audubon Society and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, JCP&L helped create new habitats for bees, butterflies and birds.
Jefferson Health in New Jersey collaborates with the New Jersey Hospital Association on a program to assist veterans in need of mental health services, funded by a $1.4 million New Jersey Department of Health grant. Another joint effort works to reduce hospital readmissions among veterans. The healthcare system also hosts an annual awards ceremony for Camden County veterans.
Konica Minolta works with The American Red Cross during the holiday season to thank active duty military members and veterans for their service through the Holiday Cards for Heroes program, which allows employees to send greeting cards to military stationed overseas and to veterans and their family members across the United States.
Lakeland Bank has supported Pass It Along (PIA) for nearly a decade, a nonprofit organization that helps teenagers with self-worth, through self-discovery, volunteerism and leadership programs. In addition to the bank’s $10,000 scholarship program, members of the Senior Executive Team spent an afternoon working at a home site with a significant amount of maintenance and landscaping issues. After a few hours and with assistance from Lakeland’s landscape vendor, the property was transformed for a family in need of the assistance.
LAN Associates offers pro-bono services to Habitat for Humanity. Staff helped design and construct a mixed-use building for the Builder’s Blitz. LAN volunteers for, and sponsors, the annual Philadelphia Spring Clean Up and Sussex County Trail Clean Up to further develop various parks and recreation sites by sending a volunteer team to clean up local parks and facilities.
Lassus Wherley has consistently supported the Community Service Association (CSA) of New Providence Holiday Wish List Program. CSA assigns two needy families based on the firm’s record of generosity, which remains anonymous. This cause is popular with employees as it epitomizes the true essence of the holiday season.
Levine, Jacobs & Company, LLC supports two local food pantries—Christine’s Kitchen at Holy Trinity Church in West Orange and the Bobrow Kosher Food Pantry at Oheb Shalom Congregation in South Orange. The firm sent a letter to its clients asking for one nonperishable food item to be brought to the office when they have their tax returns prepared, and the response was overwhelming.
LG Electronics USA Inc.’s new “Life’s Good: Experience Happiness” initiative is dedicated to advancing the Science of Happiness and bringing research-based Sustainable Happiness Skills to 5.5 million youth across the U.S. by 2021. LG partnered with Inner Explorer, which teaches Sustainable Happiness Skills through Mindfulness and has demonstrated a 15 percent increase in G.P.A. and a 60 percent reduction in behavioral issues.
Marsh & McLennan Agency’s Northeast region participated in donation-based dress-down days with proceeds going toward the purchase of 1,500 solar lanterns for children in Haiti faced with stopping their studies once darkness set in. The childrenused kerosene lamps for light when doing their homework, requiring expensive oil and emitting toxic fumes. Using solar lanterns, the students gained two to three additional hours of study time.
Mazars USA LLP participated in an annual food drive for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, sent volunteers to collect frozen turkeys during the holidays and sent a team of volunteers during the firm’s Days of Service to the FoodBank to sort food. Mazars employees regularly volunteer at the Community FoodBank, and the firm plans to donate $100,000 to organizations dedicated to fighting hunger in each of its geographic locations in the United States.
McCarter & English, LLP partnered with Kids In Need of Defense, and its attorneys advocated in asylum cases and special immigrant juvenile cases, where minors living here without guardians take the first steps toward stable lives in the United States instead of facing danger in their homelands. Working with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark, the firm hosted naturalization clinics and handled several DACA dreamers’ petitions.
McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP works with Operation Holiday, a partnership between the Women’s Club of Morristown and the Daily Record to aid charities and social agencies who fulfill holiday wishes for families in need. In 2017, MDM&C’s Morristown office adopted three families, and its employees were able to purchase items from a wish list or donate money and the firm’s HR Department would shop for gifts.
New Jersey Institute of Technology created an alternative spring break program in 2013 to help devastated New Jersey communities clean up, rebuild and preserve their heritage following Hurricane Sandy. NJIT assembled a crew that spring of nearly 570 student volunteers who assessed damages, swept beaches and parks and demolished and reconstructed wrecked homes and buildings. Since then, nearly 1,000 students, staff and alumni have taken part in the ongoing recovery.
Next Level Performance partnered with the Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick during its annual HOPE Week initiative. Its team and their children created activity bags and motivating décor for hospitalized kids and provided healthy snack packs and welcome kits for parents and siblings. The firm also collected coats for the homeless in New Brunswick in partnership with Elijah’s Promise.
NJMEP partnered with CIANJ and the Community Food Bank of New Jersey where virtual donations made through NJMEP provided close to 20,000 meals in 2017. Its summer golf outing funds scholarships for young adults and military veterans/families, and it works with Employment Horizons and Easter seals to help place people with disabilities in manufacturing jobs.
Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A. launched a charitable initiative to support active soldiers and veterans—hosting fundraisers and collection drives throughout the year to benefit charities, including Pets for Patriots, Your Grateful Nation, United War Veterans Council, Operation Gratitude, and Wounded Warrior Project, all of which support active soldiers, veterans, and/or their families. Nine veterans are employed at the firm.
NPZ Law Group, P.C. is working closely with a married couple, both Coptic Christians, who fled Egypt to escape religious persecution. The firm successfully filed and received an approval for the I-130 Petition for an Alien Relative and is assisting in a Removal Proceeding. If the client’s husband is deported to Egypt, his life will be in danger, and he will be separated from and unable to support his U.S. citizen wife and child in America.
Peapack-Gladstone Bank runs annual drives collecting thousands of school supplies and holiday gifts for children in need in cooperation with the United Way of Northern New Jersey. The bank’s book drive was the model and inspiration for the United Way Book Buddy program which now provides reading material to support youth summer literacy programs, local school libraries and literacy education for students of all ages.
PKF O’Connor Davies LLP collected 168 pounds of food and raised nearly $7,000 for Food Bank for Westchester; and sponsored a team of 20 employees at the Golden Scoop Competition, which provided 19,079 pounds of packaged food to thousands in need. Using money contributed by employees during Charity Jeans Days, the firm bought groceries for 10 families.
Ramapo College of New Jersey student-athletes collected more than 10,800 canned food items that were distributed to food pantries in 2016-17; held “Tacos for Texas and Florida” with other campus groups and collected $6,000 for hurricane victims; held an on-campus event that raised $3,230 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; and donated and distributed Thanksgiving baskets to the Mahwah Center for Food Action.
Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP sponsored the Paterson Music Project’s first annual 5K walk at Garret Mountain. PMP is an El Sistema inspired program of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts that provides low-tuition music education to more than 200 Paterson students in grades 1-8 after school. Attorneys and staff from Riker Danzig, including those involved in its School Law Practice, participated in the event.
Robert Half’s New Jersey offices hosted a client appreciation event and fashion show at the Coaches Club at MetLife Stadium to benefit Suits for Success and Dress for Success of Hudson County. The firm also presented a $3,000 check to the charities, that went toward providing business attire to those applying and interviewing for new jobs in Hudson County.
RWJBarnabas Health physicians completed two relief trips to Puerto Rico in a recovery mission to provide medical care and supplies to victims of the hurricane-ravaged island, as well as to ease the burden on overworked responders providing care to the population. RWJBH physicians set up mobile clinics to help with patient demand at Centro Medico Hospital in San Juan and Hermanos Melendez Hospital in Bayamon. They treated more than 360 patients over three days.
Sax LLP supports St. Joseph’s Regional Children’s Hospital’s Child Life Department, which provides quality-of-life programs to pediatric patients. The 2017 4 Miler at Garret Mountain presented by Sax raised $67,000 for the department. Since 2012, Sax LLP has raised over $365,000 for the Children’s Hospital and has become the Child Life Department’s largest financial contributor.
Selective Insurance has partnered with Sussex County-based non-profit Project Self-Sufficiency for the past 30 years to help make a difference in the lives of local low-income individuals and families. The Selective Insurance Group Foundation annually donates a minimum of $50,000 to the cause, and Selective hosts a Build-A-Bike event to benefit Project Self-Sufficiency.
Sobel & Co., LLC employees and interns participated in fundraising programs and fun events designed to generate $11,054.24 in revenue for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. The firm invested an entire day in August to assist with packing and re-packing food items at the CFBNJ warehouse for distribution across the state.
Stockton University’s Martin Luther King Day of Service reaches out to local and global communities—from clearing brush on a local horse-rescue farm, to feeding the hungry in Atlantic City’s Rescue Mission, loading thousands of books to be shipped to schools in Zimbabwe, and wrapping toys for children in war-torn Syria. These efforts involve some 900 students doing projects with 36 community partners.
SUEZ employees volunteer for “days of caring” at Oceans Harbor House in Toms River, an emergency shelter for youth ages 10 to 21. Volunteers have assembled basketball backboards, power washed the home’s siding, installed a paver patio, planted flowers, trimmed shrubs and painted common rooms and presented the residents and leadership with a new American flag that was expressly flown over the U.S. Capitol in recognition of Oceans Harbor House.
The Curchin Group annually hosts The Curchin Open Miniature Golf Tournament, which has raised and donated more than $177,000 to local charities. Clients, sponsors, and friends play a round of putt-putt golf on a nine-hole course that runs through the firm’s Red Bank office. The 2017 event raised $22,000 for The Arc of Monmouth and Breast Intentions.
Trinitas Regional Medical Center gives free books to every child that visits its Pediatric Clinic to help reduce the anxiety that young children feel when undergoing a minor medical procedure or checkup. It recently reached a milestone of 100,000 books since the inception of the program, Reach Out and Read, 15 years ago.
UPS. Last year, 95 UPSers took to the runway at Teterboro Airport for the 20th Anniversary 5K raising $30,000 to benefit Bergen County United Way’s Compassion Fund. UPS has supported Bergen County’s United Way for 55 years. For the last 20, UPS has helped raise more than $500,000 for the United Way’s 2-1-1 helpline, the Compassion Fund and Very Special Homes.
Valley National Bank raised nearly $100,000 for breast cancer research during its ninth annual breast cancer walk, titled “Valley Goes Pink!” More than 1,000 Valley associates, family members, friends and neighbors gathered at 1460 Valley Road in Wayne for this year’s event. All proceeds raised are used for research and conferences at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and other national and international research facilities.
Wakefern Food Corp., through the ShopRite Partners In Caring program, donates $3 million annually to Feeding America foodbanks in ShopRite’s trading area. ShopRite associates volunteer and donate food to pantries and soup kitchens and engage customers in a “Round Up Your Change” register donation program. Since 1999, Wakefern’s donations total $45 million, more than a million pounds of turkeys, and many million pounds of food to local Feeding America food banks.
Walters Group held a fundraiser at the Laurel Oaks Apartments that raised $4,000 for 14-year-old resident Nikolas Falco, diagnosed with cancer. The three-hour benefit drew in more than 100 participants. Entertainment at the fundraiser included a Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle, Shawn Clancy, a magician from Simply Silly Magic, and NASCAR driver Tyler Truex.
Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A. employees teamed up to find a cure for breast cancer and support survivors via the Susan G. Komen Central & South Jersey Race for the Cure®, a fundraiser for breast health education and cancer treatment. As a first-time corporate participant, Wilentz ranked third among corporate teams, raising $10,310, and ranked fourth overall.
WithumSmith+Brown, PC hosts Bike Night events to benefit the GI Go Fund and Christine’s Hope for Kids. 2017 marks the sixth year the firm has supported Bike Nights, where guests pay for tickets to watch motorcycle events and contests at Chickie & Pete’s in Bordentown. The restaurant donates 10 percent of the total food bill for each customer, which has raised more than $10,000 to benefit these charities.
THANK YOU SPONSORS: Platinum Sponsor—Inserra Supermarkets, Inc.; Gold Sponsor—Lakeland Bank; Silver Sponsors—Hackensack Meridian Health, RWJBarnabas Health, Wakefern; Bronze Sponsors—Columbia Bank, LG Electronics
USA, Mazars USA LLP, PSE&G, Selective Insurance; Caring Circle Sponsors—Atlantic Health System, Atlantic Stewardship Bank, Connell Foley LLP, JCP&L, NJIT, Sax LLP; Supporting Sponsors—Archer Law, Berkeley College, Delta Dental of New Jersey, Inc., Herbert Law Group, Holman Frenia Allison, P.C., LAN Associates, Marsh & McLennan Agency, McCarter & English, LLP, Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., Plast-O-Matic
Valves, Inc., Riker Danzig, SUEZ, The Curchin Group, Valley Health System, Valley National Bank, WithumSmith+Brown, PC; Photography Sponsor—Eastwick College.