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New Jersey Bankers and Coastal Habitat Join Forces for Rebuilding Shore Houses Destroyed by Superstorm Sandy

It’s been almost two years since parts of the shore were devastated by Superstorm Sandy. Many may have forgotten about the storm and its effects, but not the members of the New Jersey Bankers Association.

A coalition of New Jersey banks are continuing to help repair homes damaged by the Superstorm with the second Bankers Build; a summer-long program coordinated with Coastal Habitat, Spring Lake.

“We are so very thankful the bankers have returned for the second year to help Coastal Habitat continue its repair and restoration of Southern Monmouth County,” said Maureen Mulligan, executive director, Coastal Habitat.  “Last year, volunteers from banks around the state donated more than 2,000 hours of their time to help families return home.  Their community impact was exceptional.  And this year, the work – from framing homes to painting – continues.”

Over 200 bank employees from 20 different banks will once again pitch in to help families and individuals return to their homes. Each bank will also donate $100 to Coastal Habitat for each of their staff volunteers to purchase building materials. In all, banks will contribute more than $20,000 to help offset the cost of rebuilding.

The Build was kicked off on June 19th with a ceremony and check presentation. The first bank to participate in the build was Amboy Bank. Amboy’s Chief Operating Officer, Stanley Koreyva, was on site with hammer in hand to launch the event.

John McWeeney, Jr. president/CEO and Michael Affuso, EVP/director of government relations at the New Jersey Bankers Association coordinated the bankers’ efforts. McWeeney congratulated both Koreyva and William Moss, president/CEO, Two River Community Bank whose build is scheduled for a later date, for their time and effort. He said, “New Jersey bankers have a strong commitment to their shore neighbors. Our members knew there was still much to do and enlisted to help once again. This is just one way that bankers help neighbors in the communities they serve.”

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