Township of Washington, NJ (June 15, 2015) – The employees of Oritani Bank recently donated more than 400 teddy bears to the children at Youth Consultation Service (YCS), located in Newark. YCS partners with at-risk and special needs children, youth and young adults to build happier, healthier, more hopeful lives within families and communities.
The 2015 Teddy Bear Campaign began in late April when a few employees decided to respond to an email from YCS that announced its need for new teddy bears. The teddy bears are distributed to children as they enter the YCS programs from difficult home situations. The need for teddy bears, a universal form of childhood comfort, resonated with co-workers, family and friends at Oritani Bank and by the end of May, more than 400 bears of all sizes and colors had been donated and collected – ready for distribution to YCS for use in its programs. These generous donations were able to bring many children comfort in their time of need.
“We would like to thank our staff, along with their families and friends who generously donated teddy bears to our collection for the children at YCS,” said Kevin J. Lynch, Chairman, President and CEO of Oritani Bank. “A simple gift like a teddy bear to hug can bring comfort to a child going through a difficult time.”
“YCS is so pleased at this outpouring of support from the employees of Oritani Bank,” said Richard Mingoia, President/CEO of YCS. “These teddy bears help soothe and calm children many of whom are experiencing terrible crisis and trauma. We are grateful to everyone at Oritani Bank for opening their hearts to the children of YCS,” he continued.
Each day YCS cares for more than 1,500 children, by providing either residential care or in-community and in-home services. Some of the children are separated from their loved ones and have been affected by trauma; others are unable to live at home because of intellectual and developmental disabilities that adversely affect their behavior. Whatever the child’s special education, mental health or behavioral health needs, the caring YCS staff is prepared to offer individualized services to both the child and family.
About Oritani Bank:
Oritani Bank is a 103-year-old community bank with 25 branches and more than $3.3 billion in assets, based in the Township of Washington, New Jersey. Oritani Bank is a publicly held company trading on the NASDAQ with the trading symbol “ORIT.” Oritani Bank offers a full line of deposit and loan services to both retail and commercial customers. For more information, call 888-ORITANI, or visit its website, oritanibank.com.
YCS has been caring for children since 1918. As New Jersey’s leading, private, non-profit provider of behavioral health and social services, YCS offers hope to the state’s most vulnerable children (birth-25) in its special education schools, autism centers, foster care, therapeutic residences, homes for the developmentally disabled and community-based services. Its mission is to partner with at-risk and special needs children, youth and young adults to build happier, healthier, more hopeful lives within families and communities. Please visit ycs.org for more information.
Pictured from left to right:
Ruthie Harper, VP Development, YCS; Kim Sarno, Oritani Bank; Cynthia Mendoza, Oritani Bank; Gail Keates, Oritani Bank; Frances Spiegel, AVP Development, YCS.