Township of Washington, N.J. (November 13, 2017) – The OritaniBank Charitable Foundation recently granted $10,000 to the Diabetes Foundation, Inc. (DFI), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Headquartered in Paramus, it is dedicated to improving the care and quality of life for children and adults living with diabetes in the New Jersey/New York Metropolitan area.
The grant will specifically benefit its Medical Assistance program and Patient Support program, which was established in 1998 to provide assistance to low income, uninsured, or underinsured patients diagnosed with diabetes throughout the state of NJ. Its services range from crisis management, patient support, assistance with medication or equipment to general public education. DFI helps individuals who are in need of assistance for 60 days, giving them medication and supplies, answering questions and help in creating a plan with protocols for taking care of their own health.
"Diabetes is a lifelong condition that requires constant care and attention,” said Kevin J. Lynch, President of the OritaniBank Charitable Foundation and Chairman, President and CEO of Oritani Bank. “This daunting disease affects too many people nationwide. We are proud to support the Diabetes Foundation, Inc. and its mission to assist all diabetic patients in living with this illness.”
“One in every twelve individuals in New Jersey is living with diabetes. This often challenging and overwhelming disease can lead to life-altering complications if it is left unmanaged. DFI works tirelessly to provide those impacted with access to medication and supplies, one-on-one support and tips and resources to help ensure they can maintain a healthy lifestyle,” said Ginine Cilenti, Executive Director of Diabetes Foundation, Inc. “The dedication and support of OritaniBank Charitable Foundation allows DFI to provide help to children and adults in need. We cannot thank OritaniBank Charitable Foundation enough for its collaboration with DFI year after year,” she continued.
Diabetes Foundation, Inc. offers support services that follow-up with the patients once they receive their medications and begin working on the more permanent plan, along with providing education and community resources they might not know about. They are the only agency in NJ that provides this kind of free assistance.
About Diabetes Foundation, Inc.
Through the efforts of staff and volunteers, the Diabetes Foundation, Inc. focuses its efforts on medication and supplies assistance, patient support services, community outreach and education programs, and camp sponsorships. Since its inception, DFI has provided medication and supplies assistance to more than 10,000 patients; offered free monthly education programs to more than 12,000 people; expanded education programs to many new communities; and, provided funding for nearly 800 children to attend diabetes camps in the tri-state area. DFI’s approach to the prevention and/or management of diabetes has come full circle. For more information, visit https://www.diabetesfoundationinc.org.
About OritaniBank Charitable Foundation:
Oritani Bank established the OritaniBank Charitable Foundation in 2007 to assist not-for-profit organizations that help to improve the quality of life for area residents, especially those members of its communities most in need. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated more than $8 million to local charitable organizations, primarily in support of education, health and human services, youth programs and affordable housing.
About Oritani Bank:
Oritani Bank is a 106-year-old community bank with more than $4.0 billion in assets, based in the Township of Washington, New Jersey. The Bank has 26 branches throughout Bergen, Hudson, Passaic & Essex Counties. Oritani Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Oritani Financial Corp., 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, www.oritani.com.