Columbia Bank grant awards

Minoska Mateo, Columbia Bank; Annette Maxwell, Columbia Bank; Himanshu Shah, Business Administrator; Karen Longo, VP, Old Bridge Educational Foundation; Matt Mercurio, Director, Parks & Recreation; Mayor Owen Henry; Anahita Feltz, Manager, Old Bridge Food Bank.

OLD BRIDGE – The Parks and Recreation Department recently received a $20,000 community grant from Columbia Bank to benefit several of its programs.

In partnership with the Special Projects for Special Children Foundation, Camp ROBIN received $7,000 for technology upgrades, including installing Wi-Fi throughout its building, and the purchase of iPads.

Silver Linings at Old Bridge, in partnership with the Old Bridge Education Foundation, received $10,500 for the purchase of MySeniorCenter, a data recording software that will enable the center to keep more accurate records of its participants for grant reporting and safety purposes. Silver Linings also received $2,500 toward the ongoing operation of an intergenerational vegetable garden. The “Giving Garden” was initially set up by the Recreation Department’s full-day summer campers, overseen by Manager Gregg Grieve. It will be maintained by Silver Linings members, under the supervision of Manager Anahita Feltz. All vegetables harvested in the garden will be donated to the Old Bridge Food Bank and its clients.

“We are grateful to Columbia Bank for their ongoing generosity which allows us to fund these important initiatives that will benefit so many in our community,” said Mayor Owen Henry.

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