Spencer Savings Bank, a community bank headquartered in Elmwood Park, partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County for the first time on September 18 for a build day in Little Ferry. The day’s events, part of Habitat for Humanity’s Sandy Restoration Program, included reframing a basement damaged during the 2012 storm. Spencer sent a team of branch and corporate staff to lend their assistance, and also made a $1,500 donation.
The Sandy Restoration Program facilitates short- and long-term housing solutions and other services for low-income families affected by the storm. The Bergen County initiative was launched in January of 2013 with an emphasis on Little Ferry and the surrounding area. In addition to building projects, affected residents are offered recovery support through the Sandy Recovery Information Center, located at the Moonachie First Presbyterian Church.
“Nearly two years after Superstorm Sandy, there are still so many local families in need of assistance,” said José B. Guerrero, Chairman, President and CEO of Spencer Savings Bank. “Through its Sandy Restoration Program, Habitat Bergen is out there each and every day, helping people rebuild their lives. We are humbled to take part in that critical work.”
Spencer has a long history of involvement with Habitat for Humanity at the regional level, including seven years of participation in its annual Corporate Challenge Program. Those who participated in this most recent Bergen County event were enthusiastic about the opportunity to gain first-hand experience with new tools and construction techniques during a day of challenging – yet very rewarding – work.
“There is something unique about the community bonds forged when people unite for the common good,” Guerrero said. “We look forward to more events with Habitat Bergen in 2015.”