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Provident representatives join supporting sponsors at press conference for YouthBuild Allentown. From left to right: Rich Hodgen, Relationship Manager of Provident Bank Lehigh Valley; Joe Spatola, Senior Vice President and Community Reinvestment Act Officer, Provident Bank; Dave Evans, Executive Director of the Housing Association & Development Corp.; Chris Martin, Chairman, President & CEO, Provident Bank.
The Provident Bank is pleased to announce a $50,000 donation to YouthBuild Allentown, a program designed by Valley Youth House to provide high school dropouts with GED preparation and hands-on job training. To celebrate YouthBuild Allentown’s first year, Provident representatives recently joined more than 60 community leaders and sponsors for a press conference at Allentown’s Dime Restaurant on June 30.
“Investing in the development of each of our markets, while also being involved in the community is the Provident way,” said Joe Spatola, Senior Vice President and Community Reinvestment Act Officer, The Provident Bank. “The YouthBuild Allentown program is exactly the kind of initiative that Provident loves to support and to help grow. These students are not only building tangible structures to better their communities, but also building leadership skills to better their personal futures.”
YouthBuild Allentown, an inspiration of Valley Youth House, provides out-of-school students between the ages of 16 and 24 with GED preparation, life skills and leadership development, professional certifications and on-the-job work experience. In the program’s first phase, YouthBuild Allentown aided six out-of-school students with on-the-job training two days a week, and has expanded to 20 students in Year 2 starting this fall due in large part to sponsors such as The Provident Bank.
YouthBuild Allentown is an affiliate of YouthBuild USA, a program that began in East Harlem in 1978 and has grown into a worldwide network of more than 340 locally-controlled programs.
For more than 175 years, The Provident Bank has served individuals, families, organizations and businesses within its local communities. As a community partner, the bank strives to deliver a mix of innovative services and social impact programs that make a real connection in the communities it serves – always with “Commitment You Can Count On.”
About The Provident Bank
The Provident Bank, (www.provident.bank) a community-oriented bank offering “Commitment you can count on” since 1839, is the wholly owned subsidiary of Provident Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE:PFS), which reported assets of $9.03 billion as of March 31, 2016. With $6.15 billion in deposits, The Provident Bank provides a comprehensive suite of financial products and services through its network of branches throughout northern and central New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. The Bank also provides fiduciary and wealth management services through its wholly owned subsidiary, Beacon Trust Company.
About YouthBuild Allentown
YouthBuild Allentown is an affiliate of YouthBuild USA, a program that began in East Harlem in 1978 and has grown into a worldwide network of more than 340 locally controlled programs in the United States and 21 other countries. All the programs follow the innovative model of providing a high school graduation credential combined with on-the-job training and leadership development.