The Provident Bank has been named the 2016 recipient of the Woodbridge Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Business Education Partnership Champion Award for their work on the RISE program.
The RISE program is a special needs program through the Woodbridge Board of Education that assists students from 18 – 21 years old in learning real life situations such as banking, buying groceries, taking a bus or train, as well as helping them obtain employment thru work programs.
“For the last three years, we have supported RISE and assisted in its evolution, doing everything from curriculum development to building a mock bank at the school where students can conduct day-to-day transactions and also interact in role playing real-life scenarios. “Financial literacy and spreading that knowledge is an extremely important to us at The Provident Bank,” said Jason Conway, Provident’s Market Manager.
Pat Grazioso, Business Development Officer for the North Central Region, was instrumental in setting up the RISE program, along with Elaine Cullen and Aisha Hollins from Training and Development. Additionally, Provident’s Vice President Jason Conway and Banking Center Manager Danielle Wray have supported the program along the way with marketing materials for the mock bank and in providing financial literacy courses for the students and parents.
The Bank will be honored at the 52nd Annual Chairman’s Awards Dinner on Oct. 19 at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin, New Jersey.
The annual Chairman’s Awards Dinner recognizes outstanding citizens, local businesses and business owners who go above and beyond serving the Woodbridge Metro area. The Woodbridge Chamber, founded in 1964, is a voluntary organization of business, industry, retail and professional people working to help businesses succeed, support economic development and promote community participation in the greater Woodbridge area.
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 $9.23 billion as of June 30, 2016. With $6.23 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.