The Great Oak Awards: Medium Companies

Arthur J. Gallagher
Industry: Insurance
NJ Employees: 296
Cash Giving: $3,725
Volunteer Hours: 400
Employees volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and community food banks in several counties; particpate in walks, like the Walk to End Alzheimer’s; and donate to organizations like Operation Holiday Project. Volunteering is a demonstration of the company’s core values—and Gallagher celebrates this tenet with a matching-gift program.

Stewardship Bank
Midland Park
Industry: Banking/finance
NJ Employees: 145
Cash Giving: $126,900
Volunteer Hours: 1,597
Annual projects undertaken by the BEACH committee (Bank Employees Assisting Charities) include a school-supply drive; the Habitat for Humanity Corporate Challenge; money-management lessons for women and children at the Oasis haven in Paterson; and donations to food drives. The bank shares 10 percent of pretax income annually with local Christian civic groups and nonprofits.

Benefit Consultants Group
Cherry Hill
Industry: Financial services
NJ Employees: 110
Cash Giving: $56,000
Volunteer Hours: 1,040
FBCG plays an important role in the operation of Carz N’ Toyz, which provides lifesaving equipment as well as toys to kids in low-income neighborhoods. The firm offers office space, administrative services, IT and legal support to the Cherry Hill-based nonprofit. Employees donate toys and BCG hosts an annual benefit, which raised approximately $56,000 in 2015.

Benzel-Busch Motor Car, Corp.
Industry: Automotive
NJ Employees: 285
Cash Giving: $400,000
Volunteer Hours: 25
Benzel-Busch supports numerous causes, including BergenPAC, Womens Right’s Information Center, the Leslie Simon Breast Care and Cytodiagnosis Center, and the Dr. John Grieco scholarship. The dealership group also funded a football program for the Englewood public schools. Employees participate in golf outings and other benefits, such as the Race for Cancer.

Boiling Springs Savings Bank
Industry: Banking/finance
NJ Employees: 204
Cash Giving:  $643,000
Volunteer Hours: 4,734
Donations from Boiling Springs went to 137 qualifying organizations in 2015. In cooperation with Oasis, a haven for women and children, BSSB created the American Bankers Association Bank Teller Certificate Program, which provides courses and resources for women in need. The bank also initiated the New Jersey Bankers Association’s Bankers Build Project, which works with Habitat for Humanity on projects in Bergen County.

Castle Windows
Mount Laurel
Industry: Remodeling company
NJ Employees: 175-200
Cash Giving: $100,000
Volunteer Hours: 100
Castle Windows operates a barbecue at Community Day in Mount Laurel. The company partners with the Girl Scouts for an annual coat drive, and with Toys for Tots drives. Also, Castle Windows donates old doors and windows to the local fire department for drills, and donates other homeware to Habitat for Humanity for building projects.

Columbia Bank
Fair Lawn
Industry: Banking/finance
NJ Employees: 628
Cash Giving: $750,000
Volunteer Hours: 2,500
Columbia Bank supports local charities, such as Habitat for Humanity, that encourage home ownership, neighborhood development, health, safety and civic pride. Team Columbia is a group of employees who assist in projects like building affordable housing in low-income areas. Columbia Bank also shares time, knowledge and resources with Passaic County Technical Institute, a regional high school in Wayne.

C.R. Bard, Inc. Murray Hill
Industry: Medical devices
NJ Employees: 330
Cash Giving: $1 million
Volunteer Hours: 1,000
The Murray Hill Bard Volunteer Council is a group of Bard employees who select, organize and encourage other employees to volunteer. Bard also has a workplace campaign that supports Community Health Charities and United Way. The C.R. Bard Nursing Scholarship Program donated 10 $2,500 awards to nursing students last year. At the Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure, the company provided a $10,000 sponsorship and employees raised another $23,786.

Day Pitney, LLP
Industry: Legal
NJ Employees: 164
Cash Giving: $30,000
Volunteer Hours: 2,000
Day Pitney raises funds and offers pro bono aid to many community organizations, including Miles for Matheny, the National MS Society, United Way, New Jersey Battered Women’s Service, GI Go Fund and Dress for Success. Employees donated pro bono services in 2015 in a variety of cases, including child welfare, Holocaust reparations, legal guardianship issues, landlord-tenant disputes, the preparation of wills for veterans, and in appealing the denial of veteran’s benefits.

Dun & Bradstreet
Short Hills
Industry: Business information
NJ Employees: 727
Cash Giving: $194,147
Volunteer Hours: 1,300
In 2015, Dun & Bradstreet introduced Do Good, a corporate social responsibility program that gives employees two days of paid time annually to volunteer. Employees donated $34,000 to 77 charities through Do Good last year. Other charitiable initiatives include participation in the Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure, and the Boys & Girls Club of Newark project to build bikes. Every year, D&B  sponsors 10 to 15 inner-city youths for six-week paid summer internships at its Short Hills headquarters.

IT Cosmetics
Jersey City
Industry: Cosmetics
NJ Employees: 101-200
Cash Giving:  $1,930
Volunteer Hours: 50
IT Cosmetics helps with causes that make women look and feel better. In 2015, the company held a clothing drive for the United Community Corporation in Newark and donated $9,200 worth of products for gift bags for a York Street Project fundraiser. IT Cosmetics also supports the Look Good Feel Better Program in conjunction with ULTA stores. The company hosts holiday toy drives in conjunction with Toys for Tots and Salvation Army.

Johnny On The Spot, LLC
Old Bridge
Industry: Portable sanitation
NJ Employees: 170
Johnny On The Spot supports dozens of fundraising events and charities through the provision of portable restrooms, luxury restroom trailers and temporary fencing. JOTS encourages employees to donate time and money, especially through the United Way. JOTS’s annual food drive supports a Middlesex County food bank.

Kearny Bank
Industry:  Banking
NJ Employees: 489
Cash Giving: $300,000
Volunteer Hours: 660
Kearny Bank, in partnership with EverFi, sponsors financial literacy programs, helping students to become responsible, informed citizens. Also a primary benefactor of Habitat for Humanity of Hudson County, Kearny Bank provided $50,000 in 2015 to build homes in Hudson County. The bank supports other local groups, including the Wounded Warrior Foundation and National Council of Jewish Women, and  awarded $31,000 in scholarships through local high schools last year.

Kontos Foods
Industry:  Food manufacturing
NJ Employees: 200
Cash Giving: $16,000
Kontos Foods feels that no one should experience hunger. In December, the company donated 130 cases of bread and cookies to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Kontos also supported the Cooking for Kids program at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson; helped Table to Table buy a new truck for food deliveries to the sick or housebound; and donated to the Community Development Corporation, which provides job training and other services for the long-term unemployed.

LG Electronics
Englewood Cliffs
Industry: Manufacturing
NJ Employees: 600
Volunteer Hours: 100
LG assisted the city of Englewood with an initiative to clean and beautify Mackay Park and included a science center in its new headquarters building that will benefit area students. LG employees annually participate in local events such as the Englewood Cliffs Fall Festival. In 2015, the company donated thousands in products, resources and services to various projects.

Maplecrest Ford
Industry: Automotive
NJ Employees: 120
Cash Giving: $30,000
Volunteer Hours: 200
MFL supported nearly 50 different organizations, such as United Way and the Bass Foundation’s Toy and Coat Drives. The dealership’s charitable initiatives support animal welfare, education, art, youth, family, fitness and church- and synagogue-related programs. MFL contributed more than 100 free oil-change vouchers, free transporation services and delivery logistics for local charities, with a retail value of $44,000.

NRG Energy
Industry: Energy
NJ Employees: 531
Cash Giving: $463,485
Volunteer Hours: 1,135
NRG’s philanthropic efforts include an annual Global Giving Week dedicated to volunteering; FIRST, a STEM-oriented mentoring program for local students; and the NRG Power2Serve truck, which provides on-site emergency relief to communities struck by disaster. In 2015, NRG donated $201,215 in goods and services to various causes.

Pricewaterhouse Coopers, LLP
Jersey City
Industry: Professional services
NJ Employees: 161
Cash Giving: $88,000
Volunteer Hours: 848
PwC participates in philantrophic initiatives for youth education and the community. Employees donate countless hours and pro bono services to teach Earn Your Future financial-literacy lessons. In 2015, PwC held a holiday toy drive to support children served by Hudson County CASA and donated more than 150 gifts to 90 children.

Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti, LLP
Industry: Legal
NJ Employees: 265
Cash Giving: $1,000
Volunteer Hours: 4,597
The firm annually sponsors Newport 10,000 in Jersey City, a benefit for the Jersey City Medical Center. The firm is also a major sponsor of Alliance for Lupus Research. Employees raise funds through Jeans Day and participate in an annual benefit walk at MetLife Stadium. The firm also provides meeting space and food and beverages to nonprofits, including Partners for Women and Justice and the Jewish National Fund.

Rook Coffee
Industry: Coffee retail
NJ Employees: 130
Cash Giving:  $180,000
Volunteer Hours: 1,125
The Rook Run, a 5K race created by Rook, raised $180,000 to benefit the Valerie Fund. Rook Coffee also donated  merchandise to more than 115 philanthropic events throughout New Jersey, amounting to a retail value of more than $3,000.

Sobel & Co.
Industry: Accounting
NJ Employees: 115
Cash Giving: $70,000
Volunteer Hours: 2,000
Sobel & Co. gives back to its local community through food drives, car washes, walkathons, golf outings and galas. Each employee donates on average five days of pro bono services each year for area nonprofits. On the firm’s annual Day of Community Service, the office is closed and the entire staff participates in the chosen activity, such as the 2015 cleanup at the Westfield YMCA.

Unity Bank
Industry: Commercial bank
NJ Employees: 170
Cash Giving: $200,000
Volunteer Hours: 1,200
In 2015, employees donated a total of $14,000 to food pantries in Central Jersey; the funds were matched by the bank as part of a holiday community-service project. Unity Bank supported more than 200 organizations in the past year and is proud of sponsorship for Family Promise of Hunterdon County’s annual Box City event, an event where high school students sleep in a box overnight to raise awareness of homelessness in area. The bank focuses on local nonprofits, primarily grassroots organizations.

Wiss & Company, LLP
Industry: Finance
NJ Employees: 130
The Wiss M.A.D. (Making a Difference) Committee raises money to fund accounting scholarships at colleges and universities throughout the state as well as local charities, including Habitat for Humanity, Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Junior Achievement Bowl-A-Thon and the NJ Sharing Network.

WithumSmith + Brown, PC
Industry: Accounting
NJ Employees: 505
Cash Giving: $412,000
Volunteer Hours:  2,500
The company is involved in three philanthropic initiatives: Withum Week of Caring, in which 475 employees helped 43 organizations by volunteering 1,794 hours; $5 Jeans Days, which raised $20,681 for 28 organizations; and the Withum Staff Hardship Relief Fund, for which employees donated $67,350 and Withum added $50,000 to help defray the medical expenses of an employee stricken with Lyme disease.

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