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Newark Workforce Investment Board Is Columbia Bank Foundation’s Latest Grant Recipient

Grant Funds Employment Efforts in Newark

FAIR LAWN, NJ – August 31, 2020 The Newark Workforce Investment Board has received a $30,000 grant from the Columbia Bank Foundation to support ongoing efforts to bridge the gap between local businesses and unemployed Newark residents. The organization acts as a liaison with local businesses, while simultaneously preparing members of the community for the workforce. Programs focus on skill development, job readiness and financial stability. The donation stems from Columbia Bank’s annual gift program, where in lieu of a gift for the holidays, the Foundation makes a donation in the name of the bank’s customers.

“Whenever we enter a community, we look to get involved in causes that matter to the people who live there,” said Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank. “When it came time to choose a recipient of our holiday gift, supporting the Newark Workforce Investment Board aligned with our desire to make a positive impact in the Newark community. We are proud to provide the needed funds to carry out their mission.”

In addition to the donation, Libby Bajgerova, Vice President Market Manager, has also joined the board of the organization. As a board member, Libby will play an integral role in delivering education and employment opportunities to Newark residents.

Pictured in a special check presentation are (from left) Karen Gaylord, Director of Programs Newark Work Force Development Board, Libby Bajgerova, Vice President Market Manager and Julie Holland, Executive Director of the Columbia Bank Foundation.

The Columbia Bank Foundation was created to serve the needs of local communities, and provide grants and contributions to organizations recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Columbia Bank Foundation actively seeks to provide support in six major areas: affordable housing programs, community investment and economic development opportunities, financial literacy and educational opportunities, health and human services, food pantries, and the arts. Special consideration is always given to programs that provide a measurable community impact.

For more information regarding the Columbia Bank Foundation and grant eligibility requirements, please visit