Employees from several local Peapack-Gladstone Bank offices spent a beautiful spring day recently working on Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity® (RVHFH)’s 50th home on Churchill Avenue in Franklin Township, Somerset County. Peapack-Gladstone Bank, dedicated to investing in its communities and volunteer service, has joined RVHFH for four Build Days on its two current projects.
Mary Troth, of the bank’s Whitehouse branch and resident of Lebanon Township, said her favorite part of the experience was “meeting the mother of the family who will be living in the home and working with co-workers I don’t get to see every day.” She added, “It’s been a great experience and a tangible way to volunteer.” She explains that, although it is her first time volunteering for any Habitat for Humanity®, she understands why so many people love to volunteer for Habitat: “You get to learn new skills that you can later use in your home.”
Greice Cruz, who lives in North Arlington, has volunteered for several other Habitat for Humanity® groups, but this was her first time volunteering for Habitat’s Raritan Valley affiliate. She says that working with Raritan is a “great volunteer opportunity” and gives her “a chance to work with others as a team.” Rick Barfuss, who lives in Gladstone, has volunteered with RVHFH for projects in Branchburg, Lambertville, Bridgewater, and now Somerset. Rick enjoyed the amazing weather and was pleased with the Somerset location. “The home is located in a very quiet neighborhood with good neighbors.” For him, the best part of the day was, “Great leaders, that get you going on the right direction quickly. It’s a fulfilling opportunity, where I got a chance to work with my colleagues outside of the office and get to know them even more.”
The Peapack-Gladstone Bank Build Day was a huge success, joining volunteers together, building a sense of community and a decent, affordable home for a local family. According to RVHFH Marketing & Volunteer Engagement Manager, Evanyini Hernandez, “We truly appreciate companies like Peapack-Galdstone Bank who show true dedication and commitment to RVHFH. After learning of the theft of our front-loader last fall, the bank donated $1000 to help us replace it. The dedication of the volunteers is admirable, arriving with enthusiasm and determination at each of their builds, ready to work and give to the community.” Join Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity for a corporate build or weekend individual build by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 908-704-0016 x17.