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<March 2015>



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By Tom Shara, President and Chief Executive Officer

Giving back to the communities we serve is one of our Bank’s key core values, and we are proud of the support and resources we provide to the local community. In 2014, Lakeland Bank provided more than $536,000 in contributions to support nonprofit organizations in the eight counties we serve, and raised record donations at our two annual golf outings.

Colleagues support Bank’s community service initiatives
I am especially proud of ...

By Thomas J. Shara, President and Chief Executive Officer

lakeland-bank-invests-in-community-serviceYou’ll see us at our branches in Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties. You’ll also find Lakeland Bank colleagues investing in these communities by supporting causes such as building homes, collecting food, raising funds for college scholarships, and helping charitable and nonprofits. That’s beca ...

By Thomas J. Shara, President and CEO of Lakeland Bank

holiday-share-a-gift-lakeland-bankThis time of year we are busy getting ready for the holidays, preparing special dinner menus, making plans with friends and family, and decorating our homes.

And, if your children have already made their lists, you have probably started shopping!

The holiday season is a wonderful time for many families, so it may be hard to believe that there are parents in North Jersey who don’t know if they will be able to fill their children’s stockings. And there are children wondering if there will be any gifts to open this year.

That’s ...

By Thomas J. Shara, president and CEO of Lakeland Bank

hunger-statistics-food-drive-njWhile many families look forward to the upcoming holiday season, others struggle because they don’t have enough money for a special holiday meal. Lakeland Bank is one of the many organizations that urge the community to remember those less fortunate around the holidays. The Bank is proud to join the United Way’s Annual Holiday Food Drive to benefit local pantries. They need our help and we are grateful for this opportunity to give back.

Over the last few years, local food pantry leaders have been seeing an increa ...

Dave Scelba Marketing CEO of SGW and Lakeland Bank Business Customer at the 2012 Golf OutingWe are excited to extend an invitation to join Lakeland Bank in meeting its goal to raise over $100,000 to help local New Jersey students pursue a higher education after they graduate high school. The 41st Lakeland Charities Scholarship Outing is set for September 24 at Crystal Springs Golf Resort, and we invite you to attend our fun-filled annual event. If you cannot spend the day with us, we hope you will consider one of the sponsorship opportunities or make a donation.

As a result of the support received at our 2012 golf outing, ...

By Thomas J. Shara

How To Create A Culture Of CaringFostering a “Culture of Caring” or “Corporate Giving” program at your organization is good for your employees, the community and your business. Especially when your employees are engaged in the process and help choose the programs and the beneficiaries. At Lakeland Bank, we’ve been giving back since the day we opened our doors over 40 years ago, and our colleagues are an integral part of the Bank’s philanthropy efforts. If your business is looking to establish a program, then you ar ...

By: Thomas J. Shara

Lakeland Bank Oak Ridge NJ Community DonationI’m very proud to say that at Lakeland Bank, we foster a culture of caring and encourage colleagues at all levels to give back to the communities we serve. We did so in 2011 in many ways including building homes, collecting food, and raising funds for college scholarships. We donated more than $380,000 to numerous charitable and nonprofit groups in North Jersey to enhance the services they provide to our local communities.

Our tradition of giving back to the community started more than 4 ...

By Thomas J. Shara

All of our branches have a poster listing Lakeland Bank’s Core Values, and one of them is to give back to our communities. We take our core values seriously and believe they are more than words on a poster. Lakeland Bank and its employees regularly give back to the communities we serve…it is a part of our corporate mission and culture.

Recently, we sponsored the 30th Annual Sussex County Golf Classic at Newton Country Club in Newton, N.J. We were there when this event got its modest start, supporting a single charity. Now this outing raises much-needed funds for over a dozen Sussex County chariti ...

By: Robert A. Vandenbergh
From the day Lakeland Bank first opened its doors, we have had a strong tradition of philanthropy. It’s truly amazing what Lakeland Bank’s employees and customers have done over the years to support our local communities. In 2010, we continued our tradition of giving back in many ways, and here are a few that I would like to bring attention to:
  • Lakeland Bank employees volunteered 16,000 service hours supporting nonprofit organizations in their neighborhoods including schools and youth athletic leagues. They also volunteered for first aid squads and fire departments and were members of Rotary Clubs, Knights of Columbus and hospital foundations. The service our employees give helps foster ...

By: Thomas J. Shara

JoAnn Papa, Human Resources Assistant; Kathy Picun, Human Resources Assistant; Jennifer Hixson, Junior Accountant; Betty Frint, Assistant Treasurer/Accountant; and Karen Stevens, Assistant Vice President/AccountantAccording to the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy’s new report, there was a 4.9% decrease in charitable donations in 2009. The report cites an unstable economy as the reason people have given less due to anxieties about their families’ future financial stability, and the same can be said for businesses.

Luckily, Lakeland Bank is fortunate enou ...