This fall, Christian Health Care Center (CHCC) will present The David F. Bolger Award for Service and Leadership to Atlantic Stewardship Bank and the Wyckoff Family YMCA Board of Directors, Executive Director Joy K. Vottero, and Associate Director Joyce Kwiatkowksi. The presentation will be made during A Celebration of Excellence Thursday, October 19, 2017, at The Venetian in Garfield.
Atlantic Stewardship Bank: Uniquely dedicated to its customers and the community
When Paul Heerema founded Atlantic Stewardship Bank (ASB) in 1985, he had two goals in mind. The first was to create a full-service quality financial institution for both businesses and individual consumers. The second was to tithe 10 percent of the bank’s profits annually with Christian and other local non-profit organizations. Mr. Heerema worked diligently to sell the concept to bank regulators, as well as the community. Their diligence resulted in the Biblical Old Testament concept of tithing – giving back to the Lord – being incorporated into the bank’s bylaws. To date, ASB has tithed more than $9.3 million of its taxable income.
“ASB is privileged to be the only bank in America that tithes with non-profit, educational, charitable, and/or evangelical recipients every year,” says Paul Van Ostenbridge, ASB President and Chief Executive Officer. “The thought of a bank giving away 10 percent of its profits each year is highly unusual, especially in today’s economy. We continue to do so because ASB’s founders were so deeply committed to this concept. The Tithing Program defines our mission and is part of our corporate bylaws. We are honored to be able to share a portion of our profits with those in need and remain faithful to our customers and the community.”
ASB’s Board of Directors selects recipients each year and ASB makes numerous donations. Among the hundreds of recipients over the past 32 years are Eastern Christian School Association, Eva’s Village, Foundation for the Handicapped, Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County, Hawthorne Rotary Club, Midland Park Ambulance Corps, North Jersey Chorus, Star of Hope Ministries, Torpedoes Soccer Club, Wayne Police Athletic League, Wyckoff Fire Department, and Christian Health Care Center. To date, CHCC has received more than $450,000 through ASB’s Tithing Program.
“Each day, we see or hear about the positive impact that these fine groups have had not only in our communities, but in far corners of the world,” Mr. Van Ostenbridge says. “We feel honored and truly blessed to be able to contribute to their good works with our financial assistance.”
ASB maintains 12 banking locations in Hawthorne, Midland Park, Montville, Morristown, North Haledon, Pequannock, Ridgewood, Waldwick, and Westwood, and two offices are Wayne. The bank offers personalized solutions, including checking accounts, mortgages, and home-equity and auto loans, as well as a variety of services, such as online and mobile banking, ATMs, and the ASB app. Business customers can take advantage of commercial loans with localized decision-making and ASB’s Small Business Lending Program, which is streamlined to allow for expedited turnaround.
“Many customers ask why the term Stewardship appears in the bank’s name,” Mr. Van Ostenbridge says. “Stewardship is the act of managing another’s property or finances in a conservative and trustworthy manner. The best way to let people know that they can rely on us is to always be personally faithful to their needs, thereby fulfilling the bank’s promise of being ‘faithful to our customers.’ As the bank grows, so does our ability to help others.”
Wyckoff Family YMCA: Pillar of the community continues to nourish mind, body, and spirit
From its roots in 1944 as a small summer day-camp program at Spring Lake Park for children of World War II servicemen, the Wyckoff Family YMCA has grown exponentially to a 100,000-square-foot complex with branches in Franklin Lakes and Mahwah. Thanks to the foresight of the Board of Directors and to the leadership of Executive Director Joy K. Vottero and Associate Director Joyce Kwiatkowksi, the Y, with more than 10,000 members in North Jersey ranging in age from 2 months to 95 years, offers a tremendous range of health, wellness, social, and educational programming with an accent on “community.”
“Wyckoff Y members not only enjoy a beautiful facility, and health and wellness benefits, but they understand that they are part of a bigger picture,” Ms. Vottero says. “The Y is a deeply rooted non-profit organization committed to changing lives for the better in our community. We work every day to connect people from all backgrounds and support those who need us most, demonstrating the power of what we can achieve by giving back.”
The organization’s beginnings were humble; one modest building and an outdoor pool on Ward Avenue in Wyckoff was its home from 1955 until a long-term lease agreement was established with Wyckoff in 1979. Numerous expansions over the next several decades enabled an explosion of programs and services.
Today’s Wyckoff Y offers extensive services for children, from full-day child care, including one at CHCC, to before- and after-school care at 24 area schools to an extremely popular summer camp with more than 1,000 attendees annually.
Teens benefit from socialization, fitness, and volunteer opportunities. The Wyckoff Y’s Teen Leaders program develops leadership qualities, while The Bridge, the Y’s newest initiative for seventh and eighth graders, was created to arm teens with information about topics such as peer pressure, substance abuse, and nutrition.
The Y offers an array of special-needs program. Shining Star Express offers an art-therapy approach for special-needs children of all ages, Shining Star 21+ focuses on developing life and occupational skills for young adults, and Billy’s Buddies addresses the needs of children with Down syndrome and their families.
The needs of seniors are addressed through Active Older Adults. The program aims to keep them healthy and active through fitness, educational, and social events.
The Y’s newest endeavor is Wyckoff Y Cares, a fund incorporating many support systems which are integral to individuals facing the challenges of a critical illness or traumatic event. The fund helps families navigating turbulent journeys by offering financial support, rehabilitation services, respite care, transportation, child care, etc. to restore and maintain family balance.
“The Wyckoff Family Y exemplifies the phrase ‘healthy kids, healthy families, healthy communities,’ and strives to develop programs and facilities that our families need for their spirits, minds, and bodies,” Ms. Kwiatkowksi says. “We give back to the community in so many ways. No one is turned away for inability to pay. We subsidize many programs to make them affordable to all populations and we offer financial assistance for families in need in order to provide them with child care, summer camp, or other services they require in keeping their family on track.”
Dedication to our communities binds CHCC, ASB, and the Y.
“Along with Christian Health Care Center, Atlantic Stewardship Bank and the Wyckoff Family YMCA share a deep commitment to the well-being of our communities. The growth of our organizations has been guided by the needs of our neighbors,” says Douglas A. Struyk, CPA, LNHA, President and CEO of CHCC. “We present The David F. Bolger Award for Service and Leadership to individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional and inspiring levels of leadership, both personally and professionally, and with a level of service that puts others above themselves. Our honorees have demonstrated and delivered these qualities without expectation of any recognition. We are proud to honor them with this prestigious award.
“We are also proud to announce that in addition to the award, part of this year’s proceeds from A Celebration of Excellence will be dedicated to creating a new program at the Wyckoff Family YMCA in honor of ASB’s Tithing Program. Funds will be used to develop a program to educate, address, and ultimately help families in our communities affected by the opioid crisis.”
CHCC established The David F. Bolger Award for Service and Leadership in 2013. While it is not an annual practice to honor individuals or organizations, CHCC has identified and recognized key community leaders for their legacy of service, leadership, and commitment to our communities. The award is presented every fall during A Celebration of Excellence, CHCC’s largest fundraising event.