Richmond County Savings Foundation donates $250K to fund community organizations

Richmond County Savings Foundation donates $250K to fund community organizations

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Richmond County Savings Foundation (RCSF) donated $250,000 to various Staten Island community organizations. Cesar Claro of RCSF, center, is flanked by some of the 2015 grant recipients. (Courtesy of RCSF)
By Melinda Gottlieb |
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on March 03, 2015 at 2:45 PM, updated March 04, 2015 at 2:44 PM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — On Tuesday, the Richmond County Savings Foundation (RCSF) provided $250,000 to fund a variety of community programs serving thousands of Staten Islanders. The checks were presented during a ceremony held at the Foundation’s Bloomfield headquarters.

RCSF was established in 1998 as part of the conversion of the Richmond County Savings Bank, now a division of New York Community Bank, to a public company. To date, RCSF has provided nearly $56 million in funding to not-for-profit organizations serving the communities in which the bank operates.

Receiving the grants were:

Neighborhood Housing Services of Staten Island ($25,000) to support theSustainable Staten Island Green & Healthy Homes Initiative which provides a coordinated and comprehensive approach to preventing diseases and injuries that result from housing-related hazards and deficiencies.

Staten Island Community Charter School ($15,000) to fund the Encore Academic Intervention & Enrichment Program which provides in-school critical intervention for students who are behind their grade level.

Staten Island Legal Services ($25,000) to support the Domestic Violence Projectwhich protects victims of domestic violence by providing assistance in obtaining orders of protection, custody of children, child support and divorce.

Greenbelt Conservancy ($70,000) for their project that will install eco-friendly pathways and walkways surrounding the Greenbelt Nature Center to provide improved accessibility to visitors.

St. Joseph Hill Academy ($40,000) for the Hill Recreation Facility currently under construction that will provide a safe and secure area for physical education classes, sports teams, student recess and summer camp children.

Good Counsel ($25,000) for the renovation and reopening of their Staten Island Home located in Rosebank. The home provides supportive residential care and community-based services for homeless, expectant, and new mothers and their children.

Northfield Community LDC ($25,000) to provide program support for the Renewal and Resiliency Initiative. This program counsels homeowners affected by Hurricane Sandy on recovery options, including guiding people through difficult financial decisions, issues with building code, permit applications, zoning, design and resiliency-related issues for buildings in Sandy-affected neighborhoods.

RCSF Food Pantry Program which provides ongoing support to Staten Island food pantries. An aggregate total of $25,000 will be given to the following food pantries: The Staten Island Seventh Day Adventist Church; St. Mary of the Assumption; New Direction Services; Reformed Church of Prince’s Bay, and Mesivtha of Staten Island.

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Cesar Claro of the Richmond County Savings Foundation (RCSF), second from left, presented donations to grantees in RCSF’s Food Pantry Program: Rabbi Shloma Eidelman of Mesivtha of Staten Island; Alicia Weise of Reformed Church of Prince’s Bay; and Annette Esposito of St. Mary of the Assumption Church. (Courtesy of RCSF)