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Habitat Bergen Accepts Donation from Commerce and Industry Association of NJ

Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County’s Board Vice President, Keith Lesser, graciously accepted a donation, on behalf of Habitat Bergen, from the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) on October 9, 2013 at the CIANJ conference entitled, “New Jersey: Resilient and Rebuilding.”


The purpose of the conference was to examine how the state has fared since Super Storm Sandy struck a year ago. There was a special focus on the challenges faced by the business community. CIANJ brought together state and federal leaders to discuss how the storm impacted the state’s economy and what services are available to help businesses still struggling in the aftermath of Sandy. As part of the program, CIANJ also honored Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County and several volunteers and businesses that reached out to help victims immediately after the storm and continue to provide assistance as they rebuild. 

Among those on the conference panel were Joseph Fiordaliso, Commissioner of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, Ed Voigt, Chief of Public and Legislative Affairs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and George Vallone, Executive Officer for the New Jersey Builders Association. The panel also featured Matthew Boxer, State Comptroller for the Office of the State Comptroller and Linda Kellner, Director of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

During the luncheon portion of the conference, several members and volunteers were honored for their support of CIANJ and local rebuilding efforts. Keith Lesser is a partner at S&L Architecture of Hackensack, a member of CIANJ, Board Vice President for Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County and the Committee Chair of the Habitat Bergen Site Selection/Construction Committee. Keith was the representative for Habitat Bergen at this conference and was thrilled to accept the donation from CIANJ. Inserra Supermarkets, Regina Coyle and Ridgewood Movers were also honored for their work helping Super Storm Sandy victims.

CIANJ President John Galandak said, “As a business advocacy organization we often work in collaboration with partners to improve the business climate of our state. In making a donation to Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County, we know we are investing in an organization that will provide great benefits for our state.”

“We are so thankful to CIANJ for this donation which will help our repair and rehabilitation efforts in Little Ferry, especially the elderly who don't have the ability or resources anymore,” said Keith Lesser, Habitat Bergen Board Vice President.

“Keith has been a major asset to our affiliate and we are grateful that he could accept this donation on our behalf,” said Jacey Raimondo, Executive Director for Habitat Bergen. “CIANJ’s donation will greatly benefit our Sandy restoration program.”

For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County, contact Nicole Murray at nicolem@habitatbergen.org , or call 201.457.1020.

About Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County
The goal of Habitat Bergen is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the face of the earth by working in partnership with people in need.  Using volunteer labor and donated funds and materials, Habitat Bergen builds or rehabilitates simple, decent houses and sells them to low-income families at cost, but with no interest added. Habitat Bergen is a people-to-people partnership, which joins all of us together regardless of race, nationality, religion, or socioeconomic status. That partnership begins with the homeowner families (partner families).  Habitat Bergen is not a giveaway program, but a joint venture in which those who benefit from the housing ministry are involved in the work at various levels. They help with the construction of their own home, as well as the houses of their neighbors.

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