Women Helping Women: Investors Bank Female Employees Team Up
with Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity for a Women’s Build

June 11, 2019

Investors Bank has long supported Habitat for Humanity through grants administered by its Investors Foundation and Roma Bank Community Foundation. Recently, employees of Investors Bank branches in Camden and Gloucester counties furthered their support of the nonprofit by participating in a build in Glassboro, N.J. – and female employees led the way.


Eight Investors employees – seven of them women – participated in the Women’s Build with the Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity, which helped with the construction of a home for a single mother in Glassboro. The nonprofit previously partnered with Lowe’s to invite teams of women to help with builds in a set timeframe. The positive feedback from each Women’s Build prompted the nonprofit to make it a reoccurring event.


“It’s an empowering experience to know that we can use tools and we can help each other, especially when we come together,” said Cathy Bratek, resource development director with Habitat for Humanity. “It’s women helping women.”


Courtney Bongard, Investors Bank assistant vice president and Sewell branch manager, organized the Investors team to participate in the Glassboro Women’s Build. She learned about the opportunity during a check presentation ceremony to deliver grant funding to the Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity on behalf of the Investors Foundation.


“We have been supporting Habitat for Humanity for years through our foundations, but this was a wonderful opportunity for us to work together to support this great organization on a different level, and also to support the homeowner, who is a woman living in a community we serve,” said Bongard.


About 90 percent of each home constructed by Habitat for Humanity is done by volunteers, and most of the materials used are donated. On the Glassboro build, many of the Investors employees worked on the inside of the house, painting all of the interior walls. Others put up siding and constructed a deck from start to finish.


“We love giving back, but we also appreciate the opportunity this gives us to build our team, especially since we had four to five branches represented at this build,” said Anthony Mannello, senior branch manager for the Pitman and Williamstown branches.


Pictured from left to right are Investors Bank employees participating in a Women’s Build with Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity: Dawn Melchiorre, of Clayton, N.J., CSA supervisor for Glassboro branchAnthony Mannello, of Maple Shade, N.J., senior branch manager for Pitman and Williamstown branchesSandy Broughton, of Jackson, N.J, vice presidentLauren Shields, of Blackwood, N.J., personal banker at Maple Shade branchAlicia Noce, Mt. Ephraim, N.J., assistant branch manager of Maple Shade branchAshley Piontek, of Glassboro, N.J., CSA 1 for Pitman branchLauren DiJoseph, of Washington Twp., N.J., CSA supervisor for Pitman branchand Courtney Bongard, of Sewell, N.J., assistant vice president and manager for Sewell branch.


About the Investors Foundation

Investors Bank created the Investors Foundation in 2005 to support the communities Investors Bank serves. The Investors Foundation supports initiatives in the arts, youth development, health and human services, education and affordable housing. The Investors Foundation works to improve the lives of its customers and neighbors.



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Investors Bank, headquartered in Short Hills, New Jersey, is a full-service community bank that has been serving customers since 1926. With over $26 billion in assets and a network of more than 145 retail branches, Investors Bank delivers personalized services and products tailored to the needs of its customers. Investors Bank’s banking services include complete deposit, loan and cash management products for consumers and businesses.


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