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From left: Christine Mattera, Crest Savings Bank Marketing Officer; and Brooke Knapick, Director of Educational Program at The Wetlands Institute.

Crest Savings Bank recently presented The Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, NJ, with proceeds from its Casual 4 a Cause initiative. The bank's fundraising committee voted to assign the environmental non-profit as the recipient of funds raised throughout the second quarter of 2019. The funds will be used to help support the Institute's Environmental Education programs which are offered to over 12,000 children and young adults each year.

Casual 4 a Cause is a program that encourages employees of the bank to make a donation in exchange for the opportunity to wear jeans on Fridays. Although donations are voluntary, employees of the bank have shown enthusiasm in supporting the program which has raised nearly $6,000 this past year alone, including the bank's donation match.

Supporting education is a staple of Crest Savings Bank's core values. We believe that the work of organizations like The Wetlands Institute is crucial to the development of the youth of our community. Helping children make connections with their environment and teaching them to be responsible stewards of natural resources is an important step in their education. The Wetlands Institute has a 50-year history of providing memorable experiences with their "hands-on, feet wet" approach.