The Township of North Bergen has partnered with Lowe’s Home Improvement to renovate the NB CARES office, with the latter donating $10,000 in time and materials.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Provided through the Lowe’s Hero Project, the renovations are valued at approximately $10,000 and all work and materials were provided by Lowe’s at no cost to North Bergen taxpayers.
The result is a new space for NB CARES, a program within township government that provides food, clothing and supplies to residents struck by fires and other disasters and participates in many community events.
“This is an example of great corporate citizenship when a business like Lowe’s goes out of its way to give back to our community,” state Senator (D-32)/Mayor Nick Sacco said in a statement.
“On behalf of the Board of Commissioners, I thank Lowe’s for their generosity and I look forward to the NB CARES program being able to provide even greater services to North Bergen residents in need.”
The renovation work took approximately two weeks and involved installing and leveling a new floor, repairing the concrete and holes in the wall, repainting the walls, building and installing platforms to level the shelving units, providing building supplies and organization of hand tools.
Additionally, Lowe’s provided additional shelving units and totes for better storage and organization as well as supplies for the Relief Center (water, mops, brooms, cleaning products, detergent, etc.)
“Lowe’s of North Bergen and Jersey City were proud to partner with a wonderful program like NB CARES that is doing so many great things in the community,” added Human Resources Manager at Lowe’s of North Bergen Clarissa Arnao.
“Giving back is part of our culture at Lowe’s and we hope that this new space will help Mayor Sacco and his team continue to serve North Bergen so well.”
The NB CARES program was founded in 2013 as “North Bergen Emergency Relief” when a major fire displaced dozens of residents in North Bergen.
The program was expanded in 2016 and renamed NB CARES and since then it has grown to become a major part of the township’s efforts to provide assistance to residents in need and to support community events and organizations.
“We will be able to do even more to help people in North Bergen with this beautiful new space that is conveniently located right in Town Hall,” stated NB CARES Coordinator Aimee Focaraccio.
“I’m very thankful to Lowe’s for partnering with us and especially to Mayor Sacco and the Commissioners for always going above and beyond for North Bergen.”