Community Initiative: Providing Basic Necessities to Individuals

Bridgeton’s ‘Code Blue’ program provides “warming centers” for homeless persons in the community needing temporary shelter from frigid overnight temperatures during the cold winter months. Warming centers, unlike full-time shelters, revolve operations among a few area churches and rely on volunteers and donations.

Century Savings Bank staff donated an array of personal care items, such as socks, gloves and hats to the program. The bank donated self activating heater meals, toiletry kits and travel backpacks, as well as funding for the purchase of cots.

Peter’s Pantry is a local food bank that serves our neighbors’ emergency needs. It acts as a stopgap for those awaiting public assistance and serves families that cannot make it to the end of the month. Century’s Elmer branch happily serves as a satellite drop off location.

Our Upper Deerfield location partners with the Bridgeton Rotary Club each year for its annual Food Drive, but when Century wanted to broaden the Club’s reach, we recruited several other area banks to join us and extended the donation program from November to March.

Our Mullica Hill and Gibbstown locations have played key roles in the United Way of Gloucester County’s Gloucester County Cares About Hunger Countywide Food Drive, and all branches acted as collection sites for Spirit & Truth Ministries from September – October.