DECEMBER 1, 2009

Teaneck Armory Job Fair serves hundreds of New Jersey Veterans

The event, sponsored by OritaniBank Charitable Foundation, connected veterans with employers like PSE&G, Prudential, and NJ Transit. Organizations like NJ Shares were there to offer support services for veterans in need, while many educational institutions distributed information about degrees programs and enrollment information.

TEANECK, NJ - The G.I. Go Fund joined with OritaniBank Charitable Foundation to host the Teaneck Armory Employment, Education, and Support Services Expo to assist transitioning veterans as well as veterans of previous generations. The event was held at the historic Teaneck Armory, where 80 exhibitors were visited by more than 400 veterans.

The event, sponsored by OritaniBank Charitable Foundation, connected veterans with employers like PSE&G, Prudential, and NJ Transit. Organizations like NJ Shares were there to offer support services for veterans in need, while many educational institutions distributed information about degrees programs and enrollment information.

“The community is reaching out to our veterans,” said G.I. Go Fund Deputy Director Alexander Manis. “They are here to offer new opportunities and hope to veterans and families during these economically challenging times and we, as an organization, are extremely grateful for that.”

The employers that participated in the expo were Oritani Bank, New Jersey State Police, PSE&G, Prudential, NJ Department of Corrections, Port Authority of NY and NJ, DISH Network, TD Bank, NY State Troopers, NJ Transit, Cintas Corporation, U.S. Customs & Border Patrol, Johnson & Johnson, Quest Diagnostics, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Crestron Electronics, AlliedBarton, UMDNJ, Armed Forces Benefit Association, Parsons Corporation, Shore , Insulation, Inc., Primerica, United States Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Firmenich Inc., Pearson, Graybar Electric Co., United Water, Shoprite of Passaic (Paulison Ave.), Cambridge Security, Prepaid Legal, US Army Recruiting Station, Prudential Insurance Sales, Seton Hall ROTC, Military Personnel Services.

The Educational Institutions and trade schools that participated in the expo were Stevens Institute of Technology, Felician College, NJ Guard Training Academy, Mobile Technical Training, Bergen Community College, Berkeley College, NJASCU, Farleigh Dickenson University, Monmouth University, Fox Institute of Business, Bloomfield College, University of Phoenix, Centenary College Lincoln Educational Services, Institute for Therapeutic Massage, Caldwell College, Peirce College, DeVry University, Mobile Technical Training, Eastwick Education, Drexel, Thomas Edison State College.

The government agencies and organizations that participated were the Bergen County Vet Services, Small Business Administration, VA NJ Health Care, NJ Talking Book and Braille Center, Wounded Warrior Project, New Jersey Department of Military and Veteran Affairs, SCORE, Social Security Administration, NJ Captioned Telephone Service, CACI, Council on Compulsive Gambling, NJ HMFA, Office of U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, SW Unlimited LLC., NJ Shares, Operation Chillout, The Congressional Glaucoma Association, Edison Job Corp Academy, Internal Revenue Service.

The OritaniBank Charitable Foundation was established in 2007 to assist not-for-profit organizations that help to improve the quality of life for residents in Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic counties. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated close to a million dollars to local charitable organizations, primarily in support of education, health & human services, youth programs, and affordable housing.

Oritani Bank is a 98 year old community bank with over $1.8 billion in assets, based in the Township of Washington, New Jersey. Oritani Bank is a publicly held Mutual Holding Company trading on the NASDAQ with the trading symbol "ORIT." Oritani Bank has 21 branches throughout Bergen, Hudson and Passaic Counties, and offers a full line of deposit and loan services to both retail and commercial customers. For more information, call 888-ORITANI, or visit their website, www.oritani.com.