EDISON, NJ – As a means of giving back to the community and supporting local organizations such as the Edison Arts Society, Unity Bank has developed the U Care program, in which a $25 donation is made by the bank when a customer opens a new checking account.

On Tuesday, Rudie Matthijis, Vice President of the Oak Tree Branch of Unity Bank presented the president of the Edison Arts Society, Gloria Dittman, with a check for $1050. As a token of appreciation for the generous donation, the EAS honored Matthijis with a framed certificate recognizing Unity Bank's commitment to the Edison community.

“We are thrilled to be the recipient of Unity Bank's generosity,” Dittman stated upon receiving the check. “We are grateful to Rudie and Unity Bank for recognizing that financial support is needed in order for us to produce the quality programs that we have been able to offer to the public this year, such as Dance Unite, the art show at the Metuchen Inn as well as at Edison Municipal Hall, and “Nothin' Like a Dame.'”

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Matthijis explained that the corporate office of Unity Bank directed him to look at a number of worthy charities in Edison and choose one to be the beneficiary of the program.

“This is a real grass roots program. There are so many worthy organizations in the area,” Matthijis stated, “But after meeting Gloria, I just kept thinking about how important the arts are, and the fact that support for the arts tends to be very overlooked. I am not creative myself so I am amazed at people who are creative.”

The partnership between the Edison Arts Society and the Unity Bank will enable the EAS to begin planning for an active 2015-16 year of exciting programming. The first art offering of the year will be four classes in painting ceramic tile which will be given by Fernando Silva, a renowned local artist, who also believes in working to promote the community. The classes will occur on the four Saturdays in October. The cost is $10 per class per person. Classes will be held in Raritan Center. For further information call 732-548-9134.