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Art Programs at Community Access Unlimited Get a Boost from Investors Bank’s Foundation Grant

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Elizabeth, NJ – Oct. 17, 2019 – A variety of inclusive multidisciplinary arts programs offered by Community Access Unlimited (CAU) will be supported in part by a grant of $5,000 from the Investors Foundation.

A musical, cabaret show, collaborative concert with Kean University and other performing arts events offer creative opportunities to the people CAU serves and friends in the community each year. Courses at the Academy for Continuing Education include jewelry and craft making, fine arts, musical expression, theatre and more to help people with disabilities express themselves and reach their fullest academic potential. The agency also provides outings engaging with the arts.

CAU is a Union County-based, statewide nonprofit that strives to integrate people with disabilities and at-risk youth into the general community through comprehensive supports.

“We thank the Investors Foundation for this grant, which will impact the creative engagement of our members as they build skills in the arts,” said CAU Executive Director Bernadette Griswold

CAU’s arts program is more than 14 years old, and theater arts were introduced in 2012 with a pilot production of Seussical the Musical. The production was open to the general community and quickly grew into a troupe of more than 60 performers and crew members (with and without disabilities) known today as the CAU Community Players. The musical is a major event each spring, and is expected to draw about 1,000 spectators in 2020. Yearly, roughly 125 people with disabilities participate in the multidisciplinary arts at CAU.

“Arts programs are critically important to the health and well-being of communities,” said Investors Bank Chairman and CEO Kevin Cummings. “Investors Bank is proud to support Community Access Unlimited in its efforts to ensure people with disabilities and at-risk youth have a creative voice.”

To learn more about CAU, visit www.caunj.org or follow the agency on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Community Access Unlimited

Community Access Unlimited (CAU), celebrating its 40th year in 2019, supports people with special needs in achieving real lives in the community. CAU provides support and gives voice to adults and youth who traditionally have little power in society. CAU helps people with housing, life skills, employment, money management, socialization and civic activities. CAU also supports opportunities for advocacy through training in assertiveness, decision-making and civil rights. CAU currently serves more than 5,000 individuals and families, with the number served growing each year. For more information about CAU and its services, contact us by phone at 908.354.3040, online at www.caunj.org or by mail at 80 West Grand Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202.

About Investors Bank

Investors Bank, headquartered in Short Hills, New Jersey, is a full-service community bank that has been serving customers since 1926. With over $27 billion in assets and a network of more than 145 retail branches, Investors Bank delivers personalized services and products tailored to the needs of its customers. Investors Bank’s services include complete deposit, loan and cash management products for consumers and businesses. Investors Bank. Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender.

About the Investors Foundation

Investors Bank created the Investors Foundation in 2005 to support the communities Investors Bank serves. Investors Foundation supports initiatives in the arts, youth development, health and human services, education and affordable housing.  Investors Foundation works to improve the lives of its customers and neighbors.

 

For more information, please visit https://www.myinvestorsbank.com/Community/Investors-Foundation