Pathways, a program of The Connection in Summit, receives a $10,000 donation from The Provident Bank Foundation, funding which will support of one of its keystone programs – Pathways Cooks.

Selected due to its direct impact in serving the community, Pathways Cooks prepares and delivers organic, nutrient-dense and delicious meals free of charge to women undergoing cancer treatment and their families throughout Summit, Maplewood, Union, Scotch Plains, Westfield and many other towns in the area.

Women with cancer who are too ill to shop and cook for themselves and their families can instead focus on healing.  Approximately 35 volunteers prepare the meals at The Connection and deliver them straight to the doors of women in need each week. Many volunteers are cancer survivors themselves and enjoy the camaraderie of working together and the opportunity to make meaning of their cancer experiences.   

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Paula Palermo, VP/Market Manager-Provident Bank, Ann Karr, Pathways coordinator, Fran Lapinski, Pathways volunteer, Lesley Andrews, Pathways Director, Jane Kurek (ED-PBF) The Provident Bank Foundation, Wendy Graeb, The Connection Executive Director, amd Jayne Grapel, Director of Grants and Special Projects at The Connection, were all on hand for the donation ceremony.

The Provident Bank Foundation was established in 2003 by Provident Bank to enhance the quality of life in the region through support of not-for-profit groups, institutions, schools and other 501(c)(3) organizations that provide services in communities served by the Bank.

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