FCS Reading Buddies, an inter-generational childhood literacy program serving more than 1,600 area school children, today received a generous grant of $7,000 from the Church & Dwight Employee Giving Fund, Inc. (EGF) to enhance and expand the program. Dominic Mascolo, a senior financial analyst and the son of FCS CFO Anna DeJesus, presented the award to FCS CEO Delly Beekman today on behalf of the company.
“We are most grateful for the continued support of Church & Dwight,” Ms. Beekman commented. “Thanks to the generous contributions of their employees to FCS Reading Buddies, more children will be able to benefit from this highly successful volunteer program.”
The Church & Dwight EGF is the workplace giving program of Church & Dwight Co., Inc. It supports charitable organizations in New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania, the region where the company’s corporate headquarters is located and where many employees reside. A 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, the EGF is supported by employees’ contributions, which are matched dollar for dollar by Church & Dwight. Employees then select charitable organizations to receive the donations. For the past four years, Church & Dwight has contributed a total of $26,000 to FCS programs and services including Healthy Buddies and Operation Sleighbells.
FCS Reading Buddies, the beneficiary of this year’s grant, engages more than 170 senior volunteers in the classroom to improve childhood literacy skills and reading proficiency, and cultivate an appreciation of literature among at-risk children. Reading Buddies currently serves more than 1,600 students in Kindergarten through Second grade in 19 Monmouth County public elementary schools. The program has an added benefit in that many Reading Buddies volunteers are retired and now find fulfillment by utilizing the skills and experiences they have acquired during their lives to mentor the children to whom they read, inspire them to learn, and engage them in a continuing quest for knowledge.