TD Charitable Foundation Funds Unique Mentoring Program

CFS' Qrew's Nest positively impacts Camden and Trenton children
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Contact: Jennifer Hammill, Director Community Relations             
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October 15, 2013- CAMDEN-Camden City based non-profit Center For Family Services (CFS) was recently awarded $25,000 by the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank® to support its Qrew’s Nest program; an initiative within their Quixote Quest program, a community-based, direct service-learning program that engages high school teens in meaningful volunteer service.

“This generous funding from TD Charitable Foundation will strengthen our ability to create meaningful change in the lives of children and families in Camden City and Trenton, NJ through our Qrew’s Nest mentoring and tutoring program,” says Richard Stagliano, President/CEO of CFS.

Qrew’s Nest is a unique mentoring program that creates a supportive community for economically disadvantaged elementary school students. Through Qrew’s Nest, children from Camden and Trenton are mentored and tutored by Quixote Quest high school teens over the course of a school year. For two hours each week, the children are encouraged to love reading and experience fun through math games. The effort to strengthen the child’s academics is enhanced by the fact that each high school teen mentor (the Big) forms a special relationship with one child (the Little) through special mentoring moments and reinforcing incentives.

“The power of this relationship does more than tutor,” says Frank McGough, Program Director of Quixote Quest. “It inspires the children to aspire to greater things.”

The positive impact of the Qrew’s Nest program is tangibly aligned with TD Bank’s goal of creating meaningful change through tutoring and mentorship. According to a recent study conducted by Big Brothers, Big Sisters, children who are mentored are 52% less likely to skip school, 46% less likely to use illegal drugs, 32% less likely to exhibit violent behavior and 27% less likely to drink alcohol. Additionally, students who are mentored experience a 3% increase in grades and a 4% increase in overall academic competency.

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About Center For Family Services
Center For Family Services is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and empower individuals, families, and communities to achieve a better life through vision, hope, and strength. It is their vision that all people lead capable, responsible, fulfilled lives in strong families and healthy communities.
A staunch commitment to active involvement in the local community is a vital element of the TD Bank philosophy. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank® and the TD Charitable Foundation provide support to affordable housing, financial literacy and education, and environmental initiatives, many of which focus on improving the welfare of children and families.

About the TD Charitable Foundation
The TD Charitable Foundation is funded by TD Bank N.A., which operates as TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, and is one of the 10 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. The Foundation's mission is to serve the individuals, families and businesses in all the communities where TD Bank operates, having made $89.2 million in charitable donations since its inception in 2002. The Foundation’s areas of focus are affordable housing, financial literacy and education, and the environment. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation, including an online grant application, is available at www.TDBank.com.

About TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®
TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing nearly 8 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at nearly 1300 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth®, and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., and Portland, Maine. To learn more, visit www.tdbank.com. Find TD Bank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDMoneyLoungeUS and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US.

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