Most people don’t think about how the borough is able to fund events like the summer concerts or the Independence Day Celebrations, especially in these fiscally challenging times.
In fact, the borough has not funded these events or the , , , or for the past several years. Instead, the local business community generously stepped in to provide the funding and manpower so that New Providence could continue to offer outstanding celebrations and activities for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.
“People don’t realize how much New Providence businesses do for our town,” said Jimmy Vardas, New Providence Business Community spokesman and owner of the . “We really want people to get a sense of what we do above and beyond providing great products and services and sponsoring New Providence events.” Those things include:
- Providing internships for students.
- Funding significant scholarships for New Providence High School students - $1,000 in 2011 and $2,000 in 2012!
- Giving generous donations for PTA events, local charities, clubs, school fundraisers, and community groups. Local businesses have given in excess of $100,000 annually for these causes.
- Providing part-time jobs and valuable hands-on training for students and graduates.
- Providing safe places for children to gather after school and during weekends. Because we are part of the community, we get to know you and your kids. Parents can have peace of mind knowing that their kids are nearby.
- Contributing to a vibrant downtown. By having thriving businesses, we create a flourishing business district, which attracts more customers and businesses to our town and provides a strong tax base.
- Improving and maintaining our properties, helping to protect all New Providence property values.
- Offering quality merchandise and services. New Providence businesses remain extremely price competitive, and offer superior service to our customers.
- Providing our time, skills, and materials for town projects and improvements. Centennial Park was made possible because of the generous donations from our business community and volunteers.
- Being aware of and involved in community issues. We’re not just business owners. We are also members of the community, so we have a vested interest in what’s happening in town.
“New Providence businesses are committed to giving back and supporting our community. We are eager to help and appreciate your patronage,” said Michelle Brugger, New Providence Business Community spokeswoman and owner of . “The next time you have a choice of where to shop, try a New Providence business first. You will not only be thanking us for supporting the town, but also accessing great products and services. Please support the businesses that support you, and shop New Providence!”