New Bank Program Helps Philippines

New York Community Bancorp Inc. and its subsidiaries last week announced the establishment of the NYCB Cares 2013 Philippines Disaster Relief Fund, to help the victims of Typhoon Naiyan.

The NYCB family of banks will coordinate the effort to enable its employees and customers to easily and effectively make donations. The bank has committed to matching the donations it receives.

“We understand the devastation Typhoon Haiyan has caused, especially since this comes on the heels of the wildfires in Arizona and a year after [Superstorm] Sandy – both of which occurred in communities we serve and live in,” NYCB CEO Joseph Ficalora said. “NYCB has always been committed to service, and as a good global citizen, we also believe in supporting those facing disasters beyond our own footprint.“

Ficalora noted in a press release sent last week that the company hopes to provide more than $100,000 to support relief efforts in the Philippines.

“The funds we raise and match will be contributed to the Salvation Army, which has a long history of providing long-term relief after natural disasters,” he said.

Donations to the NYCB Cares Matching Fund can be made at any of the NYCB Family of Bank’s 270-plus branches in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Florida and Arizona. Donations will be collected through Dec. 13.

For information, or to find the branch nearest you, visit www.myNYCB.com and www.NewYorkCommercialBank.com.