Q & A with our WaveMaker of the Month – Nina Anuario

March 7, 2019

We’re pleased to highlight our OceanFirst Bank colleagues who are making a difference with the Foundation’s nonprofit community partners – we call them the “WaveMakers” and they are extraordinary leaders and volunteers.

When did you join the OceanFirst team?

After working for Wachovia I wanted to work for a bank that really cared about the community it served and I wanted a territory that was close to home.

I knew about the newly created OceanFirst Foundation and I thought I could link up with the Foundation in some way to help make a change in our community and at the same time I could use it as a business development tool.

What’s it like to be a volunteer?

I love working with an organization that helps people and working side by side with other committed parties to get the job done in a big way. I’ve learned so much about our local needs and utilizing the relationships that I’ve built to help find solutions.  It may not be money. It could be using the talents of our County Vocational School to “Feed the Need” at Thanksgiving by cooking food donated by the local food pantry. Or singing Christmas songs with Ladacin clients or attending a bowl a thon to raise money for The ARC.  The stories are endless and I am forever enriched by being a part of the greater good.

Why do you volunteer/donate?

My Godmother was a very kind, perceptive, gentle soul and she always told me that doing for others…quietly..would mean that when someone in your family may need something there would be someone doing something for them. She said you never ask for yourself… So true.

What do you love about volunteering?

I love the feeling of accomplishment of a job well done.  By well-done I mean that we supported the need and you know there are real results. I love it when we take the burden of someone, even if for a short time and make things better.

As a volunteer, what sort of trends do you see?

The needs are growing and I am always amazed that there is always someone to step up. I associate with true volunteers who give time money and talent…quietly.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?

Do it…Do it as much as you can. The lessons learned and the

friendships formed are priceless!!!!

When your friends/family find out that you are a volunteer, what do they say or ask?

They all know I volunteer…and I encourage them to do it as well with me. No stone unturned.

What motivates you to stay involved?

It’s now become part of me and I look forward to our next challenge. I want to be part of the solution in some small way.

How has volunteering helped your business development?

I find the opportunities are endless and because of my volunteering and the OceanFirst Foundation I have been blessed with incredible business development wins.

Does anyone in your life play a role in supporting your involvement? In providing inspiration?

My friends and family are all enablers. My dear deceased friend Lucy Greene, Former President of the Toms River Ocean County Chamber of Commerce was instrumental in encouraging me to get involved. It started in 1979 with the Chamber then to the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, OMC, OCC, OCVTS, and many others that I’ve been involved with. Just when you think you don’t need another assignment…your back in the game with both feet…Its all good!!!

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