fcs church dwight readingLong Branch, NJ, October 14, 2016 – FCS (Family & Children’s Service), Monmouth County’s oldest, private nonprofit social service agency recently received a $7,000 grant from the Church & Dwight Employee Giving Fund, Inc.

(EGF) to benefit the agency’s Reading Buddies program, an intergenerational childhood literacy program serving more than 1,600 area school children.

Dominic Mascolo, a senior financial analyst with Church & Dwight Co., Inc. and the son of FCS CFO Anna DeJesus, presented the award to FCS CEO Delly Beekman 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 its employees, more children will be able to benefit from our highly successful Reading Buddies program.”

FCS Reading Buddies 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.  The program currently serves more than 1,600 students in Kindergarten through Second grade in 19 Monmouth County public elementary schools. Reading Buddies has the added benefit of providing meaningful volunteer experiences for seniors through the Retired Senior Volunteer  and Program. Volunteers use the knowledge 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.

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.

To learn amore about FCS and its 14 diverse programs and services focused on the needs of multiple at-risk populations, visit www.fcsmonmouth.org.