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Marla Sabater named Community Service Sabbatical recipient in Rhode Island

Three-month paid leave is benefiting the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence

Providence, R.I.     (January 12, 2009) - Marla Sabater, branch manager at Citizens Bank’s Garfield Avenue Stop & Shop branch in Cranston, R.I., has been named the newest recipient of the company’s Community Service Sabbatical. Sabater began her sabbatical, a paid three-month paid leave on January 5 at the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, a violence prevention organization. This Providence organization operates the "Providence Streetworkers" – a team of acclaimed intervention and outreach workers who teach nonviolence in the schools, and train adults and youth in nonviolence through the "train the trainer" programs.  Sabater will return to Citizens in April 2009.

Sabater will work on the organization’s financial system and accounting procedures, and she will assist the Streetworkers in their daily tasks. She also will work on new programs for the Institute and will help with the coordination and planning of events. 

“We are deeply committed to making a real difference in the communities where we live and work,” said Joseph J. MarcAurele, President, Citizens Bank, Rhode Island. “Our sabbatical program is of particular value to the communities we serve. Our colleagues have the opportunity to spend three months making a significant impact on the lives of people served by local nonprofits like the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence. Marla will bring valuable experience to its program.”

Citizens’ Community Service Sabbatical program enables a company employee to work full-time in the community for three months and bring back to the workplace a greater appreciation of the social needs and challenges in the community at-large. More than 75 Citizens colleagues have been sent into their communities since the program began in 1994.

“The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence is thrilled for Marla to join our team and assist in our important nonviolence initiatives,” said Teny Gross, Executive Director of ISPN. “The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence and Citizens Bank have partnered together on numerous projects and the sabbatical program is just another example of how Citizens makes significant contributions to the community.”

The Institute’s mission is to teach by word and example the principles and practice of nonviolence, and to foster a community that addresses potentially violent situations with nonviolent solutions. For more information visit their website at http://www.nonviolenceinstitute.org/.

A Providence resident, Sabater has been a Citizens Bank colleague for six years.

About Citizens Bank

Citizens Bank is a division of RBS Citizens, N.A., operating its seven-state branch network in     Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. It has 77 branches and 150 ATMs in Rhode Island.

RBS Citizens, N.A. is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $161 billion commercial bank holding company headquartered in Providence, R.I. CFG’s two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 13-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. CFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in about 40 states. It is one of the 10 largest commercial banking companies in the United States ranked by assets and deposits. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc).