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Norris Square Civic Association named Champion in Action in Philadelphia for its work in affordable housing

Organization receives $25,000 grant and other benefits

PHILADELPHIA            (April 30, 2009) - Four of the region’s foremost corporate organizations announced today that Norris Square Civic Association is the latest nonprofit to be named a Champion in Action®. NSCA received the Champion in Action recognition because of its work in providing affordable housing and housing-counseling services. As a Champion in Action, Norris Square Civic Association will receive a $25,000 grant, media coverage, and extensive promotional and volunteer support over the next three months.

Champions in Action is an innovative program that provides various forms of support for small nonprofit organizations in recognition of their contributions to communities throughout the five-county Philadelphia area. Since the program’s inception in 2003, 21 Champions have been selected, including today’s announced recipient.

“Citizens Bank is pleased to join NBC 10, Greater Philadelphia Cares, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News and Philly.com in naming Norris Square Civic Association as our new Champion in Action,” said Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, Citizens Bank President and CEO for Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. “Founded in 1982 by women living in North Philadelphia who sought a better neighborhood environment for their families, Norris Square has a successful record of neighborhood revitalization that includes construction of affordable new housing and renovation of existing properties.”

“NBC 10 is proud to be a partner with the Champions in Action program,” said Dennis Bianchi, President and General Manager of NBC 10. “Strong partnerships and programs such as this allow us to demonstrate our community commitment, and give us the chance to thank local nonprofits, such as Norris Square Civic Association, that do so much good work in communities across our region. NSCA’s affordable housing services include pre-and post-purchase housing counseling and foreclosure prevention programs.”

“NSCA manages two large houses, 21 townhouses, 27 multi-bedroom apartments and 35 apartments for senior citizens,” said Carol Dooling, Director of Communications and Partnerships at The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and philly.com. “Norris Square is in the process of completing a $12 million, three block housing development for first-time homeowners with low- to moderate-incomes.”

“Volunteer support is essential to an organization such as Norris Square Civic Association,” said Renee Archawski, Executive Director of Greater Philadelphia Cares. “We can help identify and recruit volunteers who can assist with painting, landscaping and other neighborhood projects that will support Norris Square Civic Association’s mission.”

NSCA Executive Director Pat DiCarlo and her staff were notified today during a surprise visit at one of the agency’s service centers that occurred during a taping of the 10! Show on NBC 10.

As a Champion in Action, Norris Square Civic Association will receive: 

• A $25,000 contribution in unrestricted funds from the Citizens Bank Foundation.
• Media coverage from NBC 10, including public service announcements and profiles.
• Advertising space in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and on Philly.com to promote both the program and the organization.
• Volunteer support from Citizens Bank, NBC 10 and Greater Philadelphia Cares.
• Extensive public relations support.
• Promotional support, highlighting the Champion in Action in all Citizens Bank branches.
• Exposure on the Web sites of Citizens Bank, NBC 10 and Philly.com.
• Consulting and implementation services, provided by Greater Philadelphia Cares, to leverage volunteer support that enhances impact.

Applications are still being sought for a Champion in Action in the area of Community Arts. The submission deadline is July 17, 2009 and applications may be obtained online at www.citizensbank.com or www.nbc10.com or by calling the Citizens Bank Public Affairs Department at 267-671-1181.
 
About Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania

Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania is a state-chartered bank with dual headquarters in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. It has approximately 400 branches and more than 660 ATMs throughout Pennsylvania. It also operates 15 retail branches and 61 ATMs in southern New Jersey and a commercial loan office in Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $160 billion commercial bank holding company headquartered in Providence, R.I.

Citizens Financial Group, through its subsidiaries, has more than 1,500 branches, and approximately 3,600 ATMs and approximately 23,000 employees. CFG’s two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 12-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, 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. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc).

About NBC 10

NBC 10, one of 10 Owned & Operated NBC television stations, is located in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., a suburb of Philadelphia. Millions of viewers throughout Greater Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley, South Jersey and Delaware tune into NBC 10 everyday for the most up-to-date news, weather, sports, consumer, health and traffic reports. Viewers also tune in daily to watch “The 10! Show,” an upbeat, one-hour lifestyle and entertainment show featuring local, national and internationally known celebrities. The program airs Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. Recognized as the No. 1 Web site (www.nbcphiladelphia.com ) in the top 50 markets, NBCphiladelphia.com received the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award.

About Philadelphia Media Holdings

Philadelphia Media Holdings, LLC, is the leading media company in the Philadelphia region. Privately held and locally owned, PMH is the owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, philly.com, related online products and several community newspapers. Philly.com is the region’s #1 local media Web site, with more than 4.5 million unique visitors each month. Together with The Inquirer, the region’s most-read daily newspaper, and the Daily News, the #1 tab newspaper in the region, Philadelphia Media Holdings, LLC, reaches almost 2.5 million unduplicated people each week.

About Greater Philadelphia Cares

An award-winning nonprofit, Greater Philadelphia Cares is committed to empowering individuals to realize their ability to contribute to the community in meaningful ways. By providing a variety of flexible, tangible volunteer opportunities, Greater Philadelphia Cares is continuously enhancing the ability for volunteers to serve the community.

About Norris Square Civic Association

Norris Square Civic Association is a grassroots, community-based development corporation founded in 1982 by a group of community women. NSCA is dedicated to neighborhood revitalization and empowerment. The Norris Square neighborhood extends from Berks Street (south) to Lehigh Avenue (north) and from Front Street (east) to Fifth Street (west). The Norris Square Civic Association Web site is www.nscaphila.org