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Dress for Success Pittsburgh is new Champion in Action

Agency receives $25,000 grant, volunteer and promotional support

PITTSBURGH              (July 21, 2009) - Citizens Bank and WPXI-TV today named Dress for Success Pittsburgh as their third quarter Champion in Action® under the category of financial literacy. Dress for Success Pittsburgh, which provides a continuum of support for women as they make the transition from welfare to economic independence, will receive a $25,000 grant from the Citizens Bank Foundation, and extensive volunteer and promotional support from Citizens Bank, WPXI-TV and Pittsburgh Cares.

“Citizens Bank is pleased to join WPXI-TV in naming Dress for Success Pittsburgh as our newest Champion in Action,” said Ralph J. Papa, Chairman of Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. “Under the leadership of Executive Director Leah Lizarondo Shannon, this tremendous organization promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by helping them gain and retain meaningful employment.”

“As an organization committed to the community, WPXI-TV is proud to partner with Citizens Bank to honor Dress for Success Pittsburgh,” said Ray Carter, WPXI-TV’s general manager. “On behalf of WPXI, I congratulate the leadership, staff and volunteers of Dress for Success Pittsburgh. Through their hard work and dedication they help women who are facing a challenging life transition and need assistance to take the next step toward self-sufficiency.”

Through Champions in Action, Citizens Bank and WPXI-TV recognize and support nonprofit organizations for the contributions these groups make to communities in the Pittsburgh region. A new Champion in Action is selected each quarter among a range of social service areas.

As a Champion in Action, Dress for Success Pittsburgh will receive:
• $25,000 contribution in unrestricted funds from the Citizens Bank Foundation.
• Media coverage from WPXI-TV, including public service announcements and TV profile.
• Volunteer support from Pittsburgh Cares and Citizens and WPXI-TV employees.
• Extensive public relations support.
• Promotional support, highlighting the organization in all Citizens Bank branches.
• Exposure on both Citizens Bank and WPXI-TV Web sites.

What makes Dress for Success Pittsburgh a Champion in Action?
• Founded in 2005, Dress for Success Pittsburgh promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional
  attire, a network of support and career development tools designed to help women thrive in the workplace and in life.
• Women making the transition from unemployment to work face many challenges including handling personal finances. Women affected
  personal financial struggles often cannot participate fully in the workplace putting them at risk for job loss. Through the Dress for Success
  Professional Women’s Group, newly employed women can participate in group sessions that provide the information they need to take
  charge of their personal finances as they learn about budgeting, basic banking and credit repair.
• The Dress for Success Professional Women’s Group is focused on specific financial literacy and job retention workshops and networking 
  as a career development tool for women re-entering the workforce. The program takes a practical and comprehensive approach to moving
  low-income women toward financial and emotional self-sufficiency by addressing social and economic needs in relation to work, home
  and community.

“We are honored to be recognized as a Champion in Action,” said Leah Lizarondo Shannon, Executive Director of Dress for Success Pittsburgh. “Women transitioning into the workplace face many challenges. At Dress for Success Pittsburgh, we can provide the tools they need to find and retain a job, supporting them in their journey toward economic independence.”

In addition to Dress for Success Pittsburgh, the following organizations have been selected as Champions in Action since the program was introduced in western Pennsylvania in 2004: Wilkinsburg Community Ministry, Aliquippa Alliance for Unity and Development, Beginning with Books, The Neighborhood Academy, HEARTH, Human Services Center Corporation, Washington Community Arts and Cultural Center, Rainbow Kitchen Community Services, Sojourner House MOMS, Little Sisters of the Poor, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Health Hope Network, YouthPlaces, the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, Oakland Planning and Development Corporation, Family Tyes, and NeighborWorks®, Paul Laurence Dunbar Community Center, and Light of Life Rescue Mission.

To learn more about Dress for Success Pittsburgh, located at 332 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor, visit .www.dressforsuccesspittsburgh.org.

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 $167 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 WPXI

WPXI-TV is a Cox Television station in the Pittsburgh television market. Cox Television includes 15 television stations, three national television sales representation firms, a television production company, and a Washington, D.C. news office. Cox Television is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, Inc., based in Atlanta. WPXI-TV’s Web site is wpxi.com.

About Pittsburgh Cares

Pittsburgh Cares, founded in 1992, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing community engagement through volunteerism and enhancing the impact of regional service partners. In 2006-07, Pittsburgh Cares coordinated more than 950 volunteer projects. Pittsburgh Cares volunteer network has provided more than 44,500 hours of service over the past year and with an average of 217 new volunteers per month, our impact continues to grow stronger. Pittsburgh Cares coordinates three specialized programs: Youth Engaged in Service (YES), Campus Cares, and Business Cares. YES is an outreach program that connects youth under 18 year of age to volunteer opportunities. Campus Cares works with the local college community including Greek Life, student organizations, individual students, and faculty/staff to connect them to a wide variety of volunteer and service-learning opportunities. Business Cares coordinates employee volunteer programming for small, mid-size and large companies in Greater Pittsburgh through customized contracts. For more information on Pittsburgh Cares, please log onto www.pittsburghcares.org or call 412-471-2114.