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Amos House named Champion in Action in Rhode Island in the workforce development category

Nonprofit agency receives unrestricted $25,000 grant, PR and volunteer support

Providence, R.I.   (January 12, 2010) - Citizens Bank, Rhode Island and NBC 10 today named Amos House in Providence as their 2010 first quarter Champion in Action® in the workforce development category. As part of the award, Amos House will receive a $25,000 grant, media coverage and extensive promotional and volunteer support for its outstanding work.

The grant will be used for job training and employment for those in need in our community.  Since its inception 34 years ago, Amos House’s mission has grown to become a national model for workforce development.  Amos House has created innovative job training programs that work in conjunction with supportive social services.

“Citizens Bank is pleased to name Amos House as the newest Champion in Action in the workforce development category,” said Ned Handy, President, Citizens Bank, Rhode Island. “This award will help Amos House to continue to provide opportunities for those who are looking to find and keep stable employment by giving them the training and tools they need to succeed.” 

“NBC 10 is proud to honor the exceptional work of Amos House. This organization’s micro-businesses have gained statewide attention and are a national model for re-entry, job training, employment, social services and housing,” said Lisa Churchville, President and General Manager of NBC 10.

Champions in Action is a joint initiative of Citizens Bank and NBC 10, launched eight years ago, to recognize and support nonprofit organizations for their contributions to Rhode Island communities. A new Champion in Action is selected each quarter among a range of social service topics.

Amos House is being recognized for cultivating workforce development through its three businesses:

·  More Than A Meal Catering, employing graduates of the Amos House Culinary Education Program to provide quality catering services to
  local businesses and schools. 

· Friendship Café, a local café offering affordable meals to residents of local neighborhoods, to be staffed by the Amos House Culinary
  Education Program.

·  Amos House Builds, a home improvement business providing jobs to graduates of the Amos Carpentry Training Program.

As a Champion in Action, Amos House will receive:

·         A $25,000 contribution in unrestricted funds from Citizens Bank.

·         Media coverage from NBC 10, including public service announcements and television profiles.

·         Volunteer support from Citizens and NBC 10 employees.

·         Extensive public relations support.

·         Promotional support, highlighting the “Champion in Action” in all Citizens Bank branches and on its ATMs.

·         Exposure on both Citizens Bank and NBC 10 Web sites.

“Amos House is a place of hope and second chances,” said Eileen Hayes, President and CEO of Amos House. “Everybody who comes into our community is greeted with support that never fades, from the moment they arrive, and well beyond the day they complete our programs.”

Applications for the second quarter 2010 Champion in Action in the family-support category are due January 15 and the winner will be announced in April 2010. Applications for the remaining 2010 topics can be obtained online at www.citizensbank.com/community.

Prior Rhode Island Champions in Action to date include: Bayside Family Healthcare in North Kingstown, the House of Hope in Warwick, The Providence Black Repertory Company in Providence, the Woonsocket Neighborhood Development Corporation in Woonsocket, McAuley House in Providence, TechACCESS in Warwick, Sojourner House in Providence, Pawtucket Citizens Development Corporation in Pawtucket, Rhode Island Free Clinic in Providence, The Genesis Center in Providence, the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown, New Urban Arts in Providence, West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation in Providence, Tides Family Services located throughout the state, Community MusicWorks in Providence, the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Newport, Welcome House of South County in South Kingstown’s Peace Dale neighborhood, Franklin Court Independent Living in Bristol, RiverzEdge Arts Project in Woonsocket, Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council in Providence, The Institute for the Study and Practice for Nonviolence in Providence, Church Community Housing Corporation in Newport, Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island in Providence, Youth in Action in Providence, Molar Express in Cranston, Everett Dance Theatre of Providence, and Olneyville Housing Corporation; the ASPIRE Program at the RI Foster Parents Association in East Providence; and the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center in Warwick.

To learn more about how to contribute through donations or volunteerism to Amos House call 401-272-0220 ext 211.

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 82 branches and 150 ATMs in Rhode Island.  RBS Citizens, N.A. is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $151 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 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. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). CFG’s Web site is citizensbank.com.  

About NBC 10

WJAR-TV/DT is the most watched television station in the Providence-New Bedford television market and NBC 10 News is Southern New England’s leading news station. WJAR was first launched as a radio station in 1922 and then became the market’s first television station in 1949. WJAR-TV/DT is owned by Media General, Inc.

About Media General

Media General is a multimedia company operating leading newspapers, television stations and online enterprises primarily in the Southeastern United States. The company’s publishing assets include three metropolitan newspapers, The Tampa Tribune, Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Winston-Salem Journal, 22 daily community newspapers in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Alabama and South Carolina, and more than 150 weekly newspapers and other publications. The company’s broadcasting assets currently include 30 network-affiliated television stations that reach more than 33 percent of the television households in the Southeast and more than 10 percent of those in the United States. The company’s interactive media assets include more than 75 online enterprises that are associated with its newspapers and television stations. Media General also owns a 33 percent interest in SP Newsprint Company, a manufacturer of recycled newsprint.