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Citizens Bank Foundation awards $35,000 grant to Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Grant to support Resilient Communities/Resilient Families initiative in Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury neighborhoods

BOSTON (December 11, 2012) – The Citizens Bank Foundation announced today that it has awarded a $35,000 grant to Local Initiatives Support Corporate (LISC) of Boston to support its Resilient Communities/Resilient Families program for the Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury communities of Boston.

As part of the program, LISC has engaged residents of the three neighborhoods to conduct 261 meetings with a goal of enhancing community and family resilience. Results have included:

  • Development of neighborhood coalitions;
  • Deployment of action groups;
  • Creation of community contracts;
  • Ongoing work toward addressing affordable housing needs;
  • Ongoing development of creative solutions for meeting basic human needs; and
  • Ongoing revitalization of economically distressed areas.

“The Citizens Bank Foundation joins LISC and the residents of Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury as they continue making outstanding progress with the Resilient Communities/Resilient Families program,” said Jerry Sargent, President, Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens, Massachusetts. “Through engaging residents of the three neighborhoods, LISC has facilitated innovative ideas and action. Citizens Bank is committed to supporting local revitalization, and we applaud LISC’s tireless and creative efforts.”

“With thanks to the partnership and support of the Citizens Bank Foundation, we are committed to advancing our mission of helping neighbors revitalize their communities,” said Executive Director Bob Van Meter. “LISC and Citizens Bank share an outstanding commitment to the local neighborhoods we serve and we are proud to continue our strong partnership.”

About the Citizens Bank Foundation
Citizens Bank Foundation is a subsidiary of the Citizens Charitable Foundation, which is a charitable contributions vehicle of RBS Citizens Financial Group, Inc., RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. The foundation’s support is focused on human services, affordable housing and economic development. RBSCFG’s website is citizensbank.com.

About LISC
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) believes that everyone should have the right to live in a safe, prosperous neighborhood full of opportunities. Since 1981, Boston LISC has been working towards this vision by providing funding, financing, and technical assistance to Community Development Corporations (CDCs), Non-Profit Developers, and Policy & Advocacy Organizations in Greater Boston. With Boston LISC’s support, community developers have been able to and will continue to provide affordable housing, spark economic development, and increase access to high-quality education, transportation, and other crucial resources.