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Ana McNamara of Citizens Bank selected for Community Service Sabbatical Program

Three-month paid leave to benefit Comprehensive Community Action Plan

PROVIDENCE, RI (June 10, 2013) – Citizens Bank today announced Ana McNamara, Officer and Risk Management Specialist at the East Providence Operations Center as the most recent colleague to embark on a paid three-month Community Service Sabbatical. The program celebrated its 100th sabbatical placement in 2012 and has generated more than 48,000 volunteer hours valued at more than $1 million for partnering nonprofit organizations since 1994. McNamara will spend the next three months "on loan" to Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP).

The Community Service Sabbatical program is a part of Citizens Helping Citizens Give, the bank’s program for volunteerism and colleague charitable giving. The Sabbatical program was introduced as a way to support the community and the volunteer efforts of Citizens Bank colleagues. Through this signature program, colleagues bring a variety of professional skills and expertise that benefit the local nonprofit organizations where they work as full-time volunteers during a three-month paid leave of absence from the bank.

"Community service is one of our core values at Citizens Bank and we know from our colleagues that the opportunity to bond with a community organization is often a reason they join the bank," said Ned Handy, President of Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens, Rhode Island. "Our colleagues who have completed sabbaticals tell us that it is a life-changing experience that brings a newfound perspective to their life and career. We congratulate Ana on her sabbatical and are confident she will make the most of this opportunity to make a difference in her local community."

CCAP is based in Cranston and is dedicated to fighting the war on poverty. The organization provides a wide spectrum of programs like education, job training, affordable housing, access to food, healthcare and human services to help those in immediate need and empowers those desiring to become more self-sufficient. McNamara is assisting CCAP with simplifying its operations in order to better serve its clients and staff. McNamara will teach financial literacy to the young clients of CCAP so the learn how to save, manage their money and buy selectively.

"We are honored that Citizens Bank and Ana have chosen Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP) for her community sabbatical," said Joanne McGunagle, CAP Executive Director. "Ana brings to us a wealth of experience and enthusiasm for the work she will be involved with at CCAP. We are looking forward to having Ana here; she has a substantial amount of experience to offer our clients."

Citizens Helping Citizens Give is part of the bank’s broader Citizens Helping Citizens program addressing five key areas: hunger, housing, economic development, financial education and volunteerism. Get more information about Citizens Bank’s community initiatives online.

About Citizens Helping Citizens
Grounded in the belief that a good bank gives back to its community and to the people who live there, Citizens Helping Citizens is a program embracing the community goals of RBS Citizens Financial Group, Inc. – the commercial bank holding company serving consumer and small business customers as Citizens Bank and Charter One and commercial banking customers as RBS Citizens. The Citizens Helping Citizens program comprises five key initiatives supported directly by RBSCFG and also by its nonprofit charitable foundations, the Citizens Charitable Foundation, the Citizens Bank Foundation and the Charter One Foundation: Citizens Helping Citizens Fight Hunger, Citizens Helping Citizens Provide Shelter, Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities (economic development), Citizens Helping Citizens Teach Money Management (financial education) and Citizens Helping Citizens Give (volunteerism and colleague charitable donations). Across all of these initiatives, Citizens Helping Citizens strives to enhance quality of life and economic vitality in local communities.

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 190 ATMs in Rhode Island.

RBS Citizens, N.A., is a subsidiary of RBS Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $126 billion commercial bank holding company. It is headquartered in Providence, R.I., and through its subsidiaries has approximately 1,400 branches, more than 3,600 ATMs and nearly 19,000 colleagues. Its 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. RBSCFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in more than 30 states. RBSCFG is owned by RBS (the Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). RBSCFG’s website is citizensbank.com.

 

 

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