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Citizens Bank and NBC 10 honor 2008 Champions in Action in Rhode Island

Nonprofits received a total of $100,000 in unrestricted grants, PR and volunteer support

Providence, R.I.        (January 29, 2009) - As part of their continuing commitment to the community, Citizens Bank and NBC 10 held a breakfast reception today to honor the 2008 Champions in Action®. The 2008 Champions were: Church Community Housing Corporation in Newport, Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island in Providence, Youth in Action in Providence and the Molar Express in Cranston. 

“Citizens Bank is proud to call each of these four agencies a Champion in Action,” said Joseph J. MarcAurele, President, Citizens Bank, Rhode Island. “From providing affordable housing to teaching job training skills, developing youth leaders and making children’s smiles bright, each of these agencies is truly a champion in its respective field.”

Each quarter, a nonprofit organization in Rhode Island that addresses a designated social concern is selected as a Champion in Action. As a recipient of the award, the organization receives a contribution of $25,000 in unrestricted funds from the Citizens Bank Foundation, media coverage from NBC 10 including public service announcements and television profiles, colleague volunteers from Citizens Bank and NBC 10, and public relations and promotional support, including advertising in Citizens Bank branches and ATMs, as well as online promotions at citizensbank.com and turnto10.com.

“NBC 10 is honored to congratulate the four Champions in Action for their outstanding service to the community,” said Lisa Churchville, President and General Manager of NBC 10. “We are proud to partner with Citizens Bank in this community outreach program to recognize these organizations who our so vital to our local area.”

The first champion of 2008 was Church Community Housing Corporation. Church Community Housing Corporation was recognized for:

  • Helping people afford to stay in their homes through the revolving loan program which has provided funds to more than 1,550 households.
  • Working with area nonprofits and mental health centers to develop more than 170 units of housing serving special-needs tenants. 

In April, Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island in Providence was named the second quarter Champion in Action in the workforce development category. Goodwill was recognized for:

  •  Its innovative Assistive Technology program, deaf and hearing impaired services, ESL classes to adults and job coaching services.
  • Providing more than 280 results-oriented internships and job placement opportunities annually.

Youth In Action of Providence was selected as the third quarter Champion in the youth programming category. Youth in Action was recognized for its:

  • Academic Mentoring, which has led to a high school graduation rate of 98 percent and higher education rate of 94 percent.
  • Community outreach, multi-cultural community events and community build projects.

The final recipient in 2008 in the community health care category was the Molar Express of Cranston. The Molar Express was recognized for its:

  •  High-quality, state-of-the-art, comprehensive dental services provided with no out-of-pocket expense to families.
  • Providing 2,000 under-served children with more than 3,000 dental visits in 2008.

Prior Rhode Island Champions in Action 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; and The Institute for the Study and Practice for Nonviolence in Providence. 

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 77 branches and 148 ATMs in Rhode Island.

RBS Citizens, N.A. is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $161 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 13-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, Indiana, 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 and deposits. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc).

About NBC10

WJAR-TV/DT is the most watched television station in the Providence-New Bedford television market and NBC10 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.