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Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center named Champion in Action in Rhode Island in the violence prevention category

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

Providence, R.I.   (October 15, 2009) – Citizens Bank and NBC 10 today named the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center in Warwick as their 2009 fourth quarter Champion in Action® in the violence prevention category. As part of the award, the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center will receive a $25,000 grant, media coverage and extensive promotional and volunteer support for its outstanding work.

The Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center is a domestic violence agency that provides intervention and prevention programs, as well as counseling for victims of domestic and sexual abuse. The center even offers specialized services for seniors. The $25,000 grant will be used to support the center’s abuse prevention and education programs, which help more than 3,100 clients annually.

“Citizens Bank is pleased to name the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center as the newest Champion in Action in the violence prevention category,” said Ned Handy, President, Citizens Bank, Rhode Island. “It is admirable when an agency shows such commitment to a cause and makes a positive impact in its community like the EBCC has over the past 30 years. The center’s dedication to support not only domestic violence victims, but also sexual abuse and elder abuse victims demonstrates their relentless devotion.” 

“NBC 10 is proud to honor the tireless efforts of the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center. This agency not only focuses on helping victims of domestic abuse but also educating groups about the prevention of such incidents, which will benefit future generations in our communities,” said Lisa Churchville, President and General Manager of NBC 10.

Champions in Action is a joint initiative of Citizens Bank and NBC 10, launched seven 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.

A winner for the first quarter 2010 Champion in Action in the workforce development category will be announced in January 2010. Applications for next year’s topics can be obtained online at www.citizensbank.com/community.

The EBCC is being recognized for:

·Providing all of their services free of charge to help both domestic abuse and sexual assault victims.

·Serving 10 cities and towns in Rhode Island and helping more than 3,100 clients annually.

·Staffing a 24-hour hotline to provide information, referrals and individual safety plans for victimized women and men.

·Providing a safe haven for up to 16 clients transitioning from the shelter into permanent housing.

As a Champion in Action, the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center 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 colleagues.

·         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.

“The Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center goes beyond helping families in crisis,” said Judith Earle, Executive Director of the Center. “We strive to end the cycle of abuse through education and awareness in the community. From the smallest child to the eldest adult, it is our mission to create a quality of life that is violence-free. The Citizens Bank and NBC 10 Champions in Action award will help us achieve our goal of minimizing the incidents of domestic violence in our 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 Olneyville Housing Corporation of Providence, and the ASPIRE program at RI Foster Parents Association, in East Providence.

 To learn more about how to contribute through donations or volunteerism to the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center, call (401) 738-9700 or visit www.ebccenter.org.

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 78 branches and 151 ATMs in Rhode Island.

RBS Citizens, N.A. is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $153 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. It is one of the 10 largest commercial banking companies in the United States ranked by assets as of June 30, 2009. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc).   

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.