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Citizens Bank Foundation partnering with Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness to fight flu in emergency shelters across the state


New London, Conn.    (December 2, 2009) - The Citizens Bank Foundation announced that it will work with the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) to help more than 30 emergency shelters across the state prepare for and manage the flu season this winter. 

The Citizens Bank Foundation is providing a $45,000 investment that will be used to purchase supplies related to infection control in the shelters, including hand sanitizer, face masks, moveable curtain dividers and latex gloves at facilities across the state.  In addition, the grant will allow the shelters to pay for back-up staff and overtime costs related to staff illness to assure consistent staffing levels in the months ahead.

Support from the Citizens Bank Foundation will also be used for client medical needs as well as costs associated with the prevention of mitigation of flu in the shelters. Funds will be distributed by the CCEH to 34 shelters with more than 1,500 beds available for men, women and children around Connecticut.  From Citizens’ donation, each shelter will receive between $1,000 and $1,500 depending upon the number of beds and capacity to serve their communities.

“Citizens Bank is an active and concerned member of the communities we serve and we are proud to be working with the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness on this important project as the flu season approaches this year,” said Rich Barry, President of Citizens Bank in Connecticut.  “It is our hope that the investment by our Foundation will allow dozens of emergency shelters across Connecticut to operate more safely and serve their clients more effectively in the challenging weeks and months to come.”

“The shelter system across Connecticut is already stretched beyond its capacity.  We thank Citizens Bank and the Citizens Bank Foundation for helping them meet the added challenge of containing the effect of H1N1 among the most vulnerable in our communities,” said Carol Walter, executive director of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness.

About the Citizens Bank Foundation

Citizens Bank Foundation is a subsidiary of the Citizens Charitable Foundation, which is a charitable contributions vehicle of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. The foundation’s support is focused on housing, community development and basic human needs.