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Alysha Brock receives Citizens Bank Community Service Sabbatical in Rhode Island

Three-month paid leave is benefiting RiverzEdge Arts Project


Providence, R.I.    (December 2, 2009) - Alysha Brock, a business analyst at Citizens Bank, has been named the 2009 recipient of the company’s Community Service Sabbatical. Brock began her paid three-month paid leave on December 1 at RiverzEdge Arts Project, a youth-development program in northern Rhode Island. Brock will return to Citizens in March 2010.

Brock, will help RiverzEdge Arts Project with its marketing and public relations. She will work closely with the youth at local schools and in the after-school program. She also will assist with special projects. 

“We are deeply committed to making a real difference in the communities where we live and work,” said Ned Handy, President, Citizens Bank, Rhode Island. “Our sabbatical program is of particular value to the communities we serve. Our colleagues have the opportunity to spend three months making a significant impact on the lives of people served by local nonprofits like RiverzEdge Arts Project. Alysha will bring valuable experience to their program.”

Citizens’ Community Service Sabbatical program enables a colleague with three or more years of service to work full-time in the community for three months and bring back to the workplace a greater appreciation of the social needs and challenges in the community at-large. Eighty-five colleagues have been sent into their communities since the program started in 1994.

RiverzEdge Arts Project gives youth in northern Rhode Island paid employment in the arts and a voice in the community. RiverzEdge engages teens in a lifestyle of creative expression, disciplined effort, and economic self-reliance. For more information, visit the organization’s website at: http://www.riverzedgearts.org/

Brock, a Coventry resident,  is an active community volunteer. She recently received a Partner in Philanthropy award at the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ annual National Philanthropy Day for her volunteer work. Brock has worked at Citizens Bank for more than 11 years, currently as a Business Analyst in Citizens’ Business Services Department.  

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 150 ATMs in Rhode Island.

RBS Citizens, N.A. is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $151 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. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc).