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Connecting for Children and Families named Champion in Action in the family support category

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

PROVIDENCE, R.I.    (April 7, 2010) - Earlier today, Citizens Bank and NBC 10 named Connecting for Children and Families in Woonsocket as their 2010 second quarter Champion in Action® in the family support category. As part of the award, Connecting for Children and Families will receive a $25,000 unrestricted grant, media coverage and extensive promotional and volunteer support for its outstanding work.

The grant will be used to fund community programs, health initiatives and social services to help families seeking support for food, clothing, and utility assistance.

"Citizens Bank is pleased to name Connecting for Children and families as the newest Champion in Action in the family support category," said Ned Handy, President, Citizens Bank, Rhode Island. "This award will help Connecting for Children and Families continue its mission to improve the quality of family and community life in Woonsocket, while providing opportunities for success."

"NBC 10 is proud to honor the extraordinary work of Connecting for Children and Families. This organization has received statewide recognition for its commitment to community and we are pleased to name it a Champion in Action," said Lisa Churchville, President and General Manager of NBC 10.

Launched nine years ago, Champions in Action is a joint initiative of Citizens Bank and NBC 10 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.

Connecting for Children and Families has become one of the premier family support organizations in Rhode Island by providing services that include:

  • Wraparound services through its Parents As Teachers program.
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance to low-income families.
  • Financial literacy training and financial coaching.

As a Champion in Action, Connecting for Children and Families 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 employees.
  • 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.

"It is a tremendous honor for our organization to be selected as a Champion in Action," said Terese Curtin, Executive Director of Connecting for Children and Families. "As we reflect on our organization's 15 years of service, this award has very special meaning to us and renews our purpose to make a difference in the lives of Woonsocket children and families."

Applications for the third quarter 2010 Champion in Action in the environmental impact category are due Friday, April 9 at 5 p.m. and the winner will be announced in July 2010. Applications for the remaining 2010 topics can be obtained online at citizensbank.com/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 of Providence, and Olneyville Housing Corporation; the ASPIRE Program at the RI Foster Parents Association in East Providence, Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center in Warwick, and Amos House in Providence.

For more information about the Citizens Bank / NBC 10 Champions in Action program, visit citizensbank.com/community or turnto10.com. To learn more about how to contribute through donations or volunteerism to Connecting for Children and Families call 1-401-766-3384.

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 $148 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).

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.