February 17, 2019
Citizens Bank Gives $515K to 15 Massachusetts Nonprofits

April 9, 2018 —Citizens Bank last week announced it awarded $515,000 to 15 nonprofits located in Springfield, Worcester, and Boston to support economic empowerment of women, children, and families.

Jerry Sargent, president of Citizens Bank, Massachusetts, said, “We are proud to stand with these organizations that do vital work each day to further economic empowerment among women, children and families.”

Receiving the funds were the following:
  • Boston Children’s Museum, Boston: $50,000 for Money Matters 2.0 is a one-hour program for grades K-3 aligned with the Boston Public Schools kindergarten curriculum and Massachusetts Standards in Mathematics and Economics.

  • Camp Harbor View Foundation , Boston: $50,000 for The Leaders In Training (LIT) program for 14-18 year olds, which provides positive support, leadership training, mentoring, life skills development, and educational and internship opportunities.

  • Economic Empowerment Trust Fund , Boston: $30,000 for The Women's Economic Empowerment Series, educational workshops to be held in Springfield, Worcester, Brockton, and Melrose that focus on wage negotiation, money management, retirement, and investment strategies for women of all ages, ethnicities, economic backgrounds, and levels of fiscal knowledge.

  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts , Boston: $35,000 for the FaB Factor program, an eight-month program offered free to approximately 3,000 girls in grades K-12 living in underserved communities., enabling them to learn about career options and higher education opportunities.

  • Heading Home , Boston: $10,000 for The Economic Mobility Center, which provides approximately 130 homeless and formerly homeless families with specialized services in financial education and career development.

  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation , Boston: $40,000 for Accelerate Boston, a free six-month business start-up program designed to foster a community of socially motivated business leaders from Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan.

  • Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance , Dorchester: $30,000 for its Homeownership University, which addresses the persistently high racial homeownership gap in Massachusetts with comprehensive pre- and post-purchase education.

  • Neighborhood of Affordable Housing , East Boston: $40,000 for programming designed to promote and preserve stable homeownership, educate families in financial capability coursework, and assist low-income families to find or retain rental housing.

  • Oak Hill Community Development Center , Worcester: $20,000 to advance its holistic approach to homeownership support that is designed to strengthen the community, protect family assets from foreclosure, revitalize homes, and educate low/moderate income homeowners.

  • Teach for America , Boston: $30,000 to support its ability to recruit and retain a diverse pipeline of teachers who deliver educational opportunities for students, while simultaneously building a leadership force for long-term change.

  • uAspire , Boston: $25,000 to advance partnerships with high schools, community organizations, higher education institutions, and individual practitioners that work to ensure that all young people have the financial information and resources necessary to achieve a postsecondary education

  • United Way of Massachusetts Bay, Boston: $40,000 for its partnership with Citizens Bank on the Financial Empowerment Learning Institute, which aims to build the capacity of community-based nonprofit organizations to deliver high-quality financial education and financial coaching services.

  • Urban Edge Housing Corporation , Roxbury: $40,000 to support its work to develop and sustain stable, healthy and diverse communities in Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, and surrounding neighborhoods of Boston.

  • Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts , Roxbury: $25,000 to develop a program to teach members of the Urban League's Young Professional Network and Mature Guild financial skills, including managing student debt, car loans, and personal assets to address changing financial needs.

  • Way Finders, Inc. (formerly HAPHousing), Springfield: $50,000 to support the Financial Capabilities program, available in English and Spanish, which helps low and moderate income residents of western Massachusetts progress along the path to economic self-sufficiency and independence.

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