Donation-based program will help 6,600 children in Massachusetts
Program has helped more than 215,000 children across the bank’s footprint since 2003
BOSTON – Citizens Bank today announced it is launching its annual Gear for Grades program, which helps local children go back to school with the supplies they need to succeed. Customers and the public are welcome to support the initiative by donating new items like pencils, folders, notebooks, rulers and other supplies at any Citizens Bank branch in Massachusetts from July 22 through August 9. This year’s program is in partnership with Cradles to Crayons.
The Gear for Grades program is a part of Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities, the bank’s program for contributing to the economic vitality of communities. The Citizens Bank Foundation is donating 6,600 backpacks to the Gear for Grades program. Each backpack will be filled with some of the most needed supplies including child-safe scissors, pencils, pens, erasers, pocket folders, spiral notebooks, crayons, washable markers, rulers, glue sticks, colored pencils, pencil boxes and index cards. Backpacks will be distributed to local children beginning mid-August.
“The success of our Gear for Grades program demonstrates Citizens Bank’s commitment to strengthening communities by engaging our customers, colleagues and the communities where we live and work to pitch in to support local children,” said Jerry Sargent, President, Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens, Massachusetts. “Helping children get geared-up and ready for the new school year is one more way that Citizens Bank is investing in the future of our Commonwealth.”
About Citizens Helping Citizens
Grounded in the belief that a good bank gives back to its community and to the people who live there, Citizens Helping Citizens is a program embracing the community goals of RBS Citizens Financial Group, Inc. – the commercial bank holding company serving consumer and small business customers as Citizens Bank and Charter One and commercial banking customers as RBS Citizens. The Citizens Helping Citizens program comprises five key initiatives supported directly by RBSCFG and also by its nonprofit charitable foundations, the Citizens Charitable Foundation, the Citizens Bank Foundation and the Charter One Foundation: Citizens Helping Citizens Fight Hunger, Citizens Helping Citizens Provide Shelter, Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities (economic development), Citizens Helping Citizens Teach Money Management (financial education) and Citizens Helping Citizens Give (volunteerism and colleague charitable donations). Across all of these initiatives, Citizens Helping Citizens strives to enhance quality of life and economic vitality in local communities.
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 254 branches and 754 ATMs in Massachusetts.
RBS Citizens, N.A., is a subsidiary of RBS Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $126 billion commercial bank holding company. It is headquartered in Providence, R.I., and through its subsidiaries has approximately 1,400 branches, more than 3,600 ATMs and nearly 19,000 colleagues. Its 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. RBSCFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in more than 30 states. RBSCFG is owned by RBS (the Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). RBSCFG’s website is citizensbank.com.
About Cradles to Crayons
Cradles to Crayons, a Boston based non-profit founded in 2002, provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. These items are supplied free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.
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Participate in @CitizensBank’s #GearForGrades initiative by donating school supplies to your local Citizens branch: