Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:00am EDT
RBS Citizens Financial Group today announced its support for The One Fund Boston with a $100,000 donation from the Citizens Bank Foundation and an effort to encourage customers, the general public and thousands of bank colleagues to also support the fund benefitting the victims of this week’s Boston Marathon attack.
To encourage its more than 19,000 colleagues to donate to The One Fund Boston, Citizens will match colleague donations up to $1,000 as part of Citizens Helping Citizens Give, the bank’s colleague volunteerism and charitable giving program. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino created The One Fund Boston Tuesday as a central point of support for victims of the bombings in Boston this week.
"This week’s tragic attack was a direct assault not only on the people who were gathered in Copley Square Monday afternoon but on the broader Boston community, and we stand with Gov. Patrick, Mayor Menino and others who are supporting The One Fund Boston,” said Jerry Sargent, President of Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens, Massachusetts. "This unified effort will provide much-needed help to the people most affected by this week’s tragedy, and it also serves as an important symbol of Boston’s strength and resolve following the senseless violence of this week.”
In addition to its financial support, the bank will promote The One Fund Boston and encourage broader public donations through social media, materials in Citizens Bank branches across New England, ATM messages and banner ads on citizensbank.com. These efforts will direct customers and members of the general public to The One Boston Fund’s online portal.
Citizens’ response also will include a colleague blood drive at several Boston-area locations in the coming days.
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 RBS Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
RBS Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is a $127 billion commercial bank holding company. It is headquartered in Providence, R.I., and through its subsidiaries has approximately 1,400 branches, approximately 3,600 ATMs and more than 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.
RBS Citizens Financial Group
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