Genesis Chosen as a Champion in Action

PROVIDENCE – Citizens Bank and NBC 10 today announced Genesis Center as a 2016 Champion in Action® in the category of strengthening communities through workforce development. Genesis Center will receive $35,000 in unrestricted funding, media coverage, and extensive promotional and volunteer support for its outstanding work.

The Genesis Center seeks to provide the highest quality education, job training and support services to people of diverse cultures with an emphasis on economic independence. Their services include job training, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), a national external diploma program and centers for both financial literary and early education. Through their education and training programs, Genesis served more than 700 adults last year in Rhode Island.

“Genesis Center connects people to critical training and resources which lead to meaningful employment,” said Barbara Cottam, Rhode Island market executive, Citizens Bank. “By naming Genesis Center a Champion in Action, we are providing resources to enable them to increase their job training services and quality education programs for local families and individuals seeking economic independence. Genesis Center is the embodiment of the type of organization we support through our Champions in Action program.”

Champions in Action is part of Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities, the bank’s program designed to enhance quality of life and economic vitality in local communities. It provides support for small nonprofit organizations to recognize their contributions to communities throughout Rhode Island.

“Alongside Citizens Bank, NBC 10 is pleased to recognize Genesis Center, one of Rhode Island’s top education providers,” said Vic Vetters, vice president and general manager of NBC 10. “Supporting effective work readiness training is central to Champions in Action’s commitment to the Rhode Island workforce, and we look forward to working with Genesis.”

 “Genesis Center is committed to providing high-quality adult education and workforce development programs that empower individuals and families to break the cycle of poverty by increasing their employability and improving their financial stability,” said Shannon Carroll, president and chief executive officer, Genesis Center. “Thanks to the generosity of programs like Champions in Action, Genesis is creating a community that works.”

As a Champion in Action, Genesis Center will receive:

  • A $35,000 contribution in unrestricted funds from Citizens Bank;
  • Media coverage from NBC 10, including public service announcements and television profiles over the course of six months;
  • Volunteer support from Citizens’ and NBC 10’s colleagues;
  • The opportunity for the organization’s executive director to participate in a “Executive-to-Executive” mentorship with Citizens Bank’s RI Market Executive, Barbara Cottam;
  • Extensive public relations support;
  • Promotional support highlighting the Champion in Action on all Citizens Bank branch DCN screens and on its ATMs;
  • Exposure on both Citizens Bank and NBC 10 websites.

For more information about the Citizens Bank and NBC 10 Champions in Action program,
About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $135.4 billion in assets as of September 30, 2015. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Citizens offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle‐market companies, large corporations and institutions. In Consumer Banking, Citizens helps its retail customers “bank better” with mobile and online banking, a 24/7 customer contact center and the convenience of approximately 3,200 ATMs and approximately 1,200 Citizens Bank branches in 11 states in the New England, Mid‐Atlantic and Midwest regions. Citizens also provides mortgage lending, auto lending, student lending and commercial banking services in select markets nationwide. In Commercial Banking, Citizens offers corporate, institutional and not‐for‐profit clients a full range of wholesale banking products and services including lending and deposits, capital markets, treasury services, foreign exchange and interest hedging, leasing and asset finance, specialty finance and trade finance. Citizens operates through its subsidiaries Citizens Bank, N.A., and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. Additional information about Citizens and its full line of products and services can be found at

Posted on January 22, 2016 .