Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation Donates More Than $200,000 to 18 Organizations Throughout Rhode Island

August 1, 2023
Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation Donates More Than $200,000
to 18 Organizations Throughout Rhode Island

Grants will support affordable housing, education, and health & wellness programs

(West Warwick, R.I.) July 31, 2023 – Harold M. Horvat, Centreville Bank president, CEO, and chairman of the board, announced that the Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation has awarded $203,500 in funding to 18 Rhode Island organizations. The grants are part of the Foundation’s second quarterly donation cycle, which totaled $270,000. These grants focus on the Foundation’s key priority areas: education, economic security, and capacity building.

Among the grant recipients, the Sojourner House (Providence, R.I.) was awarded a total of $50,000 to support affordable housing programs for victims of domestic abuse and other types of relationship violence.  
“This generous donation from Centreville Bank will go a long way in helping us provide permanent supportive housing solutions for victims of violence and aiding in their recovery,” said Vanessa Volz, executive director, Sojourner House. “With these funds, we will be able to assist more people and work towards our goal of enacting systematic change to prevent domestic abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Providing people with security, safety and education is vital to the work we do, and we are extremely appreciative of Centreville Bank’s recognition of this important cause.”
Additional Rhode Island organizations receiving the Foundation’s second quarter 2023 grants include: 
  • Back to School Celebration(Providence) - $5,000 will be used to help purchase school supplies and backpacks and distribute them to 16 Rhode Island locations.
  • Ballet RI, formerly known as “Festival Ballet Providence”(Providence) - The $5,000 grant will help fund the ProviDANCE after-school program, which provides dance education for historically marginalized youth.
  • Cranston Public Library(Cranston) - $2,000 will support the summer reading program.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center(Newport) - $10,000 grant will be used to support the organization’s early learning and out of schooltime programs for low-income families in Newport County.
  • Higher Ground International(Providence) - $5,000 will be used to provide culturally appropriate food for immigrants and refugees in Rhode Island to help reinstate and celebrate their cultural identity.
  • Inspiring Minds (Providence) - The $2,500 grant will help support the summer learning program, a six-week full day program to help prepare children for kindergarten.
  • McAuley Ministries(Providence) - $12,000 will fund the organization’s “Lunch on Us” hot meal program and will provide transportation assistance in the form of bus passes for McAuley House guests that need transportation to work, school, healthcare, and other important appointments.
  • NewportFILM(Newport) -The $10,000 grant will support “Documentary Unbound,” a newly created program to help bridge access gaps for young people seeking arts and culture opportunities, prioritizing and elevating historically excluded voices in Newport.
  • Ocean Community YMCA(Westerly) - $2,500 will support the 2023 summer camp program, which enables low-income children from Washington County to participate in one week of summer camp.
  • Project Hand Up (West Warwick) - The $5,000 grant will help provide supplemental food for working families, the elderly, and those experiencing food insecurity.
  • Providence Promise(Providence) - $10,000 will be used to aid the Youth Engagement, Family Engagement, and Mentorship Programs all supporting the cause of equal opportunity education.
  • RI Bankers Association(Providence) - The $20,000 in funding will support the launch of a community outreach initiative focused on engagement and inclusion efforts to increase workforce opportunities for low- and moderate-income communities.
  • Salve Regina University(Newport) - The $2,500 donation will go toward the Refugee Pathways Program, which supports first-generation students to adjust to their new environment, academically and socially.
  • Special Olympics (Smithfield) - $5,000 will support the Summer Games.
  • Tiogue School PTA(Coventry) - $2,000 will be used to expand the elementary school’s food pantry.
  • YMCA of Greater Providence (Providence) - The $50,000 grant will be used to support the Rhode Island Midnight Basketball League (RIMBL), a free basketball league/tournament held across the state to provide positive community activities for young adults.
  • YMCA of Smithfield(Smithfield) - $5,000 will support the Smithfield YMCA programs.
For more information or to apply for a grant, visit: www.centrevillebank.com/Community/Local-Support/Community-Commitment.

About The Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation
The Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation was established as a nonprofit, charitable organization in 2008 by the Board of Trustees to further the philanthropic mission of Centreville Bank. The Foundation strives to support local community-based organizations tackling the most significant challenges and helping to meet the needs of underserved populations throughout Connecticut and Rhode Island. Grants are considered on a quarterly basis focusing on the following priority areas: education, economic security, and capacity building. For more information, please visit www.centrevillebank.com/Community.

About Centreville Bank
Founded in 1828 and headquartered in West Warwick, Rhode Island, Centreville Bank is a full-service mutual bank operating through 13 Rhode Island locations in Coventry, Cranston (two locations), East Greenwich, Middletown (loan office), Narragansett, Newport, North Kingstown, Providence (loan office), Smithfield, Warwick, West Greenwich, and West Warwick. In addition, Centreville Bank serves the Eastern Connecticut market with seven branches located in Danielson, Gales Ferry (Ledyard), Griswold, Norwich, Plainfield, Pomfret and Putnam. Centreville currently has total assets of over $2 billion. For more information, please visit www.centrevillebank.com.