Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation Donates More Than $200,000 to 21 Organizations Throughout Rhode Island and Connecticut

October 16, 2023
Eleanor Briggs Check Presentation
Grants will help address education, workforce development, housing
and health and wellness.

Harold M. Horvat, Centreville Bank president, CEO, and chairman of the board, today announced that the Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation has awarded $201,972 in funding to 21 Rhode Island and Connecticut organizations. The grants are part of the Foundation’s quarterly donation cycle. These third quarter cycle grants focus on the Foundation’s key priority areas: education, economic security, and capacity building.

“Charitable organizations are facing increasing needs as food, housing and overall operating costs continue to rise,” said Horvat. “The Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation remains committed to providing nonprofits in Rhode Island and Eastern Connecticut with grants that help families achieve economic security, supporting everything from food and shelter to education and employment training.”    

Among the grant recipients, Thrive Behavioral Health, located in Warwick, R.I., was awarded $10,653 to help fund equipment for their experimental playground at the Eleanor Biggs School. Thrive’s programs are designed for children who face behavioral or emotional difficulties significantly impeding their progress in public schools. The Eleanor Biggs School has been recognized as a leader in the field of special education and children’s mental health since 1980. The experimental playground will help provide a positive and restorative experience for students.
“The students and staff of the Eleanor Briggs School are grateful to our community partner, Centreville Bank. Centreville Bank's contribution toward the Briggs school's playground will enhance our students' personal health, strengthen peer relationships, and promote our belief in the power of a unified community vision,” said Jonathan D’Amico, director of student services at the Eleanor Briggs School.

The Access Community Action Agency with locations in Willimantic and Danielson, Connecticut, was awarded $18,000 to support and expand its Trauma-informed care (TiC) program. The purpose of this grant is to build programmatic capacity to support the TiC program at Access, allowing it to diversify agency revenue streams, promote sustainability, and explore strategic collaboration. 
 Additional organizations receiving the Foundation’s third quarter 2023 grants include: 
  • Amenity Aid (Warwick, R.I.) $5,000 will be used to support the Hygiene Product Acquisition and Distribution Program.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Northern Rhode Island (Woonsocket, R.I.) The $15,865 grant will be used to pilot a Social Emotional Development Program for 100 club participants.
  • Coventry Housing Associates Corporation (Coventry, R.I.) A $5,000 grant will be used to support the CHA emergency fund to help clients with basic needs.
  • Crossroads Rhode Island (Providence, R.I.) $25,000 will support Crossroads Rhode Island’s health and housing programs.
  • Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (Franklin, Conn.) The $5,000 grant will be used to support the Youth Employment Program offering training and employment experience.
  • Genesis Center (Providence, R.I.) $6,000 was awarded to fund the marketing and communications activities in support of Genesis’s new program, CHOP Culinary Program.
  • Girls on the Run Rhode Island (Providence, R.I.) $5,000 will be used to support Girls on the Run physical, activity-based positive youth development programs. 
  • Innovation Studio (Providence, R.I.) $5,000 will be used to offer programs to the Providence community including small business owners and entrepreneurs through the Biz Bodega initiative in both English and Spanish.
  • Jewish Collaborative Services (Providence, R.I.) $2,500 was awarded to help purchase food for the food pantry.
  • Jonnycake Center of Westerly (Westerly, R.I.) $3,000 was awarded to help with purchase of food to stock the organization’s food pantry.
  • Meals on Wheels Rhode Island (Providence, R.I.) The $50,000 grant will be used to support the 2023 Emergency Meal Program.
  • Rhode Island Community Food Bank (Providence, R.I.) $5,000 was awarded to help support hunger relief for low-income individuals and families.
  • Stages of Freedom (Providence, R.I.) $2,500 will be used to support the Swim Empowerment Program, which provides youth of color free swimming lessons.
  • The Autism Project (Johnston, R.I.) The $12,000 grant will be used to purchase new equipment to enhance online training programs.
  • The Sharing Locker (Greenwich, R.I.) The $2,500 grant will help support the Sharing Locker Backpack Program.
  • Wanderground Archive Library (Cranston, R.I.) The $2,460 grant will be used to help support the organization’s strategic planning.
  • Westerly Area Rest Meals WARM Center, Inc. (Westerly, R.I.) $1,500 was awarded to support the Community Critical Needs Program.
  • West Warwick Assistance Agency, Inc. (W. Warwick, R.I.) The $4,000 grant will be used to support the food assistance program.
  • Young Voices (Providence, R.I.) The $15,994 grant will be used to enhance the organization’s Making Moves Program.
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 success, 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 with over $2 billion in assets and 21 locations throughout Rhode Island and eastern Connecticut. Centreville understands the unique financial needs of individuals, families and businesses and offers a wide range of personal banking and commercial banking products and services including checking accounts, savings accounts, CDs, money market accounts, mortgages, business loans and more. Centreville is committed to its employees and the communities it serves, always striving to help people make progress and achieve their financial goals. That is progress on purpose. Visit centrevillebank.com, follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram, or come into a branch or office to learn more.