Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation Awards $319,864 in grants to 37 organizations in RI and CT

January 14, 2022

Bringing the total annual giving amount to over $1.1 million for 2021

(West Warwick, RI) January 13, 2022 – The Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation has awarded $319,864 in funding to 37 organizations in Rhode Island and Connecticut, today announced Harold M. Horvat, bank President, CEO and Chairman.

This round of charitable giving brings total grants awarded to $1,114,764 for 2021, the largest annual giving amount in bank history, and the second year in a row surpassing the million-dollar milestone.

“Centreville Bank is fortunate to be in a position to help the people of Rhode Island and Eastern Connecticut through these vital organizations, particularly as communities are still feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and when the need is so great,” said Horvat. “These fourth-quarter Charitable Foundation grants are assisting with such critical issues as food and housing insecurity, literacy and education, and health and well-being. We’re proud that we’ve been able to provide over $1 million again this past year to such indispensable institutions, and hope it makes a difference in the communities we serve.”

Included in this round of community support is a $100,000 grant to Shri Studio, Pawtucket. The funding will support expansion of social services including affordable housing and community hub space for the 390 Pine Street Initiative in Pawtucket.

Alison Bologna, Founder and Executive Director of Shri Studio said, “We are deeply grateful to the Centreville Bank Foundation for this incredible support. The COVID pandemic created real challenges for the construction of Shri at 390 Pine Street because of the rising costs of construction materials. But now, thanks to this support, we are moving forward to revitalize this historic mill, activating a neighborhood, with what will soon become a creative live, work, wellness community to benefit thousands of Rhode Island residents with wrap-around holistic services.” 

Pictured at a recent check presentation are (from left to right): Shannon Menihan, Shri Studio Director of Operations, Ron Caniglia, President/Owner of Stand Corporation, Jennifer Boyle-Hebda, Shri Creative Director, Hal Horvat, President and CEO of Centreville Bank, Alison Bologna, Founder and Executive Director of Shri Studio, Linda Weisinger, Executive Director of Pawtucket Central Falls Development (PCFD), and
Paola Fernandez, Vice President, Community Development, Centreville Bank.

Additional Rhode Island organizations receiving fourth quarter grants are:

  • Comprehensive Community Action, Inc. (Cranston) - The $10,083 in funding will be used to enhance virtual and in-person instruction at three Learn to Earn Sites in Cranston, West Warwick, and Pawtucket.
  • Day One (Providence) - The $4,000 grant will be used help provide basic needs for victims of sexual and domestic violence.
  • Junior Achievement of Rhode Island (Warwick) – The $5,000 grant will support financial literacy programming for RI youth in urban communities.  
  • ONE Neighborhood Builders  (Providence) – The $15,000 grant will help fund Affordable Housing projects in Providence.
  • Reach Out and Read of Rhode Island (Providence) - $10,000 in funding will go toward partnerships with pediatricians to prepare young children for academic and lifelong success by incorporating books into every well visit.
  • Saint Elizabeth Community (Warwick) – The $9,840 grant will support the Certified Nursing Assistant Workforce Development Training Program to meet the healthcare needs of low-income seniors and provide a pathway for long-term, meaningful employment for underemployed and unemployed Rhode Islanders.
  • Sophia Academy (Providence) – The $20,000 grant will go toward student scholarships.
  • The Sharing Locker (East Greenwich) – The $2,500 donation will help with the purchase of basic needs and other essential items not traditionally received through donations.
  • Wood River Health Services (Hope Valley) – The $10,000 grant will help fund the facility expansion in Hope Valley to help meet the needs of growing patient demand.

Rhode Island food pantries were awarded $1,000 each as part of the bank’s annual holiday donations.

Connecticut organizations receiving fourth quarter grants are:

  • Madonna Place (Norwich) – The $5,000 grant will go toward the Family Support Center Program.
  • Martin House, Inc. (Norwich) – The $1,500 donation will help provide daily meals and temporary shelter for those experiencing homelessness.
  • Northeast Placement Services (Woodstock) – The $25,310 in funding will be used to help with completion of “The People’s Barn,” which serves as a workforce development training space for adults with disabilities.
  • Operation Fuel (Hartford) – The $3,000 grant will help provide emergency energy assistance for those in need.
  • Thames River Community Service, Inc. (Norwich) – The $4,000 grant will go toward wrap-around services for young parents so they can become economically self-sufficient.
  • Woodstock Academy- The $50,000 grant will help fund the Chandler Bowen building rehabilitation campaign.  

Connecticut food pantries were awarded $1,000 each as part of the bank’s annual holiday donations.

Grants benefiting Rhode Island and Connecticut:

  • United Way of Rhode Island – The $24,631 grant matches 2021 employee donations as part of the bank’s United Way campaign and will be disbursed in RI and CT.

The Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation was established as a nonprofit, charitable organization in 2006 by the Board of Trustees to further the philanthropic mission of the bank. For more information, or to apply for a grant, visit: https://www.centrevillebank.com/Community/Local-Support/Community-Commitment

About Centreville Bank

Founded in 1828 and headquartered in West Warwick, Rhode Island, Centreville Bank is a full-service mutual bank operating through nine branch locations in Coventry, Cranston (two locations), East Greenwich, Narragansett, North Kingstown, West Greenwich, Warwick, West Warwick, and a loan production office in Providence. In addition, Centreville Bank serves the Eastern Connecticut market with eight offices located in Danielson, Gales Ferry (Ledyard), Griswold, Norwich, Plainfield, Pomfret, and Putnam (two locations). Centreville currently has total assets of $1.9 billion. For more information, please visit www.centrevillebank.com.