Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation Donates $424,600 in Q3 2021

November 2, 2021

The Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation has awarded $424,600 in funding to 17 organizations in Rhode Island and Connecticut, today announced Harold M. Horvat, bank President, CEO and Chairman.

“Centreville Bank remains committed to helping to improve the quality of life for the people of Rhode Island and Eastern Connecticut,” said Horvat.  “We embrace this responsibility by supporting organizations that are making a positive impact by addressing such critical issues as food and housing insecurity, literacy and education, and health and well-being. The recipients of our Charitable Foundation third-quarter grants are making a difference where it counts most.”

Meals on Wheels Rhode Island:
Paola Fernandez, VP, Community Development Officer - Centreville Bank, Meghan Grady, Executive Director - Meals on Wheels, Hal Horvat, President and CEO - Centreville Bank

TEEG (Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group):
Hal Horvat, President and CEO - Centreville Bank, Jo-Ann Chenail, Resource Developer - TEEG, Jill Bourbeau, Youth Programs Manager - TEEG, Anne Miller, Executive Director - TEEG, Paola Fernandez, VP, Community Development Officer - Centreville Bank

Rhode Island organizations receiving third quarter grants are:

  • Adoption RI (Providence) – The $3,000 in funding supports the “Level Up Summit” and two-day workshop for Foster Care youth ages 16-21, which focuses on financial well-being, improving study habits, self-care, and career planning.
  • Autism Project (Johnston) – The $12,000 grant will go toward strategic planning and operational support.
  • Back to School Celebration (Providence) – The $10,000 grant supports the annual distribution of backpacks and school supplies for 16,000 children in Rhode Island. 
  • City of Central Falls – A $10,000 grant will support the city’s new Participatory Budgeting initiative where community members decide how to spend part of a public budget. PB generates more equitable and effective spending, as it is more responsive to expressed public needs, and decision-making is done directly by residents
  • Coventry Housing Authority- The $2,000 grant will be used for the “Tis the Season Program,” which helps purchase basic needs for families in need, particularly around the holidays.
  • Foster Forward (East Providence)- The $25,000 grant will support the “Aspire Program,” which provides Rhode Islanders with financial education, training, and access to employment and education services, as well as assistance with saving toward purchasing and sustaining durable assets.
  • Meals on Wheels (Providence) –This $50,000 grant will support the “Centreville Bank Emergency Meal Program,” which enables Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island to provide five “shelf-stable” meals, ensuring that homebound seniors will be safe and fed should inclement weather or other emergencies prevent the delivery of meals.
  • North Kingstown Food Pantry – The $5,000 grant will be used for the “Food Nutrition Program” for school-age children and families in need.
  • RI Community Food Bank (Providence) – A $5,000 grant will help cover costs associated with acquiring food for people in need.
  • Ronald McDonald House (Providence) - The $20,000 grant will go toward continued funding of the “Centreville Bank Room” and additional operational support.
  • The College Crusade (Providence) – The $125,000 will be used for operational needs and to fund the “Family Engagement Program,” which aims to engage, empower, and educate College Crusade parents and guardians so they can advocate for their child’s academic success and social development, and support their children’s readiness for postsecondary education.
  • University of Rhode Island (Kingston) – The $20,000 grant will be used for the University’s Foundation Scholarship Fund. This is the fifth of a five-year commitment to Kingston-based URI. It is focused on college scholarships to support 4-5 students every year across various disciplines, including Nursing, Supply Chain Management (Business), Kinesiology, Psychology, Secondary Education, Electrical Engineering, and Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Year UP – The $10,000 in funding will be used to cover enrollment costs for two groups of Providence students (approximately 160) and operational support.

Connecticut organizations receiving third quarter grants are:

  • Hale YMCA (Putnam) – The $5,000 grant will be used to cover membership fees for families in need who otherwise would be unable to afford programs and services.
  • Horizons (South Windham) - The $2,000 in funding will go toward COVID-19 recovery and capital-building including the purchase of a computer and a wireless printer to aid staff in working remotely.
  • Read to Grow (Branford) – The $70,600 grant will be used for the purchase of a new mobile library.
  • TEEG (Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group) (North Grosvenordale) – The $50,000 in funding will be used to expand the Attendance Mentoring Program for students in various towns throughout Connecticut. Mentors work with at risk youth focusing their attention on aiding the child with academic achievement, vocational exploration, developing life skills, personal awareness, healthy relationships, and managing emotions.

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 and Putnam 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, Putnam Bank, which is headquartered in Putnam, Connecticut, operates as a division of Centreville Bank and 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 and www.putnambank.com.