Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation issues $182K in grants

WEST WARWICK – The Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation has awarded $181,900 in grants to eight Rhode Island organizations with missions ranging from social services to education to environmental protection.

Centreville Bank Chairman and CEO Harold Horvat announced the grants were made to the following organizations.

Child & Family Services: In Middletown, with community centers there and in Providence, the group provides elder services, family support programs, and residential programs for foster children and behavioral health care, serving about 5,000 people a year. The $100,000 grant will be used to support the Bridges to Success Independent Living Program, which provides young adults access to safe housing, financial literacy tools, academic guidance and job-placement services to help in the transition from foster care to adulthood.

Friends Way: In Warwick, the group is the only child and family bereavement center in Rhode Island. The $25,000 grant will be used to fund biweekly support-group nights and operational costs.

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Comprehensive Community Action Program: In Cranston, the group is one of Rhode Island’s largest organizations dedicated solely to fighting the war on poverty. It provides a spectrum of services to help those in immediate need and to empower anyone desiring to become more self-sufficient. The $18,400 grant will be used to replace and enhance digital technology at three youth/skill centers.

Sojourner House: In Providence, the group serves victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The $10,000 grant will be used for rapid rehousing of victims of sexual abuse, assault and trafficking.

Providence Public Library: In Providence, the group runs the 144-year-old private nonprofit, providing free library services through its physical and digital collection, information resources, educational programs and staff. The $10,000 grant will be used for the library’s teen education program, dubbed “Teen Squad,” and workforce-development initiative.

San Miguel School: In Providence, the mission-based Lasallian school is for boys in grades 5 through 8 who come from underserved populations in the city. The $10,000 grant will be used for sponsorships of three sixth grade students for the 2019-20 academic year.

One Neighborhood Builders: In Providence, the group is a nonprofit community-development organization dedicated to revitalizing Providence neighborhoods. The $7,500 grant will be used to support agency programming focusing on homeownership promotion and financial education.

Save The Bay: In Providence, with centers in Newport and Westerly, this group is an independent, member-supported nonprofit. Its mission is to protect and improve Narragansett Bay. The $1,000 grant will be used to help fund the Woonsocket after-school/summer program.

“Centreville Bank is fortunate to be in a strong financial position, which enables us to invest in Rhode Islanders through these great organizations,” Horvat said in a statement. “As a community bank, our mission is to help strengthen communities across our state.”

The bank’s nonprofit Charitable Foundation was established in 2006 by its board of trustees to further the bank’s philanthropic mission.

Scott Blake is a PBN staff writer. Email him at Blake@PBN.com.