Champions in Action, a partnership between Citizens Bank and NECN, is designed to recognize and support diverse nonprofit organizations for their contributions to Massachusetts communities. A new champion is selected each quarter among a wide range of social service areas. Massachusetts Champions in Action to date are: Mattapan Community Health Center, Friends of the Homeless in Springfield, RAW Art Works in Lynn, Wellspring House in Gloucester, Worcester County Food Bank in Shrewsbury, Employ+Ability in Braintree, HarborCOV of Chelsea, United South End Settlements of Boston, Women of Means, Partners for Youth with Disabilities in Boston, Falmouth Service Center on Cape Cod, The Community Family serving Everett, Medford and Lowell, Women's Lunch Place in Boston and Briarcliff Lodge of the North Shore.
For more information about the program, click here.
Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center named Champion in Action
Citizens Bank and NECN provide $25,000 grant, PR and volunteer support
BOSTON Citizens Bank and NECN today named the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center a Champion in Action® in Massachusetts under the category of violence prevention. It has offices in Amesbury and Newburyport and works with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in nine cities and towns on the North Shore. As part of the award, Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center will receive a $25,000 unrestricted grant from the Citizens Bank Foundation and promotional support from NECN.
The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center is a true Champion in Action for providing life-saving services to thousands of abused women and their children, said Robert E. Smyth, President, Citizens Bank, Massachusetts. In addition to offering programs to victims of abuse, it works with members of the community to promote a philosophy that supports nonviolence and mutual respect within relationships, homes and society. We are proud to join NECN in honoring this organization during National Domestic Violence Month.
For 25 years, Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center has worked to protect victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, educate the community about domestic violence and create partnerships with police departments, civic organizations and community leaders who can change the lives of women and their children. It offers a confidential 24-hour hotline, support groups with child care and legal representation by staff and pro bono attorneys. The dedicated staff and volunteers at Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center believe that when a community is involved in responding to domestic violence, the healing process can begin.
Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center believes that victims should be able to stay safely in their homes. This is possible when the community holds perpetrators, those who commit the crimes, accountable. This approach allows victims and their children to maintain their daily lifestyle including work, school and contact with family and friends, which is typically cut off if they seek safety in shelters or go into hiding.
The work being done by the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center to stabilize and revitalize the lives of women and children affected by the scourge of domestic violence is no less than heroic, said NECN Founder and President Philip S. Balboni. NECN could not be more proud to team up with Citizens Bank to support this organization for what it does to improve not only the lives of individuals, but also what it does to strengthen the fabric of the community as a whole.
Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center is being recognized for:
· Empowering women and children to live free from fear, intimidation, violence or the threat of abuse by providing support, advocacy and education.
· Creating a Rapid Response Team to assist victims immediately following an incident giving them the greatest chance of moving beyond violence toward safety.
· Conducting workshops in places where family violence is likely to be revealed including hospitals, police departments and churches.
· Educating elementary school students on bullying prevention and teaching teenagers about dating violence and healthy relationships in an effort to break the cycle of violence for the next generation.
· Providing support to 1,200 adults and 175 children in fiscal year 2007.
In addition, Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center created the Harry Potter Child Empowerment Group. The innovative, therapeutic program uses Harry Potter books to teach children they can overcome violence and move toward peaceful and successful lives as Harry Potter does in the popular fictional book series. Through this program, children quickly learn to change their attitudes about violence while learning to understand their own experiences and recovery process.
As a Champion in Action, Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center receives:
· A $25,000 contribution in unrestricted funds from the Citizens Bank Foundation.
· Media coverage from NECN, including public service announcements, news stories and segments on other NECN programs such as NewsNight and New England Business Day.
· Volunteer support from Citizens and NECN employees.
· Extensive public relations support.
· Promotional support highlighting the Champion in Action in all Citizens Bank branches and on its ATMs.
· Exposure on both Citizens Bank and NECN Web sites.
Domestic violence robs its victims of the ability to transcend their present situations and to dream of possibilities that lie before them, said Suzanne C. Dubus, Executive Director, Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center. As a small organization, being recognized by Citizens Bank and NECN will help us get our message out to a larger audience. We are honored to receive this award.
Since introducing the program in 2002, Citizens has awarded 21 Massachusetts organizations $525,000.
For more information about the Citizens Bank / NECN Champions in Action program, visit citizensbank.com/community or necn.com. To learn more about Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, please visit jeannegeigercrisiscenter.org.
About Citizens Bank
Citizens Bank is a division of RBS Citizens, N.A., operating its seven-state branch network in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. It has 263 branches and 608 ATMs in Massachusetts.
RBS Citizens, N.A. is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $159 billion commercial bank holding company headquartered in Providence, R.I. CFGs two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 13-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. CFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in about 40 states. It is one of the 10 largest commercial banking companies in the United States ranked by assets and deposits. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). CFGs Web site is citizensbank.com.
NECN is the largest 24-hour regional news network in the country, with 3.7 million subscribers in more than 1,050 cities and towns in all six New England states. It is a partnership of Comcast and the Hearst Corporation. The station specializes in long-form journalism, producing documentaries and extensive local and national political coverage. For more information on NECN, go to www.necn.com.
Champ in Action: Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center
(10/11/07 3:52 p.m.)
For 25 years, the staff at the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center has provided help and counseling for victims of domestic violence in the Newburyport, Mass. Area. Then, in March of 2002, the Geiger Center was forced to rethink its approach after the murder of an Amesbury woman. NECN's Leslie Gaydos has more.
Suzanne Dubus, Exec. Director, Geiger Center
(10/17/07 10:10 p.m.)
Suzanne Dubus is the Executive Director of the Jeannie Geiger Center in Newburyport, Massachusetts. She joins NECN's Chet Curtis to talk about the center's innovative response to victims of domestic violence.
Looking back at 5 years of Champs in Action
(10/17/07 8:48 p.m.)
On the fifth anniversary of the Champions in Action program, NECN takes a look back at some of the great champions. Both NECN and Citizen's Bank have received wonderful feedback to the program.
Look back at United Teen Equality Center
(10/17/07 8:52 p.m.)
An organization called United Teen Equality Center, has helped the city of Lowell, Massachusetts take on gang violence. In the summer of 2005, reporter Scot Yount shared the UTEC story with NECN viewers.
Look back at "Women of Means"
(10/17/07 8:56 p.m.)
In the Fall of 2004, the topic of Champions in Action was health care. Women of Means was the champion for providing health care for homeless women in Boston. NECN's Anya Huneke reports.
Dr. Azzie Young, Mattapan Community Health Center
(10/17/07 9:04 p.m.)
Dr. Azzie Young, the dynamic leader of the Mattapan Community Health Center, joins NECN's Chet Curtis. She talks about what it meant to the organization to be named a Champion in Action.
Champion in Action: Earthworks
(7/16/07 10:55 p.m.)
Citizens Bank and NECN have chosen Earthworks, a Boston Organization, as this quarter's Champion in Action. Earthworks aims to create a healthier and more sustainable environment in Greater Boston. NECN's Ally Donnelly has details.
Champ in Action: Esperanza Academy
(4/12/07 9:43 p.m.)
A group of girls who live in Lawrence, Mass. have been given an opportunity of a lifetime. They are putting in a lot of hard work and seem destined for success. They are the first students to attend a new tuition-free school for low-income kids. NECN and Citizens Bank have chosen Esperanza Academy as this quarter's Champion in Action. Here's NECN's Leslie Gaydos.
NECN Extra: Laurie Bottinger of Esperanza Academy
(4/17/07 11:22 a.m.)
Laurie Bottinger, the Head of Esperanza Academy, sits down with NECN's Leslie Gaydos for a one-on-one discussion. NECN and Citizens Bank have chosen Esperanza Academy as this quarter's Champion in Action.
Champion in Action: Briarcliff Lodge
(1/18/07 8:07 p.m.)
Many families on the North Shore of Mass. have been spared from making the difficult decision to put an elderly family in a nursing home. They're lucky enough to have a non-profit adult day health program in their community. NECN's Leslie Gaydos takes us to The Briarcliff Lodge in Lynn, Mass.
Citizens Bank and NECN named Briarcliff Lodge, part of Lynn Community Elder Services, as this quarters Champion in Action. Briarcliff Lodge houses adult day programs for frail seniors on the North Shore who suffer from dementia, Alzheimers disease and other chronic acute conditions. As part of the award, Briarcliff Lodge will receive a $25,000 unrestricted grant from the Citizens Bank Foundation, media coverage and volunteer support. Pictured from left are: Brendan Crighton, Aide to State Senator Tom McGee; Tom Melville, Assistant News Director at NECN; Katherine Fox, Executive Director of Briarcliff Lodge; Lynn Mayor Edward (Chip) Clancy Jr.; Paul Crowley, Board President of Greater Lynn Senior Services; Robert E. Smyth, Chairman, President and CEO of Citizens Bank of Massachusetts; and State Representative Steven Walsh.
Tom Melville, NECN Assistant News Director tells the audience how committed NECN is to public service and to helping organizations like Briarcliff Lodge get the recognition they deserve
Katherine Fox, executive director of Briarcliff Lodge and 96-year-old Agnes Moran,
a Briarcliff client, as Agnes describes her life growing up in Lynn.
Bob Smyth, chairman, president and CEO of Citizens Bank of Massachusetts, presents a check for $25,000 to Katherine Fox. The Lodge will use the award to plant a garden and improve their outdoor space for clients to enjoy.
Briarcliff clients watch the award ceremony.
Champion in Action: Women's Lunch Place
(10/17/06 9:09 p.m.)
For 24 years, the Women's Lunch Place in Boston has been providing a comfortable place for homeless women to spend part of the day. It has been chosen by NECN and Citizens Bank as this quarter's "Champion in Action."NECN's Leslie Gaydos has more.
Champion in Action: The Community Family
(4/14/06 10:10 p.m.)
The Community Family organization offers low-cost, adult day health care for seniors across Massachusetts. Despite decades of growth, Community Family is often overlooked as an alternative to assisted living programs. Anya Huneke takes a closer look at this "Champion in Action."