The Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation has awarded $250,000 to Onward We Learn in support of its comprehensive college readiness program which helps young people in Rhode Island become the first in their families to attend college. The grant is part of $374,500 in total Q4 2022 funding donated to 15 organizations throughout Rhode Island and Connecticut. Staff from Centreville Bank recently joined Onward We Learn at their annual College 101 Family Bingo Night at the Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex. Pictured from left to right are: Paola Fernandez, Centreville Bank senior vice president, community development officer; Harold Horvat, Centreville Bank president, CEO and chairman of the board; and Andrew Bramson, Onward We Learn president and CEO.
More than $1.3 million donated to RI and CT organizations in 2022
Harold M. Horvat, Centreville Bank president, CEO and chairman, today announced that the Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation has awarded $250,000 to Onward We Learn in support of its college readiness program for first-generation students. The grant is part of $374,500 in total Q4 2022 funding donated to 15 organizations throughout Rhode Island and Connecticut.
This final round of 2022 charitable giving by the Foundation brings its total grants awarded to $1.3 million for the year, the largest annual giving amount in bank history and the third year in a row surpassing the million-dollar milestone. Funds supported a total of 236 organizations across Rhode Island and Connecticut. The Foundation’s 2022 year in review report can be viewed here.
“Centreville Bank is proud to support Onward We Learn and all of these vital organizations that are doing amazing work throughout Rhode Island and Eastern Connecticut,” said Horvat. “We have a shared mission to support the communities we serve and we’re proud that we’ve been able to provide over $1.3 million this past year to such indispensable institutions as they work to combat food insecurity and homelessness, impact education and improve overall health and wellness.”
Onward We Learn’s comprehensive college readiness program helps young people in Rhode Island become the first in their families to attend college. In addition to program support, grant funds will also benefit Onward We Learn’s family engagement initiatives, college success coaching and organizational capacity building.
“Onward We Learn is grateful to Centreville Bank and the Charitable Foundation for this most generous grant that will help us improve our families’ experience through education and engagement activities and expand coaching and support for our college students to get them across the finish line,” said Andrew Bramson, Onward We Learn president and CEO. “These funds will go a long way in providing mentorship and programs that focus on academic enrichment, social-emotional learning, career exploration and preparation for college.”
Additional Rhode Island organizations receiving fourth quarter grants are:
Connecticut organizations receiving fourth quarter grants are:
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County – The $10,000 in funding will be used to support academic and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) programming for Middletown students ages 5-12.
- Day One (Providence) – The $5,000 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.
- North Kingstown Food Pantry – The $5,000 grant will support the Vacation Nutrition Program.
- Northern RI Food Pantry (Cumberland) – The $5,000 grant will be used to help add a second day of food distribution for clients in Northern Rhode Island.
- Reach Out and Read of Rhode Island (Providence) – $5,000 in funding will go toward partnerships with pediatricians to prepare young children for academic and lifelong success by incorporating books into every well visit.
- Sophia Academy (Providence) – The $20,000 grant will go toward student scholarships.
- Year Up RI (Providence) – The $10,000 grant will support the job training program.
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 the bank. The Foundation focuses on three priorities: education success, economic security and capacity building. For more information, or to apply for a grant, visit: https://www.centrevillebank.com/Community/Local-Support/Community-Commitment.
- Madonna Place (Norwich) – The $5,000 grant will go toward the Family Support Center Program.
- Martin House, Inc. (Norwich) – The $5,000 grant will support the Food Security program and help provide daily meals and temporary shelter for those experiencing homelessness.
- Operation Fuel (Hartford) – The $2,000 donation will help provide emergency energy assistance for those in need.
- Read To Grow (Branford) – $40,000 grant will be used to support and expand the reach of the Read To Grow Bookmobile, which promotes literacy for children birth and up and provides free books to children.
- Thames River Community Service, Inc. (Norwich) – The $5,000 grant will support those experiencing homelessness and the organization’s Apartment Turnover and Supplies Program.
- Thames Valley Council for Community Action, Inc. (New London) – The $2,500 grant will go toward the Senior Nutrition Program, which serves Eastern Connecticut residents ages 60 and older.