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For Immediate Release

Easterseals Recognizes Local Employers for Providing Work Opportunities for Clients Spotlight on Citizens Bank for $50,000 Gift to Bolster Efforts

Manchester, NH, December 13, 2016

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Pamela Dube

Easterseals NH’s Workforce Development recently held the inaugural Working for Success event to honor outstanding employment partners who provide opportunities for Easterseals clients to gain independence by being active members of the state’s workforce.

Recipients of this year’s awards included TJ Maxx (Keene), Stonewall Kitchen (York, ME), Walmart (Bedford), Great North Aleworks (Manchester) and Constantly Pizza (Concord). Collectively, these businesses have opened their doors to Easterseals clients so that they may gain employment experience, build independence and, be active members of the Granite State’s workforce.

To ensure the continued success of Easterseals NH’s Workforce Development, Citizens Bank was also recognized at the event for a $50,000 gift. The gift will fund a project that will support 800 individuals annually, including people with disabilities, students in transition, and veterans, to secure part-time or full-time employment with benefits in order to promote their independence and financial well-being.

“Our commitment is to help these individuals secure and maintain sustainable employment and community engagement,” said Easterseals President & CEO Larry Gammon. “We are thankful to Citizens Bank for their continued support of our employment programs for people with disabilities and special needs.

Citizens Bank has a long history of backing employment efforts in the state and has given generously over the years to Easterseals to support these endeavors. Their latest gift will help to consolidate employment services staff under one roof, with a convenient and secured entrance for clients and access to offices and meeting spaces, all of which will enhance the professionalism and privacy of service delivery.

“Our partnership with Easterseals is a demonstration of Citizens Bank’s commitment to strengthening New Hampshire’s workforce and improving the economic vitality of this region,” said Joseph Carelli, President of Citizens Bank, New Hampshire. “Helping people secure employment is about more than just a paycheck - it’s about enhancing their ability to pursue their goals.”

The gift from Citizens Bank will help to ensure employment services growth into the future. Award recipient Stonewall Kitchen, a new Easterseals employer, is honored to be part of the effort.

“We’re so happy to be working with Easterseals New Hampshire,” said Sharon Decato, Stonewall Kitchen Director of Human Resources. “We met over a year ago at a job fair and discussed the idea of working together on their Employment Services Program. After those initial conversations, we knew partnering would be a wonderful opportunity to not only give back to our community, but also help program clients on job development and training. For the past year, participants have been working in our fulfillment center and have done a wonderful job. We’re absolutely thrilled to have made the connection and look forward to working on projects in the future.”

If you are interested in employing Easterseals clients, or would like to learn more about Easterseals services, please visit Easterseals.com/nh or call 603.623.8863.

About Easterseals New Hampshire
For 80 years, Easterseals NH has provided exceptional services to ensure we change the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day. Easterseals services include autism services, inclusive child care and early intervention, special education, medical rehabilitation, camping and recreation, vocational services, senior services, substance abuse services, adult day programs, community based services, individual service options, transportation services, residential service options, dental services and veteran services. As a leader in social services for individuals with disabilities and special needs, Easterseals NH employs more than 1,400 individuals who serve more than 26,900 children, adults and seniors in over 90 programs throughout the state. To learn more about Easterseals NH, visit www.easterseals.com/nh.

About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $147 billion in assets as of September 30, 2016. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Citizens offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions. In Consumer Banking, Citizens helps its retail customers “bank better” with mobile and online banking, a 24/7 customer contact center and the convenience of approximately 3,200 ATMs and approximately 1,200 Citizens Bank branches in 11 states in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Citizens also provides wealth management, mortgage lending, auto lending, student lending and commercial banking services in select markets nationwide. In Commercial Banking, Citizens offers corporate, institutional and not-for-profit clients a full range of wholesale banking products and services including lending and deposits, capital markets, treasury services, foreign exchange and interest hedging, leasing and asset finance, specialty finance and trade finance. Citizens operates through its subsidiaries Citizens Bank, N.A., and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania as Citizens Bank, Citizens Commercial Banking and Citizens One. Additional information about Citizens and its full line of products and services can be found at www.citizensbank.com.

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