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3 Aug 2018

Career Wardrobe named Champion in Action in social entrepreneurship and enterprises category

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August 3, 2018 Category: Color Of Money Posted by:

Citizens Bank, NBC10/Telemundo62 and Philadelphia Media Network to provide $35,000 funding, public relations and volunteer support

 

Career Wardrobe, a nonprofit reducing barriers to work through professional clothing services and job readiness education, has been named a 2018 Champion in Action® in the category of social entrepreneurship & enterprises. The award, announced jointly by Citizens Bank, NBC10/Telemundo62 and Philadelphia Media Network, includes $35,000 in unrestricted funding, as well as promotional and volunteer support for the organization’s outstanding work.

Each year Career Wardrobe moves 5,000 clients from poverty, violence, trauma or incarceration to employment and financial independence. Through the Wardrobe Resale and Wardrobe Careers, a resale store not only provides apparel and accessories to job seekers, but also becomes a work experience and career skills training site.

Champions in Action is part of Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities, the bank’s program designed to enhance quality of life and economic vitality in local communities. In partnership with NBC10/Telemundo62 and Philadelphia Media Network, the program provides support for nonprofit organizations to recognize their contributions to communities throughout the greater Philadelphia region.

“Career Wardrobe levels the playing field for individuals looking to transition to work, and is the first step for many to a new career leading to long-term job success,” said Dan Fitzpatrick, president, Citizens Bank, Pennsylvania. “They are a true Champion in Action, utilizing a social enterprise model to inspire change and foster financial independence.”

“NBC10 and Telemundo62 is pleased to recognize Career Wardrobe for providing apparel and skills training to ultimately help break the cycle of poverty through employment,” said Ric Harris, president and general manager, NBC10 and Telemundo62.

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To date, the Champions in Action program has awarded 327 nonprofits across the bank’s footprint more than $9 million in contributions and promotional support. In the greater Philadelphia region, 45 nonprofits have been honored as Champions in Action, receiving more than $1.2 million.

“We thank Citizens, NBC10/Telemundo62 and Philadelphia Media Network for the Champion in Action award,” said Sheri K. Cole, executive director, Career Wardrobe. “The recognition will help us reach more clients and the financial support will enable us to pilot new programs and support our growth to meet community needs.”

As a Champion in Action, Career Wardrobe will receive:

  • a $35,000 contribution in unrestricted funds from Citizens Bank;
  • media coverage from NBC10/Telemundo62, and public service announcements from Philadelphia Media Network;
  • volunteer support from Citizens Bank colleagues;
  • promotional support highlighting the Champion in Action in Citizens Bank branches; and
  • exposure on the Citizens Bank, NBC10/Telemundo62, and Philadelphia Media Network websites.

For more information about the Champions in Action program, visit www.citizensbank.com/community/champions.

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