East Providence-based McNamara embarks on Citizens Bank community service sabbatical

Ana McNamara Ana McNamara

PROVIDENCE — Citizens Bank recently announced Ana McNamara, Officer and Risk Management Specialist at the East Providence Operations Center as the most recent colleague to embark on a paid three-month Community Service Sabbatical.

The program celebrated its 100th sabbatical placement in 2012 and has generated more than 48,000 volunteer hours valued at more than $1 million for partnering nonprofit organizations since 1994. McNamara will spend the next three months “on loan” to Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP).

Ana McNamara

Ana McNamara

The Community Service Sabbatical program is a part of Citizens Helping Citizens Give, the bank’s program for volunteerism and colleague charitable giving. The Sabbatical program was introduced as a way to support the community and the volunteer efforts of Citizens Bank colleagues. Through this signature program, colleagues bring a variety of professional skills and expertise that benefit the local nonprofit organizations where they work as full-time volunteers during a three-month paid leave of absence from the bank.

“Community service is one of our core values at Citizens Bank and we know from our colleagues that the opportunity to bond with a community organization is often a reason they join the bank,” said Ned Handy, President of Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens, Rhode Island. “Our colleagues who have completed sabbaticals tell us that it is a life-changing experience that brings a newfound perspective to their life and career. We congratulate Ana on her sabbatical and are confident she will make the most of this opportunity to make a difference in her local community.”

CCAP is based in Cranston and is dedicated to fighting the war on poverty. The organization provides a wide spectrum of programs like education, job training, affordable housing, access to food, healthcare and human services to help those in immediate need and empowers those desiring to become more self-sufficient. McNamara is assisting CCAP with simplifying its operations in order to better serve its clients and staff. McNamara will teach financial literacy to the young clients of CCAP so the learn how to save, manage their money and buy selectively.

“We are honored that Citizens Bank and Ana have chosen Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP) for her community sabbatical,” said Joanne McGunagle, CAP Executive Director. “Ana brings to us a wealth of experience and enthusiasm for the work she will be involved with at CCAP. We are looking forward to having Ana here; she has a substantial amount of experience to offer our clients.”

Citizens Helping Citizens Give is part of the bank’s broader Citizens Helping Citizens program addressing five key areas: hunger, housing, economic development, financial education and volunteerism.

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