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Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit & Medina Counties named Champion in Action for housing support in Ohio

Charter One and WJW FOX 8 to provide $25,000 grant, public relations and volunteer support in recognition of excellence

Akron, Ohio       (April 29, 2009) - Charter One and WJW FOX 8 named the Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties as their 2009 second quarter Champion in Action® winner in Ohio. As part of this award, the Battered Women’s Shelter will receive a $25,000 grant, public relations and volunteer support in recognition of its outstanding commitment to housing in northeast Ohio.

The Champions in Action program was launched in late 2005 by Charter One and WJW FOX 8 to honor and provide support to the area’s unsung community heroes – nonprofit organizations working to address the needs of northeast Ohio.

Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties was chosen as a Champion in Action in the housing category. Safe and stable housing are keys to success for victims and their children fleeing abusive relationships. At the BWS Crisis Center, survivors receive safe shelter, clothing, food, case management and 24-hour crisis intervention to regain stability. After one month, clients may receive housing through the Step II Transitional Program, where they are able to focus on long-term goals such as saving, education and employment. Step III assists clients who are working and in school to achieve self-sufficiency by providing rental and utility assistance and continuing supportive services as needed.

Representatives of Charter One and WJW FOX 8 surprised BWS staff and community supporters with the award.

”The staff of the women’s shelter and the women and children they serve are incredible people whose stories are an inspiration,” said Carrie Carpenter, Vice President, Director of Public Affairs at Charter One, Ohio. “Providing a fresh start for these women makes the Battered Women’s Shelter an easy and deserving choice for this award.”

Greg Easterly, General Manager of FOX 8, shared the sentiment.

“This program has helped so many women and children find a safe place to call home,” said Easterly. “We are proud to partner with Charter One to honor this outstanding organization.”

As a Champion in Action, Battered Women’s Shelter will receive:

 A $25,000 contribution in unrestricted funds from the Charter One Foundation.
 Media coverage from WJW FOX 8, including public service announcements and news stories.
 Volunteer support from Charter One and WJW FOX 8 employees.
 Promotional support highlighting the Champion in Action in Charter One branches and on its ATMs.
 Exposure on both Charter One’s and WJW FOX 8’s Web sites.

“We are sincerely grateful to Charter One and FOX 8, said Terri Heckman, Executive Director of BWS. “This generous award will help us expand our programming to help women maintain safe and stable homes.”

A new Champion in Action is named each quarter among a wide range of social concerns. To obtain a Champions in Action application, eligible organizations should visit the bank’s Web site, www.charterone.com/community.

About Charter One

Charter One is a division of RBS Citizens, N.A., operating in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. It has approximately 400 branches and 660 ATMs. It has 158 branches and 183 ATMs in Ohio. Charter One’s Web site is charterone.com.  

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