Washington, DC – On January 30, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recognized Coastway Community Bank for their outstanding contributions to advancing quality mentoring opportunities for our youth. They received this recognition through their participation in the Corporate Mentoring Challenge, originally launched by First Lady Michelle Obama, and were honored during an awards ceremony at the 2014 National Mentoring Summit.
“All of the companies that participated in the Corporate Mentoring Challenge represent extraordinary models of corporate citizenship when it comes to investing– both human and financial resources – in our next generation of leaders through mentoring,” said David Shapiro, President and CEO of MENTOR. “Their innovative and strategic partnerships produce positive outcomes for young people that result in a powerful mentoring effect on our future workforce, economy and strength as a nation.”
Coastway Community Bank was recognized for having the highest percentage of employees participating in mentoring programs among all nominated businesses nationwide.
Bank employees mentor in 10 schools from elementary to high school in low to middle income areas covering the communities they serve. In addition, their employees contribute 100 volunteer hours to manage a silent auction fundraiser for the Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership, located in Warwick.
"Mentoring at Coastway has been a passion for over 20 years. We talk about it over lunch. We strategize in our offices,” said Brenda Forsyth, Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Coastway Community Bank. “We have dedicated so many employees and so much of our time and energy to mentoring in the elementary schools that they'll tell you it feels like we have adopted them.”
For more information on mentoring, contact the Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership at 401-732-7700, or visit them online at www.mentorri.org.