Washington Trust partnered with the United Way of Rhode Island’s Women’s Leadership Council for a summer book drive that netted more than 4,000 children’s books to benefit “Books Are Wings,” a Rhode Island organization dedicated to ensuring that all children have books in their homes. Washington Trust collected books through the Bank’s 18 Rhode Island branch offices, as well as at its operations center and corporate headquarters. The United Way of Rhode Island collected approximately 13,000 books during its summer book drive.
“Washington Trust was pleased to partner with and support the United Way in their efforts to improve children’s literacy in Rhode Island,” Joseph J. MarcAurele, Washington Trust chairman, president and CEO, said in a statement. “We thank our employees, customers, friends and neighbors, who generously donated 4,000 books, almost one-third of the total collected, to this state-wide literacy initiative.”
All of the books collected will be distributed as part of Back to School Celebration RI in conjunction with Books Are Wings. The annual event, which provides children in-need with a backpack full of school supplies for the coming academic year, helps 16,000 local youth statewide. This year, children will have an opportunity to select a book of their choice to begin building their at-home library.