The nonprofit organization will use the grant to hire a part-time nutritionist, who will conduct family assessments, provide nutrition and exercise consultation and training, offer exercise programs, and train the Tides staff to identify health concerns among their clients. Families will also receive packages of healthful foods called “Blessings in a Bag” as an incentive for participating.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation to address one of our most serious public health challenges, childhood obesity and nutrition,” said Beth Bixby, CEO of Tides Family Services. “Many of the families served by Tides face difficult financial decisions every day, such as how much they can afford to spend on nutrient-rich food when they also need to pay the rent and utilities or purchase necessary items such as winter coats. Many of them want to have healthier diets, and they need our support to make the necessary changes.”
“We are pleased to support the work of Tides Family Services, an organization that provides struggling families with such a wide variety of educational and support services,” said Tom Lamb, Chairman, President and CEO of Centreville Bank. “The Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation is committed to helping build stronger Rhode Island communities, and stronger communities start with stronger, healthier individuals.”
“The timing of the grant could not be better, as we celebrate 35 years of service,” added Mary-Kate O’Leary, Vice President of Philanthropy for Tides Family Services. As our founder, Brother Michael Reis once said, ‘We cannot turn our backs on those who need us most.’ Thanks to the generosity of the Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation, we will be able to serve approximately 2,000 children and adults.”
Photo ID (L-R): Julie Casey, SVP, Strategic Planning, Marketing & Communications, Centreville Bank; Jill DeShiro, EVP, Chief Financial & Administrative Risk Officer, Centreville Bank; Brother Michael Reis, Founder & Chief Visionary Officer, Tides Family Services; Tom Lamb, President, CEO and Chairman, Centreville Bank; Beth Bixby, CEO, Tides Family Services, and Josh Almeida, Director of Technology, Tides Family Services.
Tides Family Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit social services agency focusing on addressing the needs of children at risk. Since its incorporation in 1983, Tides has promoted family preservation and maintenance of youth within their communities through individual, family and group counseling; home visitations; educational and court advocacy as well as the networking of social services. Tides aims to provide the children, youth and their families with the services they need. The overall goal of Tides’ effort is to keep within the mission of the De La Salle Christian Brothers.
About the Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation:
The Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation was established as a non-profit charitable organization in 2006 by the Board of Trustees to further the philanthropic mission of Centreville Bank. The Foundation’s goal is to partner with local non-profit organizations that work to strengthen, grow, and contribute to the well-being of the communities that we serve.