FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 29, 2015
UESF Veterans Outreach named Champion in Action in Veterans Support Category
Citizens Bank, NBC10/Telemundo62, Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com
provide $35,000 in funding, PR and volunteer support
PHILADELPHIA June 29 2015 – – Citizens Bank, NBC10/Telemundo62 and Philadelphia Media Network, publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com, recognized UESF (Utility Emergency Services Fund) as a 2015 Champion in Action® in the category of veterans support. UESF will receive $35,000 in unrestricted funding, media coverage, and extensive promotional and volunteer support for its outstanding work.
“UESF is honored to receive the Champions in Action Award and we extend our sincerest appreciation to Citizens Bank, Philadelphia Media Network. NBC10 and Telemundo62 for this amazing recognition,” said John Rowe, Executive Director of UESF. “This award will go a long way to help us continue our work to stabilize housing for veterans and their families by addressing their immediate needs and by removing barriers to long-term stability by providing wrap-around and support services. We are extremely grateful to Citizens Bank, NBC10 and Philadelphia Media Network for this generous program which invests in local communities.”
The award honors UESF for its work providing direct housing placement and supportive services for veterans who are homeless and those at-risk for becoming homeless. Among the more effective components of UESF’s Veterans program are the Veteran Engagement Partners (VEPs), a street outreach team that identifies and engages homeless veterans throughout Philadelphia. The VEPs are comprised of veterans and former clients who have experienced housing challenges and can relate to the needs of other veterans in similar circumstances.
“Citizens Bank is pleased to name UESF as the latest Champion in Action for its work helping veterans and their families in the Greater Philadelphia region,” said Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, President of Citizens Bank for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. “Since 2013, the organization has been working with local veterans to overcome homelessness by enrolling more than 279 veterans in need and distributing more than $625,000 in basic needs assistance to them. To date, 80 percent of their clients have been successfully housed or have retained their housing.”
Champions in Action is part of Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities, the bank’s program designed to enhance quality of life and economic vitality in local communities. It provides support for small nonprofit organizations to recognize their contributions to communities throughout Pennsylvania. To date, the program has awarded 39 nonprofits more than one million dollars in grants and promotional support in Philadelphia.
“NBC10 and Telemundo62 are pleased to recognize UESF for its work with veterans throughout our area,” said Ric Harris, President and General Manager of NBC10 and Telemundo62. “With a team of staff, volunteers and community partners, UESF is able to provide housing placement, rent, utilities, emergency food, transportation, furniture and other much needed household items.”
“Philadelphia Media Network is proud to recognize UESF in its continued work to help those who have served our country and now find themselves in need,” said Stan Wischnowski, Vice President of News Operations for Philadelphia Media Network. “UESF’s support for mainstream and VA benefits, legal referrals, employment and training, self-sufficiency education to help their clients with stable employment, and its work to provide safe housing is very honorable.”
UESF was surprised with the award June 29th during NBC10 News at 11 a.m. As a Champion in Action, UESF Vet Outreach receives the following over the next six months:
- A $35,000 contribution in unrestricted funds from Citizens Bank;
- Media coverage from NBC10, including an appearance on @Issue, the station’s public affairs program;
- The opportunity for the organization’s executive director to participate in a “president-to-president mentorship with Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, President of Citizens Bank for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware;
- Volunteer support from Citizens Bank, NBC10, the Inquirer, the Daily News and Philly.com;
- Extensive public relations support;
- Promotional support in all Citizens Bank branch DCN screens and on its ATMs;
- Exposure on Citizens Bank, NBC10, Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com websites.
Those who serve our country often return to challenges that can threaten housing stability. UESF works with Veterans and Veteran families who are experiencing homelessness or are at imminent risk of losing their homes. Our range of services helps them acquire the resources to become stable. Using a housing-first case management model, UESF provides services including housing acquisition and landlord negotiation, VA benefit assistance, mainstream benefits, legal assistance referrals, self-sufficiency education, and temporary financial assistance when needed.
For more information contact UESF’s Veterans’ Program at 215-814-6888 or visit the website http://www.uesfacts.org/our-programs/veterans-program/
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UESF Contact Tina Floyd 215-814-6822 UESF Social Media Contact Nancy Bragin 215-512-2900
Citizens Bank Contact Moira Baylson 267-671-1081
NBC10 Contact Kimberly Walker 610-668-5616
Philadelphia Media Network Contact Amy Buckman 215-854-5790
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