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MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth B. Eckel, Senior Vice President, Marketing
TELEPHONE: 401-348-1309
EMAIL: ebeckel@washtrust.com
DATE: March 19, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington Trust Provides $50,000 to WARM Center

WARM

Pictured from left to right: Washington Trust Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Joseph J. MarcAurele, Rev. Jean Barry, WARM Center Executive Director Russell Partridge and Dennis Algiere, Washington Trust Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer and Director of Community Affairs outside the new WARM Center building.

Westerly, Rhode Island... The WARM Center Capital Campaign Co-Chairs, Bishop Jim Hazelwood of Charlestown and Olga Goff of Watch Hill, have announced that Washington Trust has made a Major Gift of $50,000 to support families and individuals of the Westerly area who need shelter and meals. Russ Partridge, WARM Executive Director, said, “Once again Washington Trust has taken a leadership role to help our community protect and shelter those in need.”

“Washington Trust is proud to help support the WARM Center efforts to help those in need in our local community,” stated Joseph J. MarcAurele, Washington Trust Chairman, President, and CEO.

The WARM Center has always been known as a shelter and soup kitchen. Over the last 25 years, WARM has come to offer much more. To struggling parents, WARM is affordable housing or help with utility bills. To disabled people with financial challenges WARM is an accessible, affordable apartment. To the elder who cannot afford medicines, WARM is a safety net.

After 25 years of service the WARM Center, with the support of companies like Washington Trust and a distinguished group of volunteers have been raising money to build a new center. The new WARM Center will be a modern facility providing dignified shelter and meals to the homeless; affordable apartments for people with disabilities; and adequate space for case management and implementation of job-readiness programs.

Next door to the new Center, WARM’s existing shelter, with 9 sets of bunk beds squeezed into two small rooms and only two bathrooms for 19 people, will finally be renovated. Currently the Center must turn away homeless people who use wheelchairs. The shelter renovation will add wheelchair accessibility and room to move.

The new WARM Center at 56 Spruce Street will exemplify WARM’s motto of compassion, hope and dignity. It will strengthen our social services, bolster our community, and give our clients the help they need to achieve self-sufficiency. We hope the community can help the WARM Center realize their dream of Anita’s Kitchen and the new WARM Center.

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Pictured from left to right: Dennis Algiere, Washington Trust Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer and Director of Community Affairs, Joseph J. MarcAurele, Washington Trust Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Russell Patridge, WARM Center Executive Director touring the kitchen for the new WARM Center. The new kitchen will allow the WARM Center to accommodate their increasing number of soup kitchen clients.

The Washington Trust Company is a subsidiary of Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc., a $3.1 billion corporation headquartered in Westerly, Rhode Island. Founded in 1800, Washington Trust is the oldest community bank in the nation and is the largest independent bank headquartered in Rhode Island. A state-chartered bank, Washington Trust offers a full range of financial services, including business banking, personal banking, and wealth management and trust services through its offices located in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Corporation's common stock trades on The NASDAQ Global Select® Stock Market under the symbol WASH. Web site address: www.washtrust.com.

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