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Washington Trust Presents $5,000 to the Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County


Westerly, Rhode Island... Washington Trust President & COO Edward O. (Ned) Handy and Elizabeth B. Eckel, Washington Trust Sr. Vice President of Marketing, recently presented a $5,000 check to Mary Roda, Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County (DVRCSC), on behalf of The Washington Trust Charitable Foundation.

Bank officials also presented more than 150 used cell-phones that were donated by the community and bank employees as part of the Bank’s annual cell-phone recycling campaign to collect phones that Center clients can use in emergency situations. The phones provide a sense of safety and security—knowing that 911 is at a client’s fingertips should they need help. The remaining phones are sent to a company that reconditions them or uses what parts they can and in turn provides funds from each phone to the DVRCSC. Since 2001, Washington Trust’s collection efforts have enabled the DVRCSC to receive more than $20,000 in funds from the recycled phones.

“Partnerships like we have with the DVRCSC allow Washington Trust to give back to the community by supporting the very people who work tirelessly to offer safety, advocacy, education and critical services to those in need,” says Handy.

The DVRCSC is a nonprofit agency that works toward a future free of violence, and to build a community in which each individual shares the responsibility to create a culture of safety and personal dignity.

“The Washington Trust Company has been a loyal supporter of the DVRCSC for many years, from leadership on our Board of Directors, program support from the WTC Charitable Foundation, an annual cell phone collection campaign and lead sponsorship of our flagship event, which Deb Gormley, Washington Trust Sr. Vice President of Retail Banking is chairing this October for the second year in a row,” explains Mary Roda, Executive Director of the DVRCSC.

Founded in 1800, Washington Trust is one of New England's premier financial services companies, providing mortgage banking, commercial banking, small business banking, personal banking, and wealth management and trust services to individuals and institutions through its offices located in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Washington Trust Company is a subsidiary of Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc., (NASDAQ OMX®: WASH). Web site address: www.washtrust.com.


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth B. Eckel, Senior Vice President, Marketing
TELEPHONE: 401-348-1309
EMAIL: ebeckel@washtrust.com
DATE: July 30, 2014


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