UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center named Champion in Action in Veterans & Military Families category


UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center named Champion in Action

in Veterans & Military Families category


Citizens Bank and New Hampshire Union Leader provide

$35,000 funding, public relations and volunteer support


MANCHESTER, NH – UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center, a nonprofit providing equine-assisted activities and therapies for veterans and their families, has been named a 2019 Champion in Action® in the category of Veterans & Military Families. The award, announced jointly by Citizens Bank and New Hampshire Union Leader, includes $35,000 in unrestricted funding as well as promotional and volunteer support for the organization’s outstanding work.

UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center partners with Camp Resilience and The Equine Immersion Program to offer equine-assisted activities and therapies specifically for veterans and their families.

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. In partnership with the New Hampshire Union Leader, the program provides support for nonprofit organizations to recognize their contributions to communities throughout the state.

“UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center helps veterans and military families in a unique and effective way,” said Joe Carelli, President, Citizens Bank, New Hampshire. “By utilizing the power of the equestrian therapy to help veterans face challenges, overcome barriers and achieve possibilities, UpReach is a true Champion in Action.”

 "The New Hampshire Union Leader is pleased to honor the work of UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center and to share its great story of inspiring hope and fostering independence," said Brendan McQuaid, President,  New Hampshire Union Leader.

To date, the Champions in Action program has awarded 337 nonprofits across the bank’s footprint more than $9 million in contributions and promotional support. In New Hampshire, 52 nonprofits have been honored as Champions in Action, receiving more than $1.4 million.

“Being named a Champion in Action enhances UpReach’s ability to address the invisible wounds of war and empower service members to experience the quality of life they seek and deserve,” said Karen Kersting, UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center Executive Director.

As a Champion in Action, UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center will receive:

  • A $35,000 contribution in unrestricted funds from Citizens Bank;

  • Media coverage from the New Hampshire Union Leader;

  • Volunteer support from Citizens’ colleagues;

  • Promotional support highlighting the Champion in Action in Citizens Bank branches;

  • Exposure on the Citizens Bank website.

For more information about the Citizens Bank and New Hampshire Union Leader’s Champions in Action program, visit www.citizensbank.com/community/champions-in-action.aspx

About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.

Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $158.6 billion in assets as of September 30, 2018. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Citizens offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions. Citizens helps its customers reach their potential by listening to them and by understanding their needs in order to offer tailored advice, ideas and solutions. In Consumer Banking, Citizens provides an integrated experience that includes mobile and online banking, a 24/7 customer contact center and the convenience of approximately 2,900 ATMs and approximately 1,150 branches in 11 states in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Consumer Banking products and services include a full range of banking, lending, savings, wealth management and small business offerings. In Commercial Banking, Citizens offers corporate, institutional and not-for-profit clients a full range of wholesale banking products and services, including lending and deposits, capital markets, treasury services, foreign exchange and interest rate products and asset finance. More information is available at www.citizensbank.com or visit us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.


About New Hampshire Union Leader

Union Leader Corporation delivers trusted news, information and resources connecting New Hampshire. As publisher of New Hampshire's only statewide newspapers, we employ the state's largest staff of professional journalists to follow our communities, keep a watchful eye on our legislators, and make New Hampshire the best-informed state in the nation. In addition, our team of marketing experts help New Hampshire businesses target their local customers through a suite of print and digital products as well as valuable business and community events. Owned by the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications, Union Leader Corporation also publishes UnionLeader.com, Bedford Bulletin and Neighborhood News.