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Risk Team Makes a Big Impact in Our Communities

Boston: Major makeover in Charlestown

On July 16, thirty-five Risk colleagues spent a morning clearing overgrown vegetation and rubbish from the lawn of a rotary in a busy part of Charlestown, Massachusetts.

Originally, our volunteers had been scheduled to do cleanup and beautification work at a city playground, but received a change in venue upon arrival. Quickly adapting to the new assignment, our colleagues did extensive brush-breaking and trash pick-up. The trash they gathered included everything from bicycles to furniture, to car parts and assorted urban detritus.

In all, the team filled more than 30 trash bags and cleared a large quantity of trees and brush. The Boston city workers who hauled the trash away expressed amazement at the volume of debris our team pulled from the site.

“This event exemplified the Citizens credo in so many respects,” said Nancy Shanik. “We came together to support our community and one another, and delivered a terrific result for the city of Boston. My warmest thanks to Patrick Joyce and Kelsey Bartolomeo from Restructuring Management for organizing this event, and to the Risk colleagues who worked so hard to make it a tremendous success.”

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Providence: Saving the day for Save the Bay

On July 31, more than 85 Risk colleagues teamed up to support our Providence community partner, Save the Bay, with a variety of shoreline clean-up and environmental improvement projects.

One group removed thick vegetation abutting the headquarters building, and cleared paths and the property border. Their efforts will help Save the Bay develop a new berm and public access path on its Port of Providence waterfront property.

Risk volunteers removed 647 pounds of trash from the shoreline, greatly improving conditions for students who participate in Save the Bay’s programs, and for campers and wildlife in the area.

Yet another group applied a much-needed coat of waterproof finish to picnic tables and a footbridge on the Save the Bay grounds.

Some colleagues prepared kits – including data cards, first aid supplies and scales – to be used during the International Coastal Cleanup that Save the Bay will coordinate in September.

“Our team had a great attitude, worked together extremely well and got a tremendous amount done in just one afternoon,” said Nancy. “Together we were able to improve our environment and make a real difference in the Providence community. My thanks to all the Risk colleagues who volunteered at Save the Bay, and to Dave Reed and Titu Ahmed from Credit Quality Assurance, who organized this wonderful event.”

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