Businessman holds briefcase

Businessman holds his briefcase

Citizens Bank names Small Business Community Champions

Glorious Works Publishing in Upper Darby and Hickory Veterinary Hospital in Plymouth Meeting are winners of Citizens Bank’s 2019 Small Business Community Champion Awards.

The bank recently announced the winners of its awards in the Philadelphia, Boston, Detroit and Pittsburgh areas.

A $20,000 prize and a $10,000 prize were awarded in each market to small business owners who demonstrated how investing in their businesses strengthens both their business growth and the community.

Glorious Works plans to host free writing workshops and offer discounted publishing services for women and children in low-income communities. Hickory Veterinary Hospital plans to create a fund to help lower-income families pay for the care of their critically sick or injured pets.

This is the second year of the Citizens Bank Small Business Community Champion Awards, which were created to celebrate the impact of small businesses on the communities they serve.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $200,000 in literacy grants to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools.

Three Philadelphia organizations have received grants from the foundation — the Center for Literacy Inc., the Indochinese-American Council and Nueva Esperanza Inc.

The funds are aimed at supporting adult, family and summer literacy programs within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center in the 44 states the company serves.

The grants to Pennsylvania organizations are expected to positively impact the lives of more than 10,000 Pennsylvanians.

NRG donates $100K to Special Olympics Montgomery County

NRG presented Special Olympics Montgomery County with $100,000, the top donation in the company’s spring NRG Gives campaign.

The nonprofit, which is the local chapter of the international organization, conducts training and Olympic-styled competitions in 18 sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities or developmental disabilities at various venues in the county.

As an energy supplier in Pennsylvania, NRG is committed to supporting the communities where its customers live and work. Through NRG Gives, the company has awarded more than $575,000 to support regional nonprofits since November 2016.

— Compiled by Ayana Jones

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