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Eastern Bank honors Mayor Thomas M. Menino with the 2013 Wainwright Social Justice Award

Eastern also honors nearly 100 organizations dedicated to workforce development

BOSTON, Oct. 08, 2013 – Eastern Bank today honored Mayor Thomas M. Menino with the 25th annual Wainwright Social Justice Award for his commitment to workforce development and job skills training – a cornerstone of his three decades of public service.

The bank also honored almost 100 Massachusetts organizations dedicated to workforce development training before more than 800 people at an evening reception in downtown Boston.

“Eastern Bank is extremely proud to honor Mayor Menino, whose call to service improved the lives of countless Bostonians and positioned the city for great economic success,” said Richard E. Holbrook, chairman and CEO of Eastern Bank. “We are grateful to Mayor Menino and the organizations that we recognize today, because they continue to provide opportunities for others to gain the skills they need to find work or advance their career.”

The Social Justice Award recognizes nonprofits or individuals who have achieved outstanding success in addressing social justice issues. As part of the Social Justice Award, Menino directed a $25,000 donation from the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation to Camp Harbor View, a summer camp for at-risk youth that he co-founded.

In 1998, Menino established The Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians to meet the needs of the growing and changing immigrant and newcomer communities in Boston. The office was nationally recognized as a model in assisting newcomers to overcome barriers and challenges. The Office of New Bostonians paved the way for the “English for New Bostonians” project, which funds “English for Speakers of Other Languages” programs in the community, and enables 1,000 students to attend classes annually.

In the early 2000s, Menino worked with the business community and created public-private partnerships that led to millions of dollars being set aside for skills-training programs, English language learning and grant money for employers to upgrade the skills of entry-level employees.

Menino joined forces with The Boston Foundation in 2003 and created a five-year workforce development initiative designed to keep Boston and the region on the forefront of national workforce development issues.

In June 2013, Menino and Gov. Deval Patrick announced a first-of-its-kind partnership between the city and state to connect education and careers. Known as the Roxbury Massachusetts Advanced Polytech Pathway, the program invites local vocational students to enroll directly at Roxbury Community College. After graduation, they connect with local employers in high-demand careers.

In 2013, Eastern Bank will donate more than $750,000 to various organizations dedicated to workforce development training. Eastern Bank and the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation will donate a total of $5.0 million to charity in 2013.

About Eastern Bank
Founded in 1818 and based in Boston, Eastern Bank is the largest independent and mutually owned bank in New England, with more than $8 billion in assets and more than 90 branches serving communities from the Merrimack Valley to Cape Cod. Eastern Bank offers banking, investments and insurance all under one roof, and prides itself on working harder to understand its customers’ needs so it can deliver these services in a committed and personal way. Eastern Bank includes Eastern Wealth Management and Eastern Insurance. For more information, visit www.easternbank.com, www.facebook.com/easternbank and www.twitter.com/easternbank.

For more information, contact: Andrew Ravens, Public Relations, Eastern Bank, 781-598-8528, or e-mail Andrew Ravens.