Scotiabank donates to charities offering food, counselling amid crisis
Scotiabank has provided assistance to 4,000 people through charities and community groups that are aiding individuals and families across the country in the fight against COVID-19.
The donations were made through the Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago Foundation to organisations that provide food, essential supplies as well as facilitate counselling for victims of domestic violence.
Stephen Bagnarol, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Scotiabank said: “We have long believed that we are an important part of the economic and social fabric of the communities in which we operate. At times such as this, when so many households and businesses are struggling, we want to do more to support those in need in tangible ways, in particular our customers and communities.”
Bagnarol further stated that prior to this initiative the bank had assisted 50,000 customers amid the crisis.
“Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic locally, through our Customer Assistance Programme, we have helped provide financial relief to over 50,000 customers, including assistance with mortgages, loans, lines of credit, auto loans and credit cards. Additionally, for the past month, frontline healthcare employees at the South West Regional Health Authority have received meals courtesy Scotiabank as they help the country fight this pandemic. We are really pleased to be able to help these charities and community groups help those in need.”
Roxane De Freitas, Chairperson of the Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago Foundation, said that since the local outbreak of the viral respiratory illness, there has been a significant increase in the number of people seeking assistance for food relief as well as counselling services. She added that the charities and community groups which have received the aid focus their efforts on these specific causes. De Freitas said 4,000 people, including 3,000 youth, will benefit from these donations.
The NGO's to receive assistance include the Coalition against Domestic Violence; the Foundation for the Enhancement & Enrichment of Life (F.E.E.L); Gift For Life Foundation; Halimah's Helping Hands; Kids In Need of Direction (KIND); Key of David International; Living Waters Community; the Shelter for Battered Women and Children and the Toco Multicultural Foundation for Integrated Development.
Karina Jardine Scott, KIND Founder and Chairperson said: “Scotiabank’s commitment of being a kind bank has come through in many ways over the years, but now has come through for us at KIND (Kids In Need of Direction) as we continue to serve our fellow citizens during this pandemic.”
Meanwhile, Andy Noel, Executive Director of the Toco Foundation also thanked Scotiabank for the support.