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June 24, 2014

As part of its ongoing effort to enhance the quality of life for residents in the communities where People’s United Bank operates, the People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced today that it has awarded $2,500 to The Iris Network in Portland. 

The Iris Network provides vision rehabilitation, specialized low vision services and vocational rehabilitation to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The grant from People’s United Community Foundation will support its Access Technology & Employment Services program.

“The funding from People’s United Community Foundation will help us train individuals with visual impairment or blindness through the use of new technology so they can keep current on technological advancements, which assists them in obtaining a job and remaining employed,” stated Bonnie Gouzie, Director of Access Technology and Employment Services at The Iris Network. “We can’t thank People’s United Community Foundation enough!”

“The Iris Network provides training that enables individuals with vision impairment to attain independence, join the workforce, and become a part of the community,” stated Dan Thornton, Officer of People’s United Community Foundation, and President of People’s United Bank in Southern Maine. “We are pleased to be able to support their Access Technology and Employment Services program.”

Established in 2007, People’s United Community Foundation was formed to help support programs and activities that enhance the quality of life for citizens in the communities that People’s United Bank serves. People’s United Bank, founded in 1842 and serving customers from New York to Maine through a network of more than 400 branches, is the largest independent bank headquartered in New England. The Foundation places special emphasis on programs designed to promote economic self-sufficiency, education and improved conditions for low-income families and neighborhoods. The funding priorities of the Foundation include community development, youth development, and affordable housing.

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