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RBC Bank donates $10,000 to Communities In Schools of Wake County and launches school supply drive


Raleigh, N.C. - October 7, 2011 – Yesterday officials from RBC Bank donated $10,000 to Communities In Schools of Wake County (CIS Wake) to support the RBC Bank Learning Center at Heritage Park. Executives from RBC Bank and CIS Wake also unveiled plans to launch the "Build-a-Backpack" school supply drive in all 20 of RBC Bank's branches in Wake County.

"We have enjoyed a long relationship with CIS Wake as the sponsor of the RBC Bank Learning Center, whose staff has done a great job of offering after-school tutorial and homework assistance to the students of the Heritage Park community," said Bill Bunn, RBC Bank's Regional President of Retail Banking and a CIS Wake Board member. "When the need was expressed for additional school supplies for students across the county, we viewed support of the ‘Build-a-Backpack’ campaign as an extension of our commitment to the work being done in Heritage Park and a way to be of further service to the families of Wake County."

At the beginning of this school year, CIS Wake collected more than 1,000 backpacks full of essential school supplies during the initial phase of its "Build-a-Backpack" campaign sponsored by Walmart.

"Thanks to the generosity of our corporate and community partners, we more than doubled the amount of donated school supplies that we normally distribute," said Travis Mitchell, President of CIS Wake.

"But times are tough, and based on what we are hearing from our parents, students and other community leaders, there is an escalating need for more supplies. So, we decided to extend our campaign by reaching out to area businesses and asking for help. RBC Bank enthusiastically agreed to support our continuing efforts."

A special website has been set-up to receive online donations. Visit for more information on how to contribute online. The “Build-a-Backpack” campaign is a part of CIS Wake's larger “Give Back to the Future” campaign inviting the citizens of Wake County to invest their time, talent and treasure today in the lives of the future leaders of tomorrow.

About Communities In Schools of Wake County

The vision of Communities In Schools of Wake County is to help schools remove the barriers that put students at risk of wasting their potential. Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS Wake currently serves more than 600 students in five after-school community-based learning centers and six public schools in Wake County. Additional information about Communities In Schools of Wake County may be found at

About RBC Bank

RBC Bank, headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., offers a wide range of financial services and advice to individuals, businesses and public institutions throughout the Southeast. RBC Bank’s network includes more than 420 full-service banking centers in six states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia), an extensive ATM network and telephone and online banking. RBC Bank is the 40th largest U.S. bank by consolidated assets, according to SNL Financial’s List of the Nation’s 50 Largest Banks, September 2010. RBC Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) (RY on the TSX and NYSE), Canada’s largest and most stable bank as measured by assets and market capitalization. For ten consecutive years, RBC has been named to the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. RBC has been listed as one of the most sustainable large corporations in the world for six years in a row, according to the annual ranking by Corporate Knights. And, in February of this year, RBC was ranked 31st in The World’s Most Respected Companies by Barron’s, and third among financial institutions. More information about RBC Bank may be found at