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METRO’s SARITIN RIZZUTO RECEIVES COMMUNITY SOCIAL CAPITALIST AWARD FROM COMMUNITY GROUP
Cited As A “Living Example” of Giving Back By Metro CU CEO Robert Cashman
 
CHELSEA, Mass. (May 23, 2013) – Metro Credit Union, which is poised to become the Commonwealth’s largest state-chartered credit union, today congratulated Community Relations & Business Development Officer Saritin Rizzuto on being recognized as a “community social capitalist” by Social Capital, Inc. (SCI), a Massachusetts-based nonprofit focused on building community thought civic engagement and partnership. Rizzuto was one of six recipients of the award presented at the annual SCI Social Capitalist Lunch in April. She followed that up earlier this month by serving as a panelist at SCI’s first-ever Social Capital Forum, a discussion looking at how nonprofits, civic engagement and social cohesion can boost the economy.
 
Rizzuto was nominated by Chelsea City Manager Jay Ash and Stop and Compare Supermarkets, a neighborhood supermarket chain serving the Hispanic and ethnic populations of Boston and Providence, for her tireless dedication to community organizing and building partnerships to benefit low income and emerging populations.
 
“Metro Credit Union could not be more proud of our own Saritin Rizzuto for receiving this honor from Social Capital Inc.,” said Robert Cashman, Metro CU’s president and CEO. “Every day, in every way, Saritin is a living example of Metro CU’s organizational commitment to giving back to the communities that honor us with their business.”
 
Rizzuto began a distinguished career in the nonprofit sector over twenty years ago working as a peer leader for the public health department, with a goal of going into communities with at-risk youth to educate them about violence prevention, substance abuse and teen pregnancy. Since those early days, Rizzuto has been “doing for others” in a variety of settings that reflect her passion and commitment to improving the lives of others: as a teen health educator, an advocate for the disabled, in support of AIDS advocacy and combating domestic violence.
 
Rizzuto’s many accomplishments have her in high demand as a community leader. She is a board member of Casa Myrna, North Suffolk Mental Health, The East Boston Social Center, The Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, Bunker Hill Community College Adult Education Advisory Board. She’s a Past President of the Chelsea Rotary Club and has successfully organized Latino businesses to join and have a voice in the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce.
 
About Social Capital Inc.
Social Capital Inc. (SCI) strengthens communities by connecting diverse individuals and organizations through civic engagement initiatives. SCI envisions a nation where individuals are strongly connected to their neighbors and play an active role in shaping the destiny of their communities as safer, healthier and more vital to the success of citizens.  SCI, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, is currently working on this mission and vision in eleven Massachusetts locations to revitalize communities, improve schools, protect the environment, increase access to health care, and much more.
 
SCI teaches that today’s leaders must collaborate in this time of scarcity; leverage social networks to connect with citizens that are stressed and stretched; and inspire volunteerism to serve the community and the nation.
 

Learn more about Social Capital Inc. at www.socialcapitalinc.org.