HAVIN’ A PARTY: The Washington Trust Co. has been a fixture in the Rhode Island community for more than two centuries, as this 211th birthday party at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence made clear.
COURTESY THE WASHINGTON TRUST Co.
By Alli-Michelle Conti Contributing Writer
Founded in 1800, this bank’s employees are a part of a legacy as the oldest community bank in the nation and the largest independent bank headquartered in Rhode Island.
With 18 branches throughout Rhode Island and Connecticut, The Washington Trust Co. has a 212-year history maintaining a culture that “puts our employees first,” said Joseph J. MarcAurele, bank chairman, president and CEO.
“We provide our employees with the training, tools and technology they need, empower them to make prompt decisions and recognize and reward them. As a result, we have a happy, healthy and loyal team of employees who provide superior service to our customers and leadership in our communities,” said MarcAurele.
Perks include a flexible working environment and generous time-off policies. The company also hosts entertaining employee events, including dress-down days, luncheons and recognition nights.
The Reach for the Stars volunteerism program encourages employees to donate time and talent to community organizations. The program provides paid time off for volunteerism and awards “stars” redeemable for prizes for participation.
Washington Trust has also been recognized nationally and locally for its efforts to fight hunger in Rhode Island through its annual peanut butter drive. Since 2001, the bank and its employees have collected 94 tons of peanut butter, which equates to almost 4 billion peanut butter sandwiches for hungry children and their families.
Enlisting the support of local businesses, schools and community organizations to “spread” the message, Washington Trust has chosen this product not often purchased by low-income families, and in demand by food pantries, as a means to give back. •