2018-06-21 / Around Town

RI Foundation Awards $270,000 to Nonprofits


Newport Boys & Girls Club CEO Joe Pratt, Lucy's Hearth Program Director Jennifer Barrera, and Rhode Island Foundation CEO Neil Steinberg. 
(Photo by Joseph O'Connor) Newport Boys & Girls Club CEO Joe Pratt, Lucy's Hearth Program Director Jennifer Barrera, and Rhode Island Foundation CEO Neil Steinberg. (Photo by Joseph O'Connor) The Rhode Island Foundation recognized the impact that area nonprofits are having on reducing unemployment, enhancing education and protecting elders in Newport County communities, awarding nearly $270,000 in grants to 40 organizations at their awards ceremony on June 19.

Foundation CEO Neil Steinberg made the announcement in front of a crowded room at Child and Family Services in Middletown.

“We look at what’s best, better and different,” Steinberg told the audience. “I want to sincerely thank [the organizations] for what you do. I can’t wait to see what you can achieve.”

NTW has posted each award recipient's full statement and his or her organization's comments regarding the award on Newport- Now.online.

Day One in Middletown received $10,000 to provide evaluation, advocacy and treatment services to child and adult victims of sexual violence and abuse. Specifically, grant funds will support programming to more than 250 Newport County child victims of sexual abuse and the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) through the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC).

“This assistance will help us provide crucial advocacy and treatment for sexual abuse victims, and expand prevention education to help end sexual violence in Newport County,” said Peg Langhammer, executive director.

Aquidneck Community Table received $6,400 for staffing to organize community groups and activities at the new North Side Community Market at the Florence Gray Center this summer.

Best Buddies Newport County Friendship Project received $2,000 to expand programming to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the Met School in Newport.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County received $10,000 to expand its Essential Skills Program for underserved and at-risk children.

The Choir School of Newport County received $5,000.

Clean Ocean Access in Middletown received $5,000.

College Unbound received $9,400.

Common Fence Music in Middletown received $5,800 to fund six concerts by its Connecting the Beats program.

The Community Housing Resource Board in Newport received $10,000 to support its Housing Hotline.

Community MusicWorks received $5,000 to expand the number of children participating in its Newport String Project.

The Conanicut Island Sailing Foundation received $3,200 to support its Build-a-Boat and Drifter programs at Melrose and Lawn elementary schools. More than 100 students are expected to participate in the programs.

Day One in Middletown received $10,000 to provide evaluation, advocacy and treatment services to child and adult victims of sexual violence and abuse.

The East Bay Community Action Program received $5,175.

FabNewport received $8,000.

Friends of Ballard Park received $3,000 to support its summer field trip program. Approximately 250 children are expected to participate in the organization’s Environmental Explorations Program, which includes trips to visit the 13- acre nature preserve to participate in hands-on, experiential learning opportunities.

The Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England received $7,000.

The James L. Maher Center received $10,000 to support the development of a recreation program assistant who will help participants to attend community events and outings.

The Jamestown Arts Center received $5,000.

Lucy’s Hearth in Middletown received $10,000.

Meals on Wheels received $3,000 to provide home-delivered meals to Newport County seniors. The organization expects to serve at least 188 elderly or homebound adults.

The Newport County YMCA in Middletown received $6,000 to work with the Newport Community Mental Health Center to train staff to recognize and respond to signs of a mental health crisis and to offer programs that reduce the social stigma around mental health. The YMCA estimates it serves about 7,000 adults and 3,000 children a year.

The Newport Gulls received $2,250 to send 30 underprivileged children to attend its summer camps.

The Newport Music Festival received $6,000 to support free summer concerts

The Newport Partnership for Families received $5,000 for summer vacation activities.

Newport Working Cities received $10,000 to cultivate a data system which will allow Newporters to connect with necessary resources.

Norman Bird Sanctuary received $10,000.

The Rhode Island Middle Passage Medallion Program received $5,000 to install medallions at sites related to the history of slavery in Newport County.

Special Olympics Rhode Island received $5,000 to support its 2019 East Bay Area Games at Salve Regina University.

The Star Kids Scholarship Program received $5,000 to help more than 80 at-risk Newport County children.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society received $7,500 to provide financial assistance to individuals and families facing emergency situations.

Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties in Portsmouth received $5,000 for staff and leadership development and training.

The Washington Square Services Corp. in Newport received $10,000.

The Women’s Resource Center of Newport County received $9,950.

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