Collette Shows “Tourism Cares” for Providence

Collette Shows “Tourism Cares” for Providence

As part of the tourism industry’s “Tourism Cares” initiative, Collette’s strategic leadership team and CSR team volunteered to beautify and restore tourist attractions around Providence on September 15.  Collette is a lead sponsor of the initiative, and its project was one of over 180 projects that  are taking place this year across North America for “2017: City Tourism.”  More info

GCRI Members Support Harvey Relief Efforts

GCRI Members Support Harvey Relief Efforts

Tufts Health Plan Foundation

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation is matching employees’ contributions to nonprofit organizations providing hurricane relief to Southeast Texas communities up to a total of $50,000.  Funds will be donated to the Red Cross to assist Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, for a total of $100,000 supporting Hurricane Harvey’s victims.  The Foundation is also matching Hurricane Irma relief donations through the Florida Relief Fund and One America Appeal.


Collette will be matching employee donations up to $5,000.  The company’s foundation is also making a donation of $10,000 to Save the Children for their efforts in support of Hurricane Harvey relief.  Save the Children provided supplies and resources to support children in shelters, and will be supporting organizations providing trauma support for children and families as they recover and rebuild.  They will also be providing funding and support to rebuild childcare facilities affected by the flooding.


Through its Play Relief program, Hasbro donated 15,000 toys and games to hurricane shelters and family support programs.  Employees volunteered to pack the kits.  Hasbro also donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross and matched employee donations up to $25,000.

Pawtucket Credit Union

Pawtucket Credit Union is matching employee donations to the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund.

CVS Health

GCRI Member CVS Health has deployed emergency pharmacy resources and general assistance to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. A mobile pharmacy unit was set up outside the NRG Center in Houston, where evacuees were now able to pick up prescriptions, purchase over-the-counter medications and receive recommended vaccines.

CVS Pharmacy Deploys Additional Pharmacy Resources to Impacted Communities Following Hurricane Harvey. Mobile Pharmacy Unit Ready to Assist Patients at NRG Center in Houston.

Additionally, CVS Pharmacy, in cooperation with the Texas Department of State Health Services, will provide pharmacy services to Texas residents who have been displaced by the Hurricane through “pop up” pharmacies that are being deployed at emergency shelters in AustinDallas and San Antonio. “Pop up” pharmacies place pharmacists and pharmacy personnel at the shelters to counsel patients and facilitate the delivery of prescriptions from nearby pharmacies. These new actions follow a donation from the CVS Health Foundation announced earlier this week of $200,000 towards relief and recovery efforts, which includes $50,000 each to the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the American Red Cross, as well as $25,000 to Salvation Army, to aid the greater Houston area in supporting local residents as they begin the recovery and rebuilding process. The CVS Health Foundation will also match colleague donations up to $25,000.  In addition, CVS Health has donated more than $90,000 worth of in-kind products including personal hygiene, clean-up and over-the-counter items to area shelters and continues to work with shelters throughout Texas to support those displaced.

Bank of America

GCRI Member Bank of America’s Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts have included sending mobile financial centers and mobile ATM’s to the region, and nearly $2 million in donations from the company, its foundation and its employees.  The company is matching employee donations through an internal program, and to date, bank employees have donated $457,000, matched dollar for dollar by the company for a total of $914,000. Those funds will be distributed to charities selected by the donating employees.  That amount is in addition to $1 million in relief funding provided by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, with $250,000 directed through the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and the remainder to be allocated as the company learns more about specific recovery needs.

“We are activating our resources to bring relief to the individuals, families, customers and communities that will continue to be impacted by the unprecedented challenges Harvey is creating across the region,” said Hong Ogle, Houston market president for Bank of America. “We are humbled and heartened by the outpouring of support.”


If you are a GCRI member, and have been active in supporting hurricane relief efforts, let us know!

Hasbro and United Way Team Up to Fight Summer Learning Loss

GCRI Members Hasbro and United Way of Rhode Island teamed up again to support 14 summer learning programs across the state, which provide enrichment activities, service learning, and experiential education.  GCRI Board Member Diana Perdomo, from United Way joined the Rhode Show on WPRI to talk about the valuable program (Watch video), and the North Providence Kids Klub site produced their own video (watch) detailed their great summer experience.  For more information on Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative, contact Bobby Gondola at Hasbro or Joseph Morra at United Way.

Tufts Health Plan Foundation Invests $1.7 Million to Support Age-Friendly Communities

Initiatives Promote Cross-Sector Collaboration, Address Inequities

Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced new community investments of more than $1.7 million to build healthier communities by promoting collaboration and improving systems and best practices. These grants reflect the Foundation’s commitment to advancing age-friendly policies and practices that are relevant, focus on older adults, and include them in community solutions.  To date this year, the Foundation’s active community investments, including ongoing commitments to previously announced grants, total more than $2.6 million.

“Momentum is building around the age-friendly movement,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president, corporate citizenship for Tufts Health Plan.  “These grants emphasize collaboration and system change. Whether in Boston, Cape Cod, the Berkshires, New Hampshire, or Rhode Island, these efforts will lead to health improvements for older adults and the entire community.”

In addition to supporting regional and local efforts to help communities become more age-friendly, the new Foundation investments: train first responders and healthcare professionals to better understand the needs of those living with dementia; inform older adults about healthcare choices; improve access to wellness programs and classes for vulnerable older adults to manage their chronic diseases; expand availability of supportive services at senior housing sites; identify factors influencing the health of older adults; and increase awareness of social isolation and mental health among older adults.

“Our investments focus on improving community livability and addressing inequities to help older adults live healthier, fulfilling lives,” said Moreno Cargie. “Every community has different needs and opportunities. Some communities are just starting; others have been engaged in this work and are ready to take their initiatives to the next level. We want to honor communities where they are.”

The 21 new grants represent collaborations with more than 200 community organizations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

Eighteen Systems and Best Practices grants address health and wellness, workforce development, purposeful engagement, and field and capacity building.

Rhode Island grantees were:

  •     GCRI Member Local Initiative Support Corporation (Providence, RI)
    The Intergenerational Farmer’s Market Project—to support intergenerational programming that alleviates social isolation by bringing together older adults and teens in the Central Falls/Pawtucket area of Rhode Island. One-year grant for $75,000.
  •    Rhode Island Parent Information Network (Cranston, RI)
    Own Your Health: A System to Support Evidence-Based Health Promotion in RI for Older Adults—to work with partners in the Own Your Own Health Collaborative to improve Rhode Island’s system for accessing evidence-based programs for older adults. One-year grant for $81,497.
  • St. Elizabeth Community (Providence, RI)
    The WellCare Program—to expand and sustain the nationally recognized Support and Services at Home (SASH) program, a proven best practice, in Rhode Island. One-year grant for $65,000.

CVS Launches Youth Grant Program

GCRI Member CVS Health joined with WPRI and the Pawtucket Red Sox for the third year of Community Heroes, a program that provides $55,000 in grants to Rhode Island nonprofits. Since all three organizations are committed to helping youth lead tobacco-free lives, this year’s program encouraged youth to create a Public Service Announcement video campaign on what it means for them to be the first tobacco free generation.

Ten PSAs were selected and each organization will receive a $5,000 Community Heroes grant.

In the second phase of the program, which goes until August 23, the public is invited to vote on their favorite video.  The winner will receive an additional $5,000 grant, and will be featured on the Rhode Show and at a Pawtucket Red Sox Game.  View and vote

RI Council for the Humanities Announces Mini-Grants

GCRI Member Rhode Island Council for the Humanities has announced the six recipients of its May public humanities mini-grant cycle.  Each recipient received a $2,000 mini-grant.  Recipients included David H. Wells (Individual Researcher Grant for documentary film project about Annu Palakunnathu Matthew); Adopt a Doctor for a panel discussion of two Black Rhode Island artists; Firstworks for a panel discussion on the storytelling troupe Qyrq Qyz; Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts for the development of an interdisciplinary ArtsLiteracy curriculum; South County History Center for four public events around memorialization in Rhode Island; and West Broadway Neighborhood Association for the development of historic panels of Luongo Square in Providence.





Women’s Fund of RI Encourages Political Involvement

Women Run As They Are
On July 22, over 50 women from RI and nearby states joined GCRI Member Women’s Fund of Rhode Island (WFRI) and VoteRunLead to learn about what it takes to run for political office. Senator Gayle Goldin, Providence City Council President Sabina Matos, East Greenwich Town Council President Suzanne Cienki and Karina Holyoak Wood shared from their campaign experiences, and participants learned about the nuts and bolts of campaigning.  Fully 40% attending said they plan to run for office in the next five years, and several more plan to support other women running for office.

Another GCRI Member, Amica Insurance, helped sponsor the event.  The workshop was the first in WFRI’s “Through a Gender Lens” training series.  In September, a session will address unconscious gender bias, and a November session will focus on making workplaces more successful through gender parity.  WFRI will also be hosting a Cocktails and Conversations networking event sponsored by 10,000 Small Businesses on September 13th.  More information

Cox Opens Four New Tech Centers in Rhode Island

GCRI Member Cox Communications and the James M. Cox Foundation’s $100,000 grants helped launch four new Cox Technology Centers at Boys & Girls Club in Cumberland, East Providence, Newport and Woonsocket.  The centers are part of a $650,000 initiative to create 22 new Cox Technology Centers across the U.S.

The new clubs will provide high-speed internet bandwidth, along with the equipment and educational resources required for the Boys & Girls Club’s computer program, including tablets, cameras, laptops and creative suite software.  The centers are intended to provide access to technology and training for children who may not receive either through their homes or school programs.


“The simple fact is this: club kids are learning in ways we never thought possible, and stand to benefit from advanced training and technology at an early age,” said Gene Bailey, director of organizational development for Boys & Girls Clubs of America in Providence Business News. “The investments made by the James M. Cox Foundation and Cox Communications will be felt for generations to come, as club members tackle new challenges both within our Technology Centers and beyond.”

Since 2002, Cox has contributed more than $250,000 for 11 Technology Centers at Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Rhode Island, and more than $1.5 million in cash and in-kind support for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rhode Island and Connecticut. (Providence Business News, 8/2/17)

Rhode Island Foundation Awards Almost $500,000 in Place-Based Grants

The Rhode Island Foundation awarded almost a half million dollars in place-based grants this summer, through its Community Grants program and Newport County Fund.

The Community Grants program provided $225,000 in grants to support work that ranges from creating performance spaces and urban farms to restoring playgrounds and historic parks.  The Foundation received nearly 130 proposals; 30 received funding.

“Our grants will create places to gather, build relationships and inspire new collaborations that will strengthen community connections all over Rhode Island, said Neil D. Steinberg, president and CEO of the Foundation.  Description of funded projects

The Foundation also awarded more than $270,000 to dozens of nonprofit organizations serving Newport County residents, through its Newport County Fund (NCF).  The grants will underwrite a host of activities ranging from job readiness training and after-school activities to preventing relationship violence and stocking food pantries.

“From enriching arts and educational opportunities for young people to underwriting critical health and environmental programs, we are proud to work with partners that are improving lives here,” said Neil D. Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO. “We are grateful to the donors who make our support possible and the local men and women who keep us closely connected to the community.”

Established in 2002, the NCF has awarded more than $3.8 million in grants for programs and services for residents of Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth and Tiverton.  The NCF offered grants of up $10,000 in seven key funding areas: arts and culture, basic human needs, children and families, economic security, the environment, healthy lives and housing. In making the funding decisions, the Foundation worked with an advisory committee comprised of Newport County residents.  Description of funded programs