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RIF awards $300K in year-end emergency grants

COURTESY THE RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION/STEW MILNE
THE RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION granted $300,000 to four Rhode Island nonprofits that have seen increased need recently: Crossroads Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund (operated by The Salvation Army as a cooperative with energy suppliers), the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and Westerly Area Rest Meals Center. Pictured, from left, Andrew Schiff, CEO of the food bank; Major Gayle Luby, the Salvation Army; Anne Nolan, president of Crossroads; and Daniel Kertzner of The Rhode Island Foundation. The Westerly Area Rest Meals Center received its check in a separate ceremony.
COURTESY THE RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION/STEW MILNE
THE RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION granted $300,000 to four Rhode Island nonprofits that have seen increased need recently: Crossroads Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund (operated by The Salvation Army as a cooperative with energy suppliers), the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and Westerly Area Rest Meals Center. Pictured receiving $50,000 from the foundation's Daniel Kertzner (holding right corner of check) is Executive Director Russ Partridge and staff of the Westerly nonprofit. The other social service providers received their checks in a separate ceremony.
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Posted 12/11/12

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded a total of $300,000 in year-end emergency grants to four organizations that provide basic human services to Rhode Islanders in need, the nonprofit announced Tuesday.

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank, Crossroads Rhode Island, the Good Neighbor Energy Fund and Westerly Area Rest Meals Center were the recipients of the year-end grants.

The food bank and Crossroads each received $100,000 and the Good Neighbor Energy Fund and the WARM Center, which serves as the fiscal agent for the Westerly Basic Needs Network, received $50,000 each.

According to a Rhode Island Foundation release, organization leaders say they have all experienced increased requests from families and individuals needing emergency shelter, utility support and food assistance this year.

“As the economic recovery remains sluggish, too many Rhode Islanders are homeless, don’t have enough to eat, and lack the resources to heat their homes,” foundation President and CEO Neil Steinberg said in a statement. “These grants, made possible through the generosity of our donors, represent investments in successful programs that have a positive impact on people’s lives.”

“In addition to bolstering efforts to meet what is now an unprecedented need, we hope these grants inspire others to dig deep and give to their communities this season,” added Steinberg.

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