Fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish, Cristina Amedeo directs the United Way’s 2-1-1 program, a free and confidential 24/7 information and referral helpline that connects Rhode Islanders from all walks of life with human- services programs to help cope with difficult times. The 2-1-1 service has handled more than 1 million requests for help since 2007, including 213,595 calls in 2013 – a new record. more
Cox Communications recently awarded $15,000 in Cox Charities grants to 15 Rhode Island nonprofit organizations as part of its Cox Charities Employee Grant Program, an extension of the company’s philanthropic work in communities where its employees live and work. The contribution is part of a larger $28,000 gift recognizing Cox employees’ dedication to the local community.
General Treasurer Gina Raimondo recently showed her thanks to the Fidelity Investments employees who volunteered for the Capital Good Fund’s Financial Coaching Corps by awarding each member a citation commending them for their involvement.
Since he became executive director of Roger Williams Park Zoo last July, Jeremy Goodman has been focusing on making exhibits more interactive to fulfill what he sees as an important mission – to establish a bond between people and animals. That bond is intended to stretch far beyond an enjoyable day at the zoo into being concerned about the environment and having an impact on global issues such as climate change. more
PROVIDENCE – Community College of Rhode Island President Ray Di Pasquale announced last month the college has received a $378,965 grant from the Champlin Foundations to upgrade equipment in its machining lab.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A bloody civil war emptied books from Liberia’s classrooms. Now Emmanuel Logan, a Liberian-born University of Rhode Island alumnus, has collected 9,000 used textbooks and is raising money online to ship them to Liberia.
Patricia O’Donnell Saracino, the vice president of community relations at BankRI, was recently honored by The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute as an Angel in Adoption. She was nominated by U.S. Rep. James R. Langevin. Through BankRI, Saracino has helped children in foster care attend sporting and cultural events, as well as other fun childhood activities that they otherwise would not have had the opportunity to participate in. Outside of the office, Saracino has been a dedicated volunteer at Adoption Rhode Island for nearly 10 years. She is also a proud member of a “forever family,” after adopting her daughter nine years ago.
Join PBN for the best networking event and party of the winter - January 15, 2015 - the Book of Lists Party at the Providence Public Library. Reserve your spot by December 31st and get a holiday gift from PBN!
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.