Toray Plastics (America) Inc. gets a lot of workers from the University of Rhode Island, so when company executives became aware of the school’s need for new engineering facilities, helping out seemed a natural fit.
Byron Allgood, a shipping coordinator at Collette for 24 years, volunteers up to 20 hours a month mentoring an 11-year-old boy at the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club, and for four of those hours he is paid by Collette as if he were working.
At 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday mornings, Citizens Bank Equity Analyst Gail Gavin is in the cafeteria at Winman Junior High School in Warwick having a morning snack and chatting about homework or clothes or maybe boys with three 8th grade girls. Some mornings they play games. It looks like, and is, a casual get-together – but it’s also much more.
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