Nine nonprofits receive grants from HarborOne Foundation Rhode Island

HARBORONE FOUNDATION RHODE ISLAND issued $32,500 in grants to nine nonprofits in the Greater Providence area. Pictured, from left, are Jana Planka, vice president and regional manager for HarborOne Bank; Sharon Conard Wells, executive director West Elmwood Housing Development Corp.; and Claudia McConaghy, branch officer for HarborOne Bank's Providence office./COURTESY HARBORONE FOUNDATION RHODE ISLAND

WARWICK — Nine nonprofit organizations in the Greater Providence area received a combined $32,500 in financial support from the HarborOne Foundation Rhode Island for their work helping children and families, the foundation announced Friday.

The foundation said that it focuses its support on organizations that provide educational opportunities, create access to “safe and affordable” housing, and “deliver basic human services to our most vulnerable citizens.”

“It is an honor to be able to help organizations that make such an amazing impact in our community and positively affect so many lives,” said HarborOne Foundation Rhode Island President William White in a statement.

James Blake, CEO of HarborOne Bank, noted that the bank has been “warmly welcomed” into the Rhode Island community and that the foundation is “one way that we can help that community and the people and organizations in it to thrive.”

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The grants each organization received ranged from $1,000 to $5,000. The organizations that received grant funding from the foundation are:

  • NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley: $5,000 to provide foreclosure counselling support to more than 60 families in Rhode Island
  • Olneyville Housing Corp./One Neighborhood Builders: $5,000 to support the development of the Sheridan Small Homes, a group of five small energy-efficient, affordable homes
  • Sojourner House Inc: $5,000 for the Rapid Re-Housing Program that assists homeless abuse victims in receiving rental assistance and support services
  • West Elmwood Housing Development Corp.: $5,000 to support home-buying and financial-literacy programs
  • Pawtucket School Department: $4,000 to support the Financially Fit Families Programs, which provides financial coaching through the Capital Good Fund
  • The Miriam Hospital Foundation: $3,000 to support the Community Investment Grants Program, which distributes annual awards to help improve the quality of life of its neighbors
  • Adoption Rhode Island: $2,500 to support the Succeed! Program, which provides individualized education support for children and teens
  • Young Voices: $2,000 to help youth from low-income communities in Providence and Newport become leaders in the community and succeed as adults, both in college and in the workplace
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island: $1,000 to support the emergency assistance fund that provides families necessary essentials

James Bessette is a PBN staff writer. Email him at

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