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Providence launches grant program for microbusinesses

PROVIDENCE – Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza on Monday announced a new grant program designed to help microbusinesses recover from COVID-19-related losses. The Microenterprise Grant...

Pawtucket rapid COVID-19 testing site moves to new location

PAWTUCKET – Residents of Central Falls and Pawtucket are now heading to a new site for rapid COVID-19 testing. The current location, which opened Aug....

Five Questions With: Jeanne Cola

Jeanne Cola has served as executive director for the Rhode Island Local Initiatives Support Corp. since 2011. Prior to that, she worked for 25...
CONNECTED CLASSROOMS: Sandra Robinson, right, is the family preservation supervisor for Children’s Friend in Providence. The organization received a six-month grant through the R.I. Department of Health and the R.I. Department of Human Services, which it will use to expand parent and child access to culturally and linguistically responsive classrooms.
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Grants promote cultural inclusion

Culturally and linguistically responsive teaching is coming to more early-childhood education classrooms in Rhode Island. As part of a grant program through the R.I. Department...
HELPING HANDS: From left, Erin Cox, program officer; Cindy Larson, deputy director; Jeanne Cola, executive director; Megan Ressler, program assistant; and Deanna Bruno, program assistant, at LISC’s Providence office.
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LISC fosters relationships to build stronger communities in Rhode Island

Business Excellence Awards 2018 Excellence at a Nonprofit: Local Initiatives Support Corp. Rhode Island Jeanne Cola says she has the best job in Rhode Island at...

LISC Rhode Island awards 8 R.I. community development corporations $525K

PROVIDENCE - The Local Initiatives Support Corp. Rhode Island announced $525,000 in grant awards for eight communities Wednesday, from its Neighborhood Development Fund for...
DEEPLY ENGAGED: Jeanne Cola uses her experience and the skills she learned working at Citizens Bank for 25 years in her current role as executive director of LISC Rhode Island, an organization that helps get affordable housing and other projects off the ground within the state’s most-distressed neighborhoods. / PBN FILE PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Cola using banking experience, skills to fuel LISC’s early-stage impact

Honoree | Jeanne Cola, LISC Rhode Island Career changers are common in today’s workforce. Those switching industries bring broad perspectives and fresh skill sets...
JEANNE COLA, executive director for LISC Rhode Island, reported that the nonprofit invested a record amount in the state in 2017. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

LISC Rhode Island invests record $26.8 million in 2017

PROVIDENCE – LISC Rhode Island ended 2017 having invested $26.8 million, including $2.3 million in grants, the nonprofit announced Wednesday. LISCRI surpassed its investment total...
DEEPLY ENGAGED: Jeanne Cola uses her experience and the skills she learned working at Citizens Bank for 25 years in her current role as executive director of LISC Rhode Island, an organization that helps get affordable housing and other projects off the ground within the state’s most distressed neighborhoods. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Cola using banking experience, skills to fuel LISC’s early-stage impact

Career changers are common in today’s workforce. Those switching industries bring broad perspectives and fresh skill sets to new fields but can make the...
Jeanne Cola looks at ways to build vibrant communities through improvements in housing, safety, health, livability and child care facilities, something Local Initiatives Support Corporation has been doing in Rhode Island for 26 years.   / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

No risk, no reward

Jeanne Cola | Rhode Island LISC executive director My advice for nonprofit leaders is to take risks. Traditionally, people view risk as a negative, but I...

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