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Effective altruism a growing charitable movement

Effective altruism is an intellectual and charitable movement that aspires to find the best ways to help others. People dedicated to it rely on...
TAKING STOCK: Rhode Island Community Food Bank Chief Philanthropy Officer Lisa Roth Blackman says empty shelves are a common sight at the organization’s Providence warehouse because demand is so high lately. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

HELPERS HURTING: Nonprofits overwhelmed by needs and no end in sight

In nearly 15 years of working at poverty relief nonprofit Amos House, ­­Jessica Salter has seen the toll that food and housing insecurity has...
REACHING OUT: LaSalle Academy students JJ Sanzi, left, and Cole ­Matthews volunteer by preparing meals at the Amos House food kitchen in Providence.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

The rush is on at Amos House earlier each month

At Amos House’s soup kitchen, need is typically lower at the beginning of the month, then ramps up as people’s public-assistance benefits run out....
HEAD OF THE CLASS: Teacher Luzleny Cutler, right, and student Lucienda Lapointe review English grammar lessons on a board at the front of a classroom at Dorcas International Institute in Providence recently. 
PBN PHOTO/RUPERTY WHITELEY

Offering warm welcome gets tougher for Dorcas

As Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island Inc. heads into the winter, the nonprofit doesn’t look at the upcoming stretch of time as the...
DELIVERING THE GOODS: Dustin Ford, left, community specialist in the Providence school system in charge of the Mount Pleasant High School food pantry, and John Nagbe, community outreach manager at We Share Hope, deliver donations to the high school’s recently opened food pantry, which provides students with food during holiday breaks, nights and weekends.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Hope in the form of food pantries at local schools

When nonprofit leaders describe current conditions in their communities, the term “perfect storm” comes up. One of the places where the storm is most visible...
SETTING UP: Rachel Lawler, a volunteer at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Newport, organizes toys for the organization’s “­Santa’s Workshop” program, which allows families to choose from a selection of free gifts for their children.
PBN PHOTO/DAVID HANSEN

Volunteers come to MLK Center’s rescue

While the holiday season is always a busy time for the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Newport, this year the spike in...

BankNewport awards $230K in grants to R.I. organizations

NEWPORT – BankNewport recently awarded more than $230,000 in grants to Rhode Island organizations that address food insecurity, education, workforce development, health and underserved...

Blue State Coffee closes all locations

PROVIDENCE – Blue State Coffee, a coffee shop chain that got its start in Rhode Island and expanded into two other states, permanently closed...
IN THE WORKS: Pictured are ­
affordable housing units under ­construction on Bowdoin 
Street in Providence.
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NEIGHBORHOOD 
BUILDERS

How will R.I. use $250M to ease its housing woes?

Rhode Island has received $1.1 billion in federal money from the American Rescue Plan Act, passed in response to the economic effects of the...
ELEVEN SMALL businesses and nonprofits are getting nearly a combined $50,000 under Social Enterprise Greenhouse’s new Microgrant Fund. 

SEG awards $50K to 11 businesses, nonprofits

PROVIDENCE – Eleven small businesses and nonprofits have been awarded nearly a combined $50,000 under Social Enterprise Greenhouse’s new Microgrant Fund. The funds of up to...
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