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TECH TALK: Lina Bravo, right, digital equity and learning coordinator at the Providence Public Library, assists Wathira Nganga, who is visiting Providence from New Jersey, at one of the library’s computer stations.
PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Groups poised to start R.I.’s Digital Equity Plan

While the internet may seem unavoidable – even crucial – in day-to-day life, just 80% of Rhode Island residents have a laptop or desktop...
TEST RUN: Jorge Reyes of Providence displays pastries called pastelitos at the Culinary Hub of Providence – CHOP – a workforce training restaurant that’s due to open this spring in the Providence Public Library. Reyes is in the early stages of culinary ­training.
PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Building restaurant in Providence library is far from by the book

These days, it’s not so silent in the Providence Public Library. And PPL isn’t unique in that regard – while libraries haven’t completely abandoned quiet...

Providence Public Library graduates first class of Microsoft Excel program

PROVIDENCE – Sixteen Rhode Island residents recently graduated from a Providence Public Library pilot program offering free Microsoft Excel and English-language training. The class, Microsoft Excel Work Readiness...
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With: Jack Martin

1. What do you see as the library’s role in supporting Providence’s workforce and community? I see PPL as a changemaker in both the library...
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Hope & Main’s Nourish Our Neighbors program a hit, especially during...

With Giving Tuesday still in the public consciousness, and the holiday season making all of us aware of why we reach out to neighbors...

BankNewport awards $505,000 in grants to 45 R.I. organizations in Q2

NEWPORT – BankNewport awarded more than $505,000 in grants to 45 organizations throughout Rhode Island that focus on areas of need during the second...
THE UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND Guitar Festival will hold its fundraiser concert and silent auction on July 15 at the Providence Public Library, pictured. / PBN FILE PHOTO/JAMES BESSETTE

Philanthropy Calendar, July 5, 2023

Click here for the Sept. 27, 2022 issue of the Philanthropy Calendar.
STATE AND EDUCATION OFFICIALS present a grant to Warwick Schools at Oakland Beach Elementary School. The state has awarded 21 grants to local education agencies and nonprofit partners totaling $3.9 million. / COURTESY GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE

Local education partnerships receive $3.9M in ARPA-funded grants

WARWICK – State elected and education officials on Tuesday at Oakland Beach Elementary School announced that 21 grants totaling $3.9 million were awarded to...
STATEWIDE ­DECISIONS: ­Multiple members of the General Assembly will take part in the 2023 Legislative Luncheon hosted by the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 15 at noon at the R.I. Convention Center. Pictured is the R.I. Statehouse. 
PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

Editor’s Choice: Greater Providence Chamber to host Legislative Luncheon

EDITOR’S CHOICE Greater Providence Chamber to host Legislative Luncheon THE GREATER PROVIDENCE Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2023 Rhode Island Legislative Luncheon. The Chamber...
CELEBRATING MANUFACTURING: The Rhode Island Manufacturers Association will hold its annual awards dinner on Feb. 7 at the Graduate Providence. 
PBN FILE PHOTO/MARY MACDONALD

Editor’s Choice: R.I. Manufacturers Association to hold annual awards dinner

EDITOR’S CHOICE R.I. Manufacturers Associationto hold annual awards dinner THE RHODE ISLAND Manufacturers Association will hold its annual awards dinner. The annual program recognizes local...
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