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THE RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION has launched an initiative to create action steps to boost housing creation and address homelessness in the state. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

RIF launches initiative to address homelessness, housing shortage

PROVIDENCE – In an effort to address the housing shortage and homelessness in the Ocean State, the Rhode Island Foundation late Friday launched an...
THE UNITED WAY of Rhode Island has received a $760,000 federal grant to support its 211 program.

United Way receives $760K federal grant to support 211 program

PROVIDENCE – The United Way of Rhode Island’s 211 program is getting a significant financial boost from the federal government. The prominent nonprofit announced Monday...
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. 

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...
HEAVY LIFTING: Cliff Moniz, a driver/warehouse worker at the We Share Hope food pantry and market in East Providence, unloads food ­donations. 

Nonprofit sector overlooked key to a healthy economy

Selfless nonprofits are often the difference between needy Rhode Islanders going without during the holidays and managing to provide enough food and a few...

United Way of R.I.’s 211 program gets $1.5M toward expansion

PROVIDENCE – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island has committed $1.5 million in funding to help the United Way of Rhode Island...

ISO: Mild temps, advanced planning should prevent winter electricity blackouts

PROVIDENCE – Mild temperatures and proactive planning should ensure there’s enough power to meet regional electricity needs this winter, according to ISO New England...
VOLUNTEERS SORT items at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, one of seven social service agencies sharing $180,000 in emergency year-end grants from the Rhode Island Foundation. / COURTESY CONNIE GROSCH/RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

Does Rhode Island deserve its reputation for being among the nation’s...

Rhode Island again ranked near the bottom of WalletHub's annual list of the most charitable states, coming in at No. 45 in the ranking...

ONE Neighborhood Builders unveils data on digital equity model

PROVIDENCE – An equity-focused WiFi service overseen by ONE Neighborhood Builders has seen a significant growth in usage since its launch in 2020, the...
A RECENT SURVEY conducted by the Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island and the United Way of Rhode Island show that the surveyed nonprofits are struggling financially, particularly with inflation. Many are also experiencing a staffing crisis. / PBN FILE PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Survey: Local nonprofits struggling with financial, staffing woes

PROVIDENCE – A survey conducted by the United Way of Rhode Island and the Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island paints a bleak picture for...
VITAL SERVICE: Ashlee Austin, right, site inclusive health clinician at Thundermist Health Center, meets with a patient at the 
center’s West Warwick location.

Mental health providers are overwhelmed in R.I.

As COVID-19 began to creep into Rhode Island in early 2020, Michelle Crossley saw a steady increase in emails from people wondering whether they...
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