2016 Grant Recipients

Providence Rotary Charities Foundation
grants $65,000 to
32 area non-profits serving children
 
The Providence Rotary Charities Foundation, the charitable arm of the Rotary Club of Providence, has awarded grants totaling $65,000 to 32 local non-profit organizations serving children. The 2016 awards continue a decades-long tradition of giving that has helped thousands of children with social, educational, health, cultural and other needs.
 
Providence Rotarians support the foundation through regular giving and donations to club special events including the annual Street Painting Festival. Area businesses also contribute through corporate sponsorship of events.
 
Founded in 1911, the Rotary Club of Providence is one of the area’s oldest and largest service organizations.
 
Agencies receiving foundation grants in 2016 are:
 
Adoption Rhode Island – $2,000
Support Bridges to Hope Emergency Fund helping youths transitioning to adulthood.
 
Books Are Wings – $3,000
Help provide 15,000 children's books to prevent summer loss of reading skills.
 
Boy Scouts of America, Narragansett Council – $2,000
Supports character building and outdoor educational programs for inner city youth.
 
Camp JORI (Jewish Children’s Home of RI) – $2,000
Fund scholarships for needy children.
 
Camp Ruggles, Inc. – $2,000
Camperships for seven low income children with emotional and behavioral disabilities.
 
C.I.T.E. School (Center for Individualized Training and Education) – $1,000
Field trips to improve literacy and sensory processing skills of autistic students.
 
Community Boating Center (CBC) – $2,000
Support after-school and summer sailing program.
 
Community Preparatory School – $2,000
TestPrep program to help seventh and eighth graders prepare for competitive high school exams.
 
Everett: Company, Stage and School – $2,000
Support free after school performing arts training.
 
FirstWorks – $2,000
Support arts education and launch new Teen Correspondents program.
 
Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England – $2,000
Support Urban Outreach programs to help “at-risk” girls from lower income neighborhoods build leadership skills.
 
HeadsUp, Inc. – $2,000
Support Out of School Jam, targeting youth ages 10 to 13 that are at or below poverty level.
 
Highlander Charter School – $2,000
Summer Enrichment to prevent loss of literacy and math skills.
 
Inspiring Minds – $1,500
Help recruit, screen, train, and monitor community and college tutors/mentors.
 
The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence – $2,500
“Choose Peace Project” -- one-time training sessions in 3 Providence Middle Schools to encourage and foster a culture of nonviolence.
 
Junior Achievement of Rhode Island – $2,000
Support JA Our Region introducing students to entrepreneurship.
 
Katie Brown Educational Program – $2,000
Support violence prevention education at several Providence elementary and middle schools.
 
The Manton Avenue Project – $2,500
Out-of-school/after-school playwriting programs for children of immigrant families in Olneyville.
 
Paul Cuffee School – $2,000
Subsidize bus transportation for Grades 6 – 8 College Visits.
 
Providence Children’s Museum (PCM) – $2,000
Help address the widening gap in learning opportunities and educational achievement between advantaged and disadvantaged kids.
 
Read to Succeed – $2,000
Help purchase 2,016 books for 336 students during the Read to Succeed Summer Program.
 
ResilientKids Organization – $3,000
Support 28 students in an under-performing classroom in Providence receiving mindfulness-based social and emotional learning curriculum.
 
Rhode Island for Community & Justice – $1,500
Support RICJ’s Summer Leadership Institute: Project RESPECT.
 
Rhode Island Urban Debate League – $3,000
Create a web-based portal that will provide over 100 teachers access to materials, instructional tools, sample lesson plans, and activity templates.
 
Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education (RISE) – $2,000
Learning supports to prevent barriers to full engagement in learning for children with incarcerated parents.
 
The Samaritans of Rhode Island (The Samaritans, Inc.) – $2,000
Support neighborhood-based teen suicide prevention awareness.
 
Sojourner House – $2,000
Support Camp Eureka, Providence’s only summer camp for low-income children who have witnessed domestic violence.
 
Sophia Academy – $1,000
Support 4 Sophia students at a weeklong environmental science camp designed by Save the Bay.
 
South Providence Neighborhood Ministries – $2,000
Leadership development and work readiness skills for at-risk teens.
 
Whitmarsh House – $2,000
Establish a new program of emergency funds to help young men 18-21 with shelter, food and clothing.
 
YMCA of Greater Providence (East Side/Mount Hope) – $2,000
Provide free summer swimming program for 50 underserved Providence kids, ages 5-12.
 
YWCA Rhode Island – $2,000
Support Rosie’s Girls, a unique summer day camp experience for adolescent girls (ages 11-13).