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Awards Breakfast & Campaign Kickoff

Friday, October 16, 2015

We would like to thank everyone who came out on Friday morning, October 16th to honor our Award Recipients at this years Awards Breakfast and Campaign Kickoff! Thanks so much for your support and helping to strengthen YOUR Community.







 2015 Brochure

We are Rhode Island's Community

Giving Fund

The Fund for Community Progress is Rhode Island's Community Giving Fund - connecting donors to causes they care about.  By connecting donors to 25 different charitable agencies in our own communities we all become part of the solution to extinguish poverty, hunger, illiteracy, violence and discrimination.

For more than 30 years, The Fund for Community Progress has been leading Rhode Island in socially responsive philanthropy.  One dollar, one donor at a time- together we are helping our neighbors thrive.

How your donation impacts your neighbors ~

 Mental Health Association of Rhode Island

Jack lived on the streets of Providence for the past thirty years. Jack’s rap sheet is ridden with arrests – all for charges associated with his chronic homelessness and refusal to use the homeless shelters. He considers basements, park benches, sidewalks and the spaces beneath bridges “home.”  Over the course of his three decades of homelessness, largely due to his cognitive deficiencies and paranoia, he has not engaged with mental health service providers. This lack of services results in a heavy use of the hospital and prison systems, which would have been greatly minimized if Jack had the support he needed to take care of himself.

A district court judge cancelled a bench warrant for Jack on the condition that he engage with social workers to successfully submit an SSI/SSDI application on his behalf. Just weeks after submission, Jack was awarded SSI and Medicaid. This funding allows Jack to live in supportive housing, properly care for his health, and participate in his community.  The ACCESS and SOAR programs of the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island help individuals like Jack every day to get the supportive services and intensive case management that they need to not only survive but thrive as members of our Rhode Island community.

Neighborhood Health Stations Fund

The Fund for Community Progress is the fiscal agent for the pilot phase of Neighborhood Health Stations. 

What is a Neighborhood Health Station?

A Neighborhood Health Station is a new kind of community organization that builds communities as it improves the health of individuals.  It provides a place for people in a neighborhood to get most of the medical services they need, a coordinated team of health professionals to care for that community, a community organization that can advocate for the health of everyone who lives in the community, and a place for people to come together, exercise and grow together.

















The Fund Awards $4,750

in Scholarships

Since 2006, The Fund for Community Progress has awarded seventeen women with grants to begin or continue studies in higher education through the Nondas Hurst Voll Scholarship Fund.  Nondas Voll served as Executive Director of The Fund for fourteen years. 

The Voll Scholarship Fund was established through an endowment from Dr. Karen Haskell, retired Dean of Students at Roger Williams University to honor her friend and activist for peace and social justice for whom the scholarship is named.

This year, Dr. Haskell established a second scholarship program with The Fund for Community Progress to honor the memory of her late sister.  The Paula M. Rivard Memorial Scholarship has allowed us to double the opportunities available for women and single mothers to pursue higher education. 

This year, we awarded scholarships to seven women with grants ranging from $750 to $500.



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Maria's dreams of homeownership were thrown aside when her husband passed away leaving her to raise four children on her own.  Upon the advice of a friend she contacted NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley's HomeOwnership Center for help.  With their help, Maria closed on her new home this past March.  "After struggling for so long, I thought owning my own home was impossible but if you have a dream and work towards it, it will come true no matter what the circumstances or obstacles in your life," says Maria.

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