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Chris Barnett
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Building a new model for community health
By Chris Barnett / October 12, 2016
A new model for community health care is coming to Central Falls. Blackstone Valley Community Health Care is building a $15 million Neighborhood Health Station on land directly behind the existing Notre Dame Express Health Care building at 1000 Broad St.

Ceramic tiles capture the spirit of one community
By Chris Barnett / October 4, 2016
Four different panels were created; each depicting colorful scenes of town life like playgrounds and boating. These panels will welcome visitors to Jamiel’s Park, a 13-acre waterfront park in the heart of downtown.

New partnership tackles “achievement gap” for English Learners
By Chris Barnett / September 30, 2016
State and local education officials and the Rhode Island Foundation are partnering on a nearly $500,000 initiative to tackle the “achievement gap” for students who are English Learners. The program will send 60 public school teachers back to college for intensive English as a Second Language Instruction and Dual Language Program training.

$1.6 million available in medical research and health care grants
By Chris Barnett / September 26, 2016
Because of the generosity of our inspiring donors, we are able to invest in advancing medical breakthroughs. The grants we make will have the potential to enable people to lead healthier lives and jumpstart one of the state’s most promising sectors.

Learning new ways to make it in the classroom
By Chris Barnett / September 22, 2016
Our $21,000 grant is helping FabNewport teach K-12 teachers how to integrate “making” into their classrooms.

Rhody Ramble makes history fun for families
By Chris Barnett / September 16, 2016
Now is a wonderful time to check out the Rhody Ramble, which features a slew of activities that connect families with authentic local places and events like outdoor festivals, music concerts, hands-on activities, story times, and walking tours.

$1.5 million in scholarships awarded
By Chris Barnett / September 13, 2016
Students from across the state are headed off to college with the help of more than $1.5 million in scholarships from us.

Grants to serve Latino community are available
By Chris Barnett / September 6, 2016
Nonprofit organizations have until Sept. 30 to apply for grants that serve the Latino community through the Juanita Sánchez Community Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.

Building community with music in the Park
By Chris Barnett / August 23, 2016
Nearly 5,000 people joined us at Roger Williams Park to celebrate our Centennial with a concert by the Rhode Island Philharmonic. It was a wonderful celebration of our 100th anniversary – bringing together one of our state’s cultural treasures, one of our best-loved places, and many, many members of the community.

Offering grants to empower RI's Black community
By Chris Barnett / August 17, 2016
Nonprofit organizations that serve the African-American community have until Sept. 15 to apply for grants from the Black Philanthropy Initiative (BPI).

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