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Nonprofits receive $71,000 to serve Barrington residents
By Chris Barnett / May 25, 2016 /   Loading Disqus...

Barrington Little League is among 10 nonprofit organizations that will share $71,000 in grants from the Rhode Island Foundation through its Barrington District Nursing Association Fund. All of the money will be used to provide services for residents of Barrington.

Barrington Little League received $7,500 to buy automatic external defibrillators (AED) for six ball fields: Haines Park, Chianese Park, Veterans Memorial Park, Sherwood Field, Barrington Middle School field complex, and Sowams School field complex.

Barrington resident Sabrina Medeiros, a senior at Paul W. Crowley East Bay Met and Dr. Peter Kriz, a sports medicine physician at University Orthopedics and Barrington Little League’s Safety Officer, collaborated on the effort as part of Medeiros’ senior project.

“Across the United States, more than 100 young people have died as a result of blunt force trauma like being struck with a baseball. Field-side AEDs can reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death,” said Kriz.

The league will work with the Barrington Fire Department to train coaches how to use the defibrillators and make the devices available to other sports leagues in town.

“Such a community collaboration would allow a larger number of athletes and spectators to have access to AEDs at practices and games, and for potentially lifesaving interventions to be seconds away when needed,” Kriz said.

The Foundation’s single largest grant was awarded to East Bay Community Action Program, which received $20,000 to expand local behavioral health services through its Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral and Treatment program.

The other nonprofits receiving grants are Barrington Arts Alive, Barrington Tap-In, Bayside Family YMCA, Friends of the Barrington Senior Center, Visiting Nurses Services of Newport and Bristol Counties, Visiting Nurses Association of R.I., the Women's Resource Center and Meals on Wheels.

The grants will support everything from arts programs for special-needs children and counseling for victims of domestic violence to home-delivered meals and wellness programs for senior citizens.

“Every grant we make underscores our commitment to moving Rhode Island forward. We work closely with our donors and grantees to ensure there are the resources and the resourcefulness to achieve great impact,” said Neil Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO.

Incorporated in 1923, the Barrington District Nursing Association ceased operation in 1968, when it merged with a number of smaller agencies to create the East Shore District Nursing Association. In 1989, the board of the former Barrington District Nursing Association voted to turn its assets over to the Foundation and create the fund that bears the organization’s name and continues its mission.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2015, the Foundation awarded $41.5 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities. Through leadership, fundraising, and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.

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