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Paying a visit to our grantees in the Blackstone River Valley
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 Progreso Latino, Central Falls

Mission: Progreso Latino empowers Rhode Island’s Latino and immigrant communities to achieve greater self-sufficiency and socio-economic progress by providing transformational programs – adult education and career training, youth and early childhood programs, financial literacy and income tax assistance, immigration services, health and wellness support, housing assistance, and more – all provided by a bilingual, bicultural staff in order to address the basic human needs of the Latino community. 

“Our goal is to help individuals in our community to achieve their professional and life goals, and this means also working with employers, government agencies, and other stakeholders so that they can keep in mind the needs and assets that the diverse community has to offer.” 

                                                         – Mario Bueno, Executive Director

  Farm Fresh Rhode Island, Pawtucket

Mission: Farm Fresh promotes a local food system that values the environment, health and quality of life Rhode Islanders by preserving farmland and agricultural knowledge, increasing access to fresh and healthy food, improving the impact of food production and distribution on our environment, and strengthening community-based food and farming businesses. Part incubator, part activator, Farm Fresh Rhode Island’s programs grow the local food system by building capacity in three areas: producers, markets, and eaters.

"On a recently purchased 3.2 acre site in the Valley neighborhood of Providence, we are developing the Rhode Island Food Hub. We see the hub as critical infrastructure for R.I.’s local and regional food system, creating an environment that stimulates job creation, small-business success."

                                                               — Jesse Rye, co-Executive Director

 NeighborWorks, Woonsocket

Mission: NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley (NWBRV) works with residents, businesses, neighborhood institutions, partners, and communities to enrich neighborhood life and make affordable housing opportunities available, and to creating a thriving community where people want to live, invest, and spend their time. 

“NeighborWorks spearheads special initiatives and projects – like the Millrace Initiative – that bring residents together create positive change, build prosperity, and make their neighborhoods exceptional places to live, work, and invest.”       — Margaux Morisseau, Director of Community Engagement

  Boys and Girls Club of Cumberland-Lincoln, Cumberland

Mission: The Boys and Girls Club is a positive force in the growth and development of all youth of Cumberland-Lincoln, by providing leadership, guidance and support, with a wide range of educational and physical activities in an enjoyable and secure environment, where youth can develop character and the qualities of responsible citizenship.

"Our youth find confidence, and most of all hope as they aspire to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Our supportive staff works with every child to help them to develop skills and interests that will last a lifetime."          — Gary Rebelo, CEO




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