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Improving childhood literacy focus of Providence Rotary’s 26 community grants

Providence Rotary Charities Foundation awards $114,000 to 26 community agencies and Childhood Literacy Initiative

The Providence Rotary Charities Foundation, charitable arm of the Rotary Club of Providence, has awarded grants totaling $114,000 to 26 nonprofit agencies serving children in and around the city and to its signature Childhood Literacy Initiative.

“Our two-pronged giving strategy is aimed at providing meaningful support to smaller agencies offering a variety of specialized services to Providence area children, and supporting innovative literacy education programs in the Providence Public Schools,” said Janet A. Feyler, chairwoman of the foundation, and Holly B. Applegate, president of the club. “This focus on the needs of children has been the club’s philanthropic mission for most of its 111-year history.”

The Childhood Literacy Initiative donated $65,000 to fund a comprehensive digital library for use in all the city’s middle schools and targeted literacy support and measurement tools for students, primarily those reading below grade level, at Harry Kizirian Elementary School.

Representatives of many of the nonprofit agencies receiving grants from the Providence Rotary Charities Foundation, celebrated at a meeting of the Providence Rotary Club.

“We are proud to award these 26 not-for-profit organizations, whose programs enrich the lives of underserved children in and around Providence, a total of $49,000,” said Feyler.

134 Collaborative
To support the Out of School Jam program

Adoption RI
To support the Educational Success program

Alternatives to Violence Project 
To support the Educational In-Person program

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island
To support the Family Empowerment Investment Fund program

Books Are Wings
To support the Literacy Partnership program

Camp JORI
To support Scholarship Assistance for Neediest Children program

Community Boating Center, Inc.
To support the Eco Adventure Sailing Camp Scholarships program

Community Preparatory School
To support the Scholarship Sponsor program

Everett: Company, Stage & School
To support the After-school Performing Arts Classes program

FirstWorks
To support FirstWorks Arts Education program

Inspiring Minds
To support the Tutoring and Mentoring Services program

Katie Brown Educational Program
To support the Relationship Violence Prevention Education in Providence program

New Urban Arts
To support the Youth Mentorship in the Arts and Summer Art Internships program

Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth
To support the Broad Street Studio Classes program

Providence Community Opportunity Corporation
To support the Youth Internship program

Providence Promise
To support the Providence Promise’s Family Engagement & Early Scholarships program

Providence Public Library
To support the Passport to Summer Learning program

Read to Succeed
To support the Read to Succeed 2022 Summer program

Rhode Island Tutorial & Educational Services (RITES)
To support the 2022 RITES Summer program

Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education (RISE)
To support the Mentoring & Wrap Around Supports for Children of Incarcerated Parents program

Saint Mary’s Home for Children
To support the Finding Hope and Healing through Reading program

San Miguel School
To support the purchase of 20 new soccer athletic uniforms for the 2022-2023 academic year

Save the Bay
To support the Explore The Bay – Project-based Watershed and STEM Programming for Providence Students program

Sojourner House
To support Camp Eureka – the free week-long summer camp for children, ages 5-13, who have witnessed violence in their homes

Sophia Academy
To support the Farm School Class Trip program

Stages of Freedom
To support the Swim Empowerment program

The Rotary Club of Providence was founded in 1911 as the 22nd club in what is now the worldwide Rotary International with more than 33,000 clubs and 1.2 million members. “The club always welcomes new members, providing an opportunity to do good in the community and the world, in the company of people you like,” Applegate noted.

For membership information, visit www.ProvidenceRotary.org .

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