Two Rhode Island youth honored for volunteerism in D.C.

Two Rhode Island youth honored for volunteerism in D.C.

CUMBERLAND – Emily Raimondi, 11, of Cumberland, and Kierra Giarrusso, 18, of Exeter, were honored in the nation’s capital for their outstanding volunteer service during the 24th annual presentation of The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

They received a $1,000 award and personal congratulations from actress Viola Davis at an award ceremony and gala dinner reception held at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of National History.

Raimondi, a 5th-grader at Garvin Memorial School, collects gifts for kids from low-income families and for pets in an animal shelter, and has raised nearly $10,000 over the past four years for people with spinal cord injuries. Her biggest project is raising money for the Travis Roy Foundation, established by a Boston University hockey player who was paralyzed from the neck down 11 seconds into his first game.

In addition to their cash awards, they each received an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent to Washington, D.C., for four days of recognition events.

For more information about The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and this year’s honorees, visit or