R.I. Foundation aid to Woonsocket nonprofits

R.I. Foundation aid to Woonsocket nonprofits

WOONSOCKET – Six Blackstone Valley nonprofits are among 19 organizations across the state that will be able to help Rhode Islanders with food, rent, utilities and other expenses thanks to $1 million in the latest round of grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.

The Community Care Alliance in Woonsocket will use the funding to provide gift cards to grocery stores, bus passes and basic needs assistance. The organization expects to serve approximately 2,000 individuals and 1,000 households.

The Blackstone Valley Community Action Program will use most of its grant to help clients who have been directly affected by COVID-19 with rental assistance and to stock its food pantry. The organization serves Woonsocket, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Lincoln and Cumberland.

The Elisha Project, which supplies food to Woonsocket residents through a group of churches and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northern Rhode Island, will use its grant to distribute perishable food daily. The organization will continue its community outreach and engagement activities and provide fresh produce and protein products to residents with low or moderate incomes.

With this round of grants, the COVID-19 Response Fund at the Foundation has raised and awarded approximately $7 million since March 27 focused on those most vulnerable to the impact of the pandemic.

For more information, visit rifoundation.org .