NP and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island grow partnership

NP and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island grow partnership

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island CEO Katje Afonseca and North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi, pictured here at the North Providence Mancini Center, announce an expanded partnership on local donation bins.

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island and the town of North Providence have had a longstanding partnership to help keep the community’s unwanted items out of the landfill and support hundreds of children across the state.

Mayor Charles Lombardi and the town have granted access to BigsRI to place their BIG Green Donation Bins at several new locations throughout the town:

• Greystone Elementary School, 100 Morgan Ave.;

• Ricci Middle School, 51 Intervale Ave.;

• Birchwood Middle School, 10 Birchwood Drive;

• North Providence Mancini Center, 2 Atlantic Blvd.;

• And Whelan Elementary, 1440 Mineral Spring Ave.

Residents are encouraged to drop off bagged clothing in the green bins. BigsRI Chief Executive Officer and North Providence resident Katje Afonseca, states, “I am proud that the town I live in is such a strong supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island. The bin placements are convenient for all residents to easily donate their bagged clothing and textiles. When donating in our green bins you are making an impact right in your own community.”

Each year, BigsRI diverts between 3 and 5 million pounds of Rhode Island’s unwanted items from the landfill. Residents of North Providence contributed more than 280,000 pounds of clothing and textiles in the past two years. The donations collected resulted in a savings of more than $6,500 for the town.

“We’re so grateful for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island’s commitment to our community and look forward to our strengthening partnership,” said Mayor Charles Lombardi.

Residents can also schedule a free curbside pick-up at their home. Visit or to schedule an appointment.

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