NORTH SMITHFIELD – The North Smithfield Heritage Association was one of three organizations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island to receive the Blackstone River Valley Heritage Corridor’s 2022 Partner of the Year Award. Ron Lapierre accepted the award on behalf of the NSHA at the Corridor’s Volunteer Appreciation Night at its Whitinsville Headquarters.

In their 2022 fiscal year, which ended in October, NSHA volunteers logged 1,615 hours. Some of the volunteers only started tracking their hours in April. For some matching grants, a non-profit organization can apply its volunteer hours at the rate of $29 per hour as a match for the grant. The IRS values the NSHA 2022 volunteer hours at $48,450, according to a press release.

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