Rhode Island Foundation Awards Grant to Local Red Cross

PROVIDENCE, RI — The American Red Cross has received $5,500 in grants from the Rhode Island Foundation through the Fund for Rhode Island and the Bob and Wini Galkin Fund to support the provision of emergency food and clothing assistance for American Red Cross disaster relief in Rhode Island.

Paula Montgomery, American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter executive director, said the grant would provide meaningful support for Rhode Islanders affected by disaster. “When you’ve lost everything because of a fire or other disaster that forces you from your home, getting help with the basics is the first step to recovery.” Montgomery pointed out that American Red Cross disaster relief is funded entirely by donations and not by government funds. “This gift will support a vital community service and support the work of Red Cross volunteers who step forward to help neighbors in need.”

Montgomery thanked the Rhode Island Foundation for its support of American Red Cross disaster relief. “The Red Cross responds to an average of 200 fires each year in Rhode Island. This investment by the Rhode Island Foundation in meeting the emergency needs of residents will have immediate impact on the lives of people affected by disasters.”

“Every grant we make underscores our commitment to moving Rhode Island forward. We work closely with our donors and grantees to ensure there are the resources and the resourcefulness to achieve great impact,” said Neil Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO, in awarding the grant.

About the Rhode Island Foundation:
The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2012, the Foundation made grants of more than $30.4 million to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities. Through leadership, fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential. For more information, visit www.rifoundation.org.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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