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Meet the Nominees

September Q3 2023 Nominees

East Bay Food Pantry

EIN: 26-475945

Website: eastbayfoodpantry.org/

Social: facebook.com/EastBayFoodPantry  

 instagram.com/eastbayfoodpantry/

 

Mission Statement

To engage, educate and empower the East Bay in creating a hunger-free community. Established in 2009, it has grown to serve 2,000+ East Bay residents. Mobile pantry delivers to homebound. EBFP maintains an emphasis on nutritious foods. It also operates a thriving thrift shop, the proceeds of which support the pantry.

 

Who They Serve

EBFP serves the East Bay of RI (East Providence to Newport/Little Compton); over 2,000 residents receive support annually. In 2021 352, 153 pounds of food were distributed, 7,793 households were visited, and 485 holiday food bags were created. Click here to see more their Annual Report from 2021.

 

 

How Would Funds Be Used 

Funds would be used to purchase food for the Food4Kids program. It is a program benefiting families with children under 18. Families can shop every Friday for milk, eggs, fruit, cheese, prepared foods, and snacks. Client and single mom Kimberley, says EBFP "gives us fresh food for the kids. That keeps us afloat." 

Annual Budget

Annual Operating Budget: $598,050  

 Annual Operating Costs: $598,050 + $66,000 in-kind donations (rent & water)

Individual and business donations; annual fundraiser; grants; thrift shop revenue

 

From their Application

An excerpt from their 2021 Annual Report: Our mission is to “engage, educate, and empower the East Bay in creating a hunger-free community.” In 2021, we expanded our commitment to providing healthy, accessible food for the East Bay community with an emphasis on choice. With the hard work of our dedicated volunteers and staff, we safely transitioned all our programs back to providing in-person shopping. However, mindful of the ongoing need for low-contact options, we also continued to offer pre-bagged food, increased grocery deliveries, and developed a new online ordering system. Our focus on accessibility also resulted in a new collaboration with Hugh-Cole school to address the needs of families with language or transportation challenges. 

Project Sweet Peas

EIN: 27-3679594

Website: projectsweetpeas.com 

*IMPORTANT NOTE*

Sweet Peas is a national organization. All money donated by 100 Women will support the RI chapter serving the NICU at Women & Infants Hospital.

MISSION STATEMENT:

Project Sweet Peas is a 501(c)3 national non-profit organization coordinated by volunteers, who through personal experience have become passionate about providing support to families of premature or sick infants and to those who have been affected by pregnancy and infant loss.

Project Sweet Peas acknowledges the importance of parental involvement in caregiving and decision-making in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and seeks to promote family-centered care (FCC) competencies in hospitals nationwide. Care packages, hospital events, peer-to-peer support, financial aid, educational materials, and other Project Sweet Peas services, support the cultural, spiritual, emotional, and financial needs of families as they endure life in the NICU.

Project Sweet Peas makes a lifelong commitment to support families experiencing pregnancy and infant loss. In a baby’s last moments, families are encouraged to make cherished memories with custom Project Sweet Peas keepsake items. Healing and remembrance continue to be fostered through programming such as peer-to-peer support, and our annual candlelight vigil.

Through our services, we give from our hearts, to inspire families with the hope of tomorrow.

 

How Would Funds Be Used 

Funds would go to support their Food & Fuel Fund. Nine in 10 families experience financial hardship during their time in the NICU. This fund provides assistance with gas, food & lodging to families experiencing a NICU stay.

 

Annual Budget 

Annual operating budget: $286,980  /  Annual Operating costs: $286,980

 

Sources of Funding 

Donations and fundraisers.

 

Who They Serve

Families in the NICU at Women & Infants Hospital, RI.

From their Application

"Project Sweet Peas made our NICU stay a little easier. When we requested a care package, I had no idea what I was doing or if I should have even reached out. I was a terrified mom with such a tiny baby to look after. When we recieved our package, it came with a bag, a pin, a book, and some milestone stickers, along with a few other things. These items which meant so little to a regular person meant so much to my family. To this day I still use the items that were given to our family, and when another mom who enters the shoes I once walked in sees my bag or pin, I gladly tell her my story and offer the same resources."

RI Women in the Trades

EIN: 86-1874894

Website: riwomeninthetrades.org

Social: https://www.facebook.com/RIWomenintheTrades

MISSION STATEMENT:

Our mission is to educate, organize and expand RI’s current and future tradeswomen to become one voice advocating to ensure fair and equal access to information,training and opportunity for employment in the construction industry.

To ensure women who enter the trades thrive and succeed, Women in the Trades recruits and trains women in various skills needed to succeed in the Construction Industry. Advocating for initiatives and policy that help and benefit women in the trades. Promote healthy worksites so women will want to stay in the field they choose. Mentoring, coaching and child care, these social services will help ensure success for RI WITT’s members throughout their careers. Encouraging women to celebrate their strength and progress and to pay it forward by volunteering to mentor and speak to future members.

 

These opportunities will help all women, including unemployed, underemployed, single mothers, women of color, LGBTQ plus and marginalized women to achieve economic empowerment and upward mobility resulting in a plethora of skilled, qualified tradeswomen, to help build and maintain Rhode Island. These are life long careers and we are an equal opportunity pre-apprentice program.

 

Women in the Trades is focused on uniting women in the trade industries, enabling them to:

• Speak with strength through numbers

• Affect policy relating to the trades

• Recruit and support women

• Help build communities with support and action

 

How Would Funds Be Used 

Funds would be used to support additional student participation; youth education around construction careers; and additional speakers for education cohorts. 

 

Annual Budget 

Annual operating budget: $360,000  /  Annual Operating costs: $360,000

 

Sources of Funding 

In-kind donation, fundraising, grant funding (Citizens Bank, SEG)

 

Who They Serve

Women/Single parents in the Providence community: 3 grads 2021, 4 grads 2022

From their Application

"The Executive Director, Anita Bruno, is a strong member of the Providence community and cares deeply to uplift marginalized women to have better lives for themselves and their families."

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