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HarborOne Foundation Rhode Island Awards $58,680 in Grants

(Warwick, RI) – April 28, 2021 – Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) was among seven recipients of HarborOne Foundation Rhode Island grants focused on helping Rhode Island individuals and families. The Community College of Rhode Island investment is one part of the HarborOne Foundation Rhode Island’s total of $58,680 grants and brings the 2021 total of grants awarded in Rhode Island to over $100,000.

CCRI’s $13,680 grant will help support high-impact student financial advisory services during the peak period in the FAFSA submission cycle. CCRI’s services will target incoming students from Rhode Island's low-income school districts that represent over 50 percent of the CCRI student population. Economic inequality continues to be the most significant barrier for underserved students seeking to pursue a postsecondary education. Fully leveraging financial aid eligibility can be a catalyst for helping reverse this legacy.

“We are dedicated to helping organizations like these who work tirelessly day after day to improve the lives of children and families in the areas where we live and work,” said James Blake, CEO of HarborOne Bank. “By Investing in programs like Community College of Rhode’s efforts to assist students from underserved districts navigate the complex FASA submission process, we hope to create more educational and economic opportunity for students by trying to eliminate these barriers.”

The HarborOne Foundation Rhode Island Grantees for this round of funding include:

Boys and Girls Club of Northern Rhode Island received a $15,000 grant to support the building of a new Culinary Learning Center and community food pantry at the new Woonsocket Clubhouse.

Community College of Rhode Island received a $13,680 grant to support high-impact student financial advisory services during the 12-week peak period in the FAFSA submission cycle. Services will be targeted to serve incoming students from Rhode Island’s low-income school districts that represent over 50 percent of CCRI student population.

AS220 received a $10,000 grant to support the paid youth workforce development program. Programming consists of Arts Education and Mentoring, Career and Leadership Training, and Social Justice Education.

Rhode Island Community Food Bank received a $10,000 grant to help meet the basic human needs of Rhode Islanders through food assistance. Funds will help cover the costs associated with acquiring and distributing millions of pounds of food to meet the drastic increase in the need for food assistance caused by the Coronavirus crisis.

Adoption Rhode Island received a $5,000 grant to support the Educational Success Program. Adoption Rhode Island staff in conjunction with an Educational Consultant and the schools ensure that each child continues with their educational process throughout elementary and middle school to meet all requirements to obtain a high school diploma and go on to a post-secondary education or training program.

Books Are Wings received a $2,500 grant to support programs that help put free books in the hands of children which is essential to the development of literacy skills.

Reach Out and Read RI received a $2,500 grant to provide Providence County children and families coaching from RORI trained pediatricians/family physicians about the importance of daily shared reading, while providing each child with a new, developmentally- appropriate book at each well-visit.

About HarborOne Bank
HarborOne Bank, headquartered in Massachusetts, has $4.61 billion in assets. It serves the financial needs of consumers, businesses, and municipalities throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island through a network of 26 full-service branches, one limited-service branch, and commercial loan offices in Providence and Boston. HarborOne has been included in Forbes’ Best in State Banks list for three consecutive years and Globe’s Best Places to Work in 10 of the last 11 years.

The Bank also provides a range of educational services through “HarborOne U,” with classes on small business, financial literacy and personal enrichment delivered virtually and at two campuses adjacent to our Brockton and Mansfield locations as well as at community partner locations throughout Rhode Island. HarborOne Mortgage, LLC, a subsidiary of HarborOne Bank, is a full-service mortgage lender with more than 30 offices in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, New Jersey, Florida and is also licensed to lend in four additional states. NMLS ID: 2561. Licensed by the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance. Rhode Island Licensed Lender. Equal Housing Opportunity.

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