HarborOne Foundation Rhode Island provides $100,000 in grants to nine local organizations

Left to Right: Susan Anderson, College Success Program Director; Moira Hinderer, Interim Executive Director; and Claudia Cardozo, Community Development Manager HarborOne Bank

January 10, 2022

Providence, Rhode Island, January 10, 2022 – College Vision was among nine recipients of the HarborOne Foundation Rhode Island’s recent grant round totaling $100,500 in awards. The $5,000 grant to College Vision will help improve access to essential resources that give students a better advantage to not only enroll in an affordable college of choice, but graduate and earn their college degree.

“We are proud to support organizations like College Vision who work tirelessly each day to create access and opportunity for the young people in our local communities,” said Bill White, President HarborOne Foundation Rhode Island. “By investing in programs like this, our hope is to help build communities that prosper.”

Since its inception, the HarborOne Foundation Rhode Island has contributed over to One Million Dollars to non-profit organizations across Rhode Island in support of individuals and families. The Foundation's work seeks to provide greater access and equity in the areas of education, safe and affordable housing and basic needs.

Grantees for this round of funding are included below.

Olneyville Housing Corp/ONE Neighborhood Builders received a $30,000 grant to help close the digital divide in the community and provide equity of accessibility and opportunity. ONE NB developed it’s free community Wi-Fi network due to the urgent need for internet access for children to participate in school, parents working remotely and for people to access telehealth appointments for their own safety.

Providence Performing Arts Center received a $25,000 grant to support the 2021/22 Arts Showcase. Six performances were taped and will be presented virtually to over 17,200 students. A majority of the schools are from the Providence area and are from low-moderate income families. Due to their economic situation, many of these students would not have otherwise been able to experience the magic of live theater without the Arts Showcase program.

West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation received a $15,000 grant to help create a path to more affordable housing opportunities by educating the community on topics including first-time home buyer education, housing stability, health, nutrition, and financial literacy.

Capital Good Fund received a $10,000 grant to help provide the Financial & Health Coaching program known as FC Plus, to low-income families in the Great Providence area. FC Plus is a 12 month program and provides clients with the tools needed to meet their financial needs, build financial literacy, improve overall well-being, and create a foundation for economic mobility.

Family Service of Rhode Island, Inc. received a $5,000 grant to help fund an EMPath Mobility Mentoring (EMM) project. EMM is a proven method of economic coaching that includes self-assessment, goal identification, personalized coaching towards goals, and positive reinforcement.

Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center received a $5,000 grant to support workforce development activities to women residing in their emergency shelters. These activities include workshops on financial literacy, resume writing, life skills, and self-esteem.

College Visions received a $5,000 grant to help provide students with access to essential resources that give students a better advantage to not only enroll in an affordable college of choice, but graduate and earn their college degree.

Junior Achievement of Rhode Island received a $3,000 grant to support the delivery and expansion of their proven economic education programs. These funds will support JA’s educational programs in financial literacy and work readiness for students in urban and urban-ring communities.

House of Hope Community Development Corporation received a $2,500 grant to help support clients by providing basic needs, emergency shelter costs, food and meals for distribution and medical services.

About HarborOne Bank

HarborOne Bank, headquartered in Massachusetts, serves the financial needs of consumers, businesses, and municipalities throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island through a network of 30 full-service banking centers and commercial loan offices.

The Bank also provides a range of educational resources through “HarborOne U,” with free digital content, webinars, and recordings for small business and personal financial education. HarborOne Mortgage, LLC, a subsidiary of HarborOne Bank, provides mortgage lending services throughout New England and other states.