Rhode Islanders help neighbors struggling with problems caused by COVID-19

RHODE ISLAND (WLNE) – The governor announced in her Tuesday press briefing that now is the time more than ever to lend a helping hand to a neighbor in need.

Many Rhode Islanders are starting to do just that.

“I think it’s extremely important that we come together during this time,” said Coventry resident Melanie Cargilo.

Cargilo is a teacher on extended spring break and using her time to help others.

“If anybody knows or has an elderly family member or someone with an autoimmune issue, I would be happy to pick up groceries or whatever they need and drop it off to them,” said Cargilo.

She’s asking anyone who needs help to reach out to her on Facebook.

In Woonsocket and Cumberland, a group of volunteers is delivering hot meals on the weekends to those in need since the Boys and Girls Club was forced to close along with all other daycares in the state.

“We’re also making snack packs to give out to some of the kids,” said Bonnie Piekarski.

Piekarski and other volunteers are using the Boys and Girls Club food stockpile to assemble the meals. She hopes the community will donate more food so they will be able to deliver meals throughout the week.

“It doesn’t take a lot to care for each other or look out for the next person,” said Piekarski.

The Rhode Island Foundation and United Way of Rhode Island also launched a fund to support local nonprofit organizations on the front line of COVID-19 response efforts. The two organizations jointly established the COVID-19 Response Fund, quickly raising more than $1.5 million in initial contributions from individual and corporate donors.

“We know that $2 million is wonderful, but it is truly just the beginning for what the needs are in the nonprofit community,” said Cortney Nicolato, the President and CEO of United Way R.I.

Gifts to the COVID-19 Response Fund, in any amount, can be made with Rhode Island Foundation or United Way of Rhode Island. The two organizations will work jointly to provide financial support for organizations on the front lines of the COVID-19 response who are working to serve vulnerable Rhode Islanders.

Nonprofits interested in learning more and applying for funds are asked to contact Larry Warner, Director of Grants and Strategic Initiatives, at larry.warner@uwri.org or (401) 444-0660.

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