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  • BigsRI Strengthens Partnership with City of North Providence

    North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi and BigsRI CEO Katje Afonseca

    The City of North Providence and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island Grow Partnership

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island (BigsRI) and the City of North Providence  has had a long standing partnership to help keep the community’s unwanted items out of our landfill and support hundreds of children across the state. Mayor Charles Lombardi and The City of North Providence have granted access to BigsRI to place their BIG Green Donation Bins at several new locations throughout the city.
    • Greystone Elementary School, 100 Morgan Ave
    • Dr EA Ricci Middle School, 51 Intervale Ave
    • Birchwood Middle School, 10 Birchwood Dr
    • North Providence Mancini Center, 2 Atlantic Blvd
    • Whelan Elementary, 1440 Mineral Spring Ave
    Residents are encouraged to drop off bagged clothing in the green bins. BigsRI Chief Executive Officer and North Providence Resident Katje Afonseca, states “I am proud that the city I live in is such a strong supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island. The bin placements are convenient for all residents to easily donate their bagged clothing and textiles. When donating to in our green bins you are making an impact right in your own community.” 

    Each year BigsRI diverts 3 – 5 million pounds of Rhode Island’s unwanted items from our landfill. The residents of North Providence contributed over 280,000 pounds of clothing and textiles in the past two years.  The donations collected resulted in a savings of over $6,500 for the city. 

    Mayor Charles Lombardi had this to say.  “We’re so grateful for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island’s commitment to our community and look forward to our strengthening partnership.”

    BigsRI makes donating in the city easy. Residents can also schedule a free curbside pick-up at their home or drop their bagged cloth in bins throughout North Providence.  Visit DonateRI.org or BigsRI.org/DonateRI to schedule your pick-up online!

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. If you are interested in mentoring a child, donating to support our program, forming a partnership like this one, or more visit www.BigsRI.org call (401) 921-2434 or email events@bigsri.org.


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