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Help Locally:

Newport Hospital is always recruiting volunteers to work in all areas of the Hospital. Call Volunteer Coordinator, Lisa Coble, at 845-1635 for more information or see the web site

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Ocean State - always looking for volunteers and donations, call 401-921-2434. They also collect clothes and household items. You can schedule a pick up or drop your items at many locations (see the site). Aquidneck Island Donation Center, 1341 West Main Rd, Middletown.

Singing Out Against Hunger - Founded in 2003, Singing Out Against Hunger was created to provide nutritious food for our neighbors in need and to raise awareness of their ongoing plight. In cooperation with local merchants, volunteer musicians, and civic-minded people, Singing Out Against Hunger raises thousands of dollars each year through free musical events, raffles, and donations. We believe that self-expression, through music and the arts, a volunteer spirit, and the talents of individuals will help to rid the East Bay communities of hunger.

Many local centers need donations of food items and/or volunteers to help gather, serve, drive and other jobs as needed. Food items generally need to be non-perishable: canned goods, stuffing and/or mashed potato mix, cranberry sauce, cereal, etc. Some places will gladly accept monetary donations to buy larger or perishable items to distribute.

The RI Community Food Bank - 401-826-3073 - Donate Online
Feinstein End Hunger Fund

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center
20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd., Newport
401-846-4828
New Visions / Emergency Pantry
19 Broadway, Newport
401-847-7821
Newport Resident's Council
One Park Holm, Newport
401-849-7321
Salvation Army Newport
51 Memorial Blvd., Newport
401-846-3234
Community Baptist Church
40 & 50 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd., Newport
401-847-1707
St. Joseph Soup Kitchen
Broadway & Mann, Newport
401-849-3158

ECHO (Ecumenical Help and Outreach) is an all volunteer agency that gives rides to elderly and infirm patients so they can make their medical appointments. Helpers are needed to answer the phone, set up rides and work with volunteer drivers. Hours are Monday to Friday from 9am to 1pm, training is provided. Volunteers can work on a weekly, monthly or substitute basis. For more information call Mary Lou Proffett at 253-6353 or Mary Clair at 253-3351.

Special Olympics has a program called "Recycle for Gold"
   
They will collect old cars in ANY condition and recycle them. The money raised goes to pay for training and to provide athletic competition to Special Olympic athletes across the state. For info on how to have your old car taken away call 800-590-1600 (you may even qualify for a tax break!)

* Donate Blood: RI Blood Center - Call 1-800-283-8385 to schedule an appointment. The local RI Blood Donor Center is at 700 Aquidneck Ave., Polo Center, Middletown, for information call 848-7422.

Help Nationally:

*Donate Money:

Online:
American Red Cross
Salvation Army
Families of Freedom Fund  has been created to provide education assistance for postsecondary study to financially needy children and spouses of those killed or permanently disabled as a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States.

By Phone to the Red Cross:
English speaking - 1-800-HELP-NOW , (1-800-435-7669)
Spanish Speaking - 1-800-257-7575

By Mail:
American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund
P.O. Box 37243
Washington, D.C. 20013

Help Veterans and Active Military Personnel:

11/9/2007 - ABC News Report on the Veterans Charities and their "grade" from the American Institute of Philanthropy.
View the report from ABC and also see which veterans' charities received the lowest and highest grades from the American Institute of Philanthropy.

Operation Uplink - keeps military personnel and hospitalized veterans in touch with their families and loved ones by providing them with free phone cards.
Operation Dear Abby - Send a special message/greeting via email to our men and women in the military defending American freedom worldwide.

American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services

Send a virtual Thank You card at Defend America

 

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