October 13, 2020
Your monthly news & updates
In this edition:
  • Hunger and Hope virtual fundraiser kicks off EBCAP's Annual Appeal for its food pantries
  • East Providence native Stephen O'Grady completes tribute to his late mother, Janet O'Grady, while raising funds for EBCAP programs
  • EBCAP to be recognized during East Bay Chamber of Commerce's Sail to Success virtual event
  • Adopt A Family program at EBCAP needs sponsors to "adopt" families for the holidays
  • EBCAP food pantries helping families with food plus personal care items through AmazonSmile Charity list
  • Shopping on Amazon? Please designate EBCAP for a charitable contribution through AmazonSmile
  • Special thanks to our 2020 "Count Us In" Sponsors
Hunger and Hope Kicks off EBCAP's 2020 Annual Fund for Food Pantries
On November 12th East Bay Community Action Program will hold Hunger and Hope, a virtual cooking class fundraiser, streamed live from the kitchens of Hope and Main in Warren, RI. This event will kick off our Annual Fund campaign to provide critical support for our food pantries.

We’re anticipating an increased need for emergency food this winter, while, at the same time, we are facing a reduction in support. So the need is great.  Please join us and event sponsors Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island and BankNewport for this fun and interactive event. There will be chances to win "Culinary Finds and More" door prizes, and "Chef's Table" ticket holders will also be entered in a VIP door prize drawing valued at more than $200. Tickets are available now through November 12 on Eventbrite. Unable to join us? Please consider making a donation on Eventbrite to support EBCAP's food pantries. Thank you.

A Son's Tribute
East Providence native runs city's streets raising funds in memory of late mother

Story by Catherine Norton, Development Associate

Stephen O’Grady called his journey, “RunTownieRun.” It was a journey that not only involved raising money for East Bay Community Action Program’s Foster Grandparent Program, but it was also a loving tribute to his mother, Janet O'Grady, who had served as one of EBCAP's Foster Grandparents at Head Start. “I wanted to do something in memory of my mother who passed away in April. I decided to raise money in her memory and run every one of the 809 streets in East Providence,” he relates. This past weekend he completed a series (which he began in April) of 60 runs.

More than $1,000 has been raised to date which will be used to purchase and install “Little Friends of the Library” book-sharing boxes at EBCAP’s Head Start Program locations. These boxes are designed for children to take a book or leave a book, and they will be maintained by EBCAP’s Foster Grandparents. Anyone interested in donating to Stephen O’Grady’s “RunTownieRun” fundraiser may mail a check to EBCAP, Attn: Finance Department, 19 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840. Please include “FGP - Townie Run” in the check memo.

For more information on EBCAP’s Foster Grandparent Program (FGP), go to https://www.ebcap.org/programs/east-bay-foster-grandparent-program/

East Bay Chamber to Recognize EBCAP at "Sail to Success"
East Bay Community Action Program is honored to be among the top 10 businesses being recognized by the East Bay Chamber of Commerce this Thursday at its virtual “Sail to Success” event. Businesses were chosen based on “a unique vision, best business practices, and outstanding contributions to the community and organizations.” A post on the Chamber’s website states that it recognizes that “COVID-19 has affected businesses across the East Bay in a variety of ways, resulting in new innovations and adjustments to business models, as businesses and entrepreneurs find new ways to make a difference, and we want to celebrate 10 of these businesses!”

Other businesses being recognized include: BankNewport, Bookkeeping Towne, Bristol Total Fitness, Grace Barker Health, Highlander Charter School, Michelle Hughes CPA, OPT Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, Tap Printing, and The Perfect Sweet Shoppe.
Head Start Awareness Month
EBCAP's Head Start Program is celebrating National Head Start Awareness Month - a tradition started October 22, 1982 by then U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

Posts on EBCAP's social media accounts this month highlight program achievements and celebration activities for this key program that, for more than 50 years, has been helping children be ready to learn when they start kindergarten. Three cheers for Head Start!!!!
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. EBCAP's Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) program provides assistance, support and advocacy for people who are recent survivors or have a history of one or several incidents. To download a flyer with contact information for our program please click here.
EBCAP's Adopt A Family Program Seeks Contributors
The Adopt-A-Family holiday gift program is our community tradition of providing gifts for struggling neighbors. EBCAP's Office of Volunteer Services, in collaboration with EBCAP's Family Development and Behavioral Health Components, identifies families in need of support, and matches those families with businesses and people who'd like to help as sponsors. We provide a detailed wish list of gift options from which to choose and sponsors do the shopping. EBCAP coordinates a drop off date for sponsors, then the families pick up their gifts. For more information, including how to sponsor a family in need or make a donation, please click here.
EBCAP would like to thank Leading Corporate Sponsor Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, Gold Sponsor BankNewport, Gold Sponsor Starkweather and Shepley Insurance Brokerage, Inc., Silver Sponsor The Law Office of William J. Conley Jr., Silver Sponsors Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Becker, Silver Sponsor Eastern Bank, Patron Sponsor Tufts Health Plan, and Friend Sponsor Bank of America. When EBCAP needed to cancel its annual fundraising events, these businesses and individuals responded with a resounding “Count Us In,” and converted their event sponsorship contributions into support for EBCAP’s work during the Coronavirus pandemic. We’re grateful for your generous contribution and for being “unEVENT-Fully ours” in 2020. Thank you!