Johnston residents are encouraged to stop by any one of BankRI’s locations to donate new and gently used books
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Olga Enger
Wednesday, March 6
Throughout the month of March, Bank Rhode Island will host a book drive in partnership with Books Are Wings. Johnston residents are encouraged to stop by any one of BankRI’s 18 branch locations to donate new and gently used books. The bank is hoping to exceed last year’s collection, which brought in more than 1,400 books. In Johnston, there is a branch at 1440 Hartford Ave. Books Are Wings is a local non-profit organization committed to literacy by putting free books in the hands of children in some of Rhode Island’s most-needed communities — working towards a day when all children have access to books in their homes through book drives, book parties and partnership events. Books Are Wings addresses literacy issues that can be carried …
Tri-Town Community Action and Tri-Town Head Start are this year's recipients of donations to the bank's holiday giving program.
Now in its 15th year, the BankRI 'Giving Tree' program began this week, with donations at the Johnston branch going to two local nonprofits agencies. This year, Tri-Town Community Action and Tri-Town Head Start are the designated recipients of the toys collected locally. “We know that many of our neighbors continue to face financial challenges," Mark J. Meiklejohn, President and CEO of BankRI, said in a statement, "so anything we can do to help ease this burden by providing gifts for their children will go a longway in making the holiday season brighter.” At each of the 17 BankRI locations in the state, trees have been decorated with ornaments naming the wish of a local child. Customers are asked to choose and ornament and return to …