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 …
The Johnston-based global insurance company helped collect 13,000 books through the drive, organized by the United Way of Rhode Island.
Johnston-based FM Global joined more than a dozen corporate contributors to this year's "Books Are Wings" collection drive by the United Way of Rhode Island. With the global insurer's help, UWRI collected more than 13,000 books over the summer as part of its effort to deliver books to low-income students. “The response to our book drive speaks volumes about the community’s commitment to helping Rhode Island children succeed in school and in life,” Gertrude F. Jones, chair of United Way of Rhode Island’s Women’s Leadership Council, said in a statement. “It’s unacceptable that two-thirds of low-income families in our country do not have books in their homes. The success of this book drive will help thousands of children today and into the …