BlueAngel Grant Recipients

We’re proud to support the following nonprofit organizations with a 2018 BlueAngel Community Health Grant. Find out how to apply for a grant.

Children’s Friend

Children’s Friend

Children’s Friend provides services to vulnerable children and families to improve the well-being and health of Rhode Island’s youth. With BlueAngel Community Health Grant funding, Children’s Friend will integrate healthy eating education into their Head Start curriculum at 12 sites through on-site gardens, cooking classes and monthly nutrition classes to improve the health of over 1,500 children.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) invests in local neighborhoods through programs that expand affordable housing, increase access to education, and support child care initiatives. LISC Rhode Island piloted its Outdoor Play Intervention project through their Rhode Island Child Care Facilities Fund (RICCFF) in 2017. This grant will allow LISC to physically transform a minimum of six play spaces through low-cost, sustainable interventions that will increase safety and movement in the play space.

YMCA of Pawtucket

YMCA of Pawtucket

The YMCA of Pawtucket’s provides a myriad of services to local children and families, including affordable childcare, aquatics, physical fitness, summer camps, senior programming, ‘child watch’ (sporadic childcare while adults utilize fitness center), various children’s and teen clubs, sports and recreation programs. BlueAngel Community Health Grant funding will be used to enhance the current meal program at the Pawtucket Family YMCA and increase their capacity to serve 250 children nutritious breakfasts, snacks and dinners each weekday, as well as expand their student intern program.

YWCA Rhode Island

YWCA Rhode Island

YWCA Rhode Island, founded 150 years ago, is a social justice organization and movement providing direct service to, collaborating with, and advocating on behalf of the most structurally disenfranchised people in our society including low-wage workers, the unemployed, women and girls, people of color With BlueAngel Community Health Grant funding, YMCA will implement RunJumpThrow (RJT), a 6-week summer physical literacy program for a minimum of 30 girls of color ages 7-12 year based on learning and mastering the three core skills running, jumping and throwing, complemented by healthy living sessions.

Girls on the Run Rhode Island

Girls on the Run Rhode Island

Girls on the Run RI (GOTRRI) is a running-based youth development program for girls grades 3-8.Girls train for 10 weeks leading up to a 5K as they learn about what it means to be healthy physically, mentally and emotionally. With this funding, GOTRRI seeks to expand their programming to more Title I “scholarship” sites in lower-income neighborhoods.

NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley

NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley

NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley (NWBRV) provides before-school, after-school, and full day summer programming for 150 K-12 grade youth annually. These students come primarily from the families residing in their affordable housing units; however, the program is open to the community at large. Through the support of a BlueAngel Community Health Grant, NWBRV will be able to expand current offerings to include “On the Move,” 30-60 minutes of daily physical activity to the curriculum through designated fitness times and classes as well as through the integration of active educational methods into the current classroom structure.

Progreso Latino

Progreso Latino

Progreso Latino’s “Health in Sports” project is an afterschool sports program dedicated to making healthy exercise and diet central to the lives of children grades 1-4 and their families in Central Falls. The program will facilitate two popular elementary school sports at 2 CF elementary schools. The program will incorporate an exercise, diet, and nutrition component and will involve two workshops with parents per season. The nutrition and diet components will be guided and evaluated by University of Rhode Island’s SNAP Ed program and URI’s Dept. of Nutrition and Food Sciences.

Rhode Island Public Health Institute

Rhode Island Public Health Institute

RIPHI’s ‘Food on the Move’ mobile food market addresses the lack of access to affordable, healthful food in underserved neighborhoods throughout the state as well as the growing demand for local food and the need to create a sustainable local food system. The mobile market brings fresh fruits and vegetables to ‘food desert’ and ‘food swamp’ neighborhoods, where residents have limited access to affordable, healthful food and easy access to unhealthful, inexpensive food. This grant will allow Food on the Move to better reach children and families by expanding markets to schools and family housing sites, and by holding evening markets to reach working parents.

Woonsocket Head Start

Woonsocket Head Start

The purpose of this research program is to examine the problem of disparity between parental perception of children’s weight and the child’s true weight condition. Parental Perception in Childhood Obesity attempts to examine this problem by first quantifying the amount of parents that demonstrate this specific phenomenon. Focus groups with parents will be conducted to discuss these perceptions and bring awareness to what actually is healthy body weight and what feeds our perception that may be different from fact. In the last phase, Woonsocket Head Start will develop the strategies for parent perception correction. In the future, continuation of this research could follow through and measure the impact of these newly defined interventions on change in nutrition patterns. They will begin parent focus groups in April 2017 that will shape intervention strategies for the 2017-2018 school year.

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