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People's Credit Union recently donated over $300 to the East Bay Food Pantry. The funds were raised through People's Credit Union employee donations as a result of a monthly dress down day, called, Casual for a Cause.
At the East Bay Food Pantry, their mission is to "engage, educate, and empower the East Bay in creating a hunger-free community." Food is available to anyone in need in the East Bay. Their "client choice" food programs are all grounded in their Access Nutrition Initiative, providing healthy food choices and nutrition education to address inequalities of access to healthy foods. They strive to provide a consistent inventory of whole grain foods, fruits and vegetables, and high-quality protein and dairy items.
"Food insecurity among Rhode Island families is a real and urgent social issue; one that the East Bay Food Pantry addresses with compassion, expertise, and innovation, and we are proud to present them with this donation," said Marissa Faraone Head Teller at People's Bristol branch.
Grace Barker Health, a skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation, assisted living and adult day health provider located in Warren, took first prize at the 2017 Lip Sync Battle held recently at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston, R.I.
This event is held annually to raise money for a newly created fund called “TLC 4 LTC.” Established through the Rhode Island Foundation, the fund is for long-term care residents and/or staff throuhgout the state who have special wishes and needs.
The Lip Sync Battle event was organized by Pam Bibeault Marchetti, president of elder care consulting company Triad Health Care LLC (Providence), who had a personal battle with breast cancer, prompting her desire to give back to the community she dearly loves. Inspiring hope, health and healing is her legacy as well as the mission of her event committee.
Led by Grace Barker Administrators Mark and Mary Beth Lescault, the winning Grace Barker Health performance group donned Havana-style costumes and lip synched to Barry Manilow’s 1978 disco hit, “Copacabana.” A special command performance was held post-event at The Cove at Grace Barker, much to the delight of the residents.
Members of the winning “Copacabana” team at Grace Barker Health were, as follows: Mark Lescault, Mary Beth Lescault, Deb Whitmore, Cheryl Brickach, Liz Costa, Jose Melo, Clem Rocha, Ethan Lescault, Jayne Jamiel. 2nd row left to right, Joan Alfano, Aline Melo, Karen Borges, Paula Lage, Kelly Borges, Maria Hiotelis.
Greening the Sphere is an environmental education program that runs from November to May. This program offers opportunities for kids to learn environmental problem solving, listen to special guest speakers, go on field trips, and create repurposed art.
Greening the Sphere began as a grassroots movement to engage the community and educate kids on environmental issues. Shari Bitsis, founder, says the idea arose from a collective consciousness during a group meditation class that she led. This class included visual healing work directed towards the Earth. The six core members of that class became the founding members of Greening the Sphere.
Today the program has a full curriculum, open to middle school children in the East Bay. Shari describes the classes as using methods that utilize many genres, and experiential techniques that inspire whole brain creative thinking. In the first half of the program, children use strategic questioning to explore their relationship to the planet and investigate ways to improve that relationship. This is facilitated using fun activities that incorporate art and nature into class activities. During the second half of the program, children are asked to design an educational experience for the community. This experience will be on display at the annual Greening the Sphere Festival. Children are also activity involved in planning many aspects of the festival as well taking part in running it. Last year's festival included children's activities created from repurposed materials such as soda bottle bowling.
While the program is only open to middle school age students, high school and college students can participate as mentors and leaders. For more information about this program please contact Shari Bitsis at 401-465-4249.