Robert and Beverly Mello and Marino Charitable Fund

“It makes us feel good that we’re able to give back to the community and that the Foundation provides that ‘better way’ to do it." - Bob Mello

Mello Marino Charitable Fund
Left to right: Stephanie and Peter Marino, Bev and Bob Mello

“Shortly after Bob and Bev (Carnevale) Mello married, he opened a bank account – unbeknownst to his wife – that he made deposits to through the years, occasionally making contributions to nonprofit organizations. On their 50th anniversary, Bob shared the news of the account with Bev. “I wanted this to be part of the celebration,” Bob explains of the account the couple used to establish this donor advised fund.

We’ve always given through the years. I was writing out 10 to 20 checks each year, and we thought there must be a better way to do this,” Bob shares.

It was through their good friend, the late Doctor Domenic Vavala, who established a fund at the Foundation in 2006, that the Mellos became familiar with the Foundation. “He and I became good friends through the bank,” Bob notes, referring to his 46-year career that began with what at the time was Rhode Island Hospital Trust. Bob worked his way up from teller to vice president and area manager and retired in 2012 from what then was Sovereign/Santander.

To prepare for and later advance his career, Bob earned a degree in business administration, with a minor in finance, at Roger Williams University and attended both the Commercial Lending School at the University of Oklahoma and the New England School of Banking at Williams College. He also served four years in the Rhode Island National Guard.

Bev worked at the Rhode Island Credit Bureau, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and in the office of a North Providence jewelry company. She and Bob both are active in the community including at St. Robert Bellamine Parish in Johnston where she volunteers with the Parish Food Shelf and he is a Eucharistic Minister at a nursing home.

The Mellos have one daughter, Stephanie Marino. She and her husband Peter both are elementary school teachers, Stephanie in Providence and Peter in Smithfield. They are successor advisors to the fund.

“It makes us feel good that we’re able to give back to the community and that the Foundation provides that ‘better way’ to do it,” Bob concludes.