Gallery of hope & thanks

Below is a selection of thank you notes from COVID-19 Response Fund grantees and donors, social media posts, and photographs of community response. We are inspired by the outpouring of support and assistance. Click on the thumbnail of any letter to see the full message.

Volunteers at Higher Ground International

Donor Note

Please accept this donation to the Rhode Island COVID-19 Response Fund from my new social enterprise, Names19RI. I'm 12 years old.

Jonah Bramson

Our hope is that this funding...will help many local nonprofits provide food, housing, and health care to Rhode Islanders affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Charles and Millicent Brown Family Fund

Grantee Message

This grant will provide invaluable support to our work of combating substance use disorders...by helping us keep our patients safe and ensuring the health of our heroic staff.

Phoenix House New England

Donor Note

Please apply this donation to those affected by the coronavirus or those who are homeless.

Madeline Perreault
A volunteer prepares to deliver food.

I am FLOORED. Thank you so very much for recognizing our work! Our team has been working tirelessly on the front lines – and demand for services (and housing) has been at an all time high.

Laura Jaworski, executive director, House of Hope

Donor Note

This has been a time of change and fear and coming together.

Nordson Corporation Foundation
Testing for COVID-19

In honor of All the medical personnel on the front line...we will be forever grateful.

Stacey Tramonti

Grantee Message

We have seen a big increase lately in the number of people who need our help...We could not do what we do without the extraordinary generosity of a caring community.

Jonnycake Center of Westerly

This award will allow us to look beyond housing and pair our role as a landlord with the ability to lend a helping hand during a very stressful and dangerous time in history.

Melissa Sanzaro, executive director, Providence Housing Authority

Family shopping during pandemic

Donor Note

The least I can do stuck at home is support your noble efforts. Put my money to good use.

Christine Cavallo

Rapid, massive impact. Amazing.

Frohman Anderson, Collis Foundation

Grantee Message

Thank you for caring! In this time of social distancing, a sense of community is more important than ever.

St. Elizabeth Community

Grantee Message

While we are all inspired by the work (and some days exhausted), we are also grateful and recognize much of this good work would not be possible without your support.

Family Service of Rhode Island

Your contribution to the Coalition ensures that RI shelters are safe and clean, that individuals and families are well-fed, and renters have a place to call home without fear of eviction.

Caitlin Frumerie, LCSW, executive director, RI Coalition for the Homeless

Planting gardens

Grantee Message

In these surreal times, we are all acutely aware of the extraordinary importance of ordinary moments. Meaningful work. A comforting hug. A laugh between friends. The social fabric of our lives.

James L. Maher Center

Donor Note

I am happy to be able to support the Foundation's efforts at this challenging time.

Pam Reo

The DaVinci Center is committed to serving the public during these times and your generous grant will increase our capacity and capabilities to meet the challenge.

John DeLuca, executive director, and Robert D'Uva, president, DaVinci Center

Grantee Message

Crossroads is often the last source of hope to our state's most vulnerable residents...Thank you for your generous donation.

Masked group

Grantee Message

The Connect for Health program continues to provide vital assistance in serving our community's low-income children and adults during the ongoing COVID-19 emergency...Thank you!

The Miriam Hospital

Enclosed is my check to help the COVID-19 Response Fund to assist those most severely impacted by the disease. My best wishes for speedy relief.

Wayne K. Durfee