Bank of America honors Foster Forward with their $200,000 Neighborhood Builders® Award!


Foster Forward staff and community volunteers assisted hundreds of foster parents in selecting donated winter coats, knit caps, mittens, flannel pajamas and toys for their children placed in their care.  Today marks the 18th consecutive year that Foster Forward has hosted this one-day holiday event on behalf of DCYF’s Holiday Gifts Campaign. This year’s distribution is  taking place in the former Shaw's Plaza at 50 Ann Mary St., in Pawtucket, in space generously donated by Ocean State Job Lot. In an article published online this afternoon, The Providence Journal called the Distribution Center “a makeshift store [that looks] like an attractive shopping destination.  In the back, 6,000 toys and games, donated by Hasbro, wait to go home with appreciative families.” The Providence Journal also donated hats and mittens to the Campaign with money raised through the Children's Holiday Hope Fund.  Hundreds of pajamas were collected at a “Pajama Party” hosted by Foster Forward.  Coats were donated by various schools and community groups including the students at Cranston West High School who coordinated a coat drive and a fashion show to fundraise to purchase gift cards for the teens in foster care.

Shortly after 9 a.m., Dean Andrews from Bank of America announced that Foster Forward has been named the bank’s 2013 Neighborhood Builders recipient.  The Neighborhood Builders honor includes $200,000 grant of unrestricted funding to Foster Forward over a two year period, leadership development opportunities for key leaders within the organization and targeted volunteer support from Bank of America employees.  Over a dozen Bank of America volunteers were on hand today to assist with the toy distribution and they were joined Bill Hatfield, Dean Andrews, and Kimberly Tinsworth in announcing the Neighborhood Builders Award and presenting Foster Forward with a check.

Bank of America's Neighborhood Builders® program helps address local challenges in community development, workforce development and education, and other critical needs. The program, an invitation only process for nonprofits addressing these three areas, provides high-performing nonprofits with $200,000 in unrestricted grant funding and leadership development for their executive directors and emerging leaders. We developed the program in response to the need for strong leaders to face the challenges of local communities.

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Would you like to help with our gifts distribution next year?

Contact Beamer Aston at to join the planning committee for next year, collect pajamas, coats and other winter wear on our behalf or get involved in any other way. 

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