The Chartercare Foundation’s COVID19 Response Fund has acted quickly to address needs of nonprofits in RI.  To date, the Foundation has awarded nearly $100,000 to the following agencies:


  • Meals on Wheels to address increasing food insecurities among elderly and shut-ins;
  • Thundermist Health for a call center and outdoor triage unit serving 52,000 patients in 3 locations;
  • Meeting Street School for stabilization for vulnerable families in the early intervention program through tele-health initiatives;
  • RI Free Clinic for triage response for uninsured adults thru teleservice infrastructure;
  • Comprehensive Community Action for a telehealth initiative at 4 sites
  • Women’s Resource Center of Newport for remote clinical mental health support for victims of domestic violence.

In addition, the Foundation has partnered with Family Service of RI in broadening the scope of distribution of Be Safe Kits to disadvantaged families throughout Rhode Island.  

The Foundation will continue to monitor community needs and may open a second round of funding. For details on this and other grant opportunities, please visit


The Chartercare Foundation is pleased to announce its most recent grants to the following organizations:


Domestic Violence & Abuse Prevention grant to Sojourner House – $40,000 for expansion of services to victims of domestic violence

Eldercare Wellness, Safety & Abuse Prevention grant to Capital Community Centers’ Lillian Feinstein Senior Center – $34,213 for diagnosis and treatment of depression and mental health issues experience by elder residents

Behavioral & Mental Health Grant to

  • Children’s Friend & Service – $10,560 for program services supporting permanency for child placements
  • Bradley Hospital – $17,133 for establishment of a healing arts program for ages 9-21 at the CADD residences on site
  • Adoption Rhode Island – $25,000 capacity building grant to assist waitlisted children in need


Emerging Health Care Needs Grant to  the RI Oral Health Foundation – $15, 000 to support Mission of Mercy  annual Free Dental Clinic

Nursing & Continuing Medical Education Scholarships – $30,000* (for a list of awardees, please visit the Scholarship page).

To date, the Foundation has awarded close to  $1million in scholarships and grants to nonprofit RI organizations focusing on healthy living and health care issues.  The Foundation is a separate 501©3 community foundation and is not affiliated with CharterCARE Health Partners or its subsidiaries.


Susan Stevenson (center), Executive Director and Jasmine Roca, Senior Center Manager (right)
accept the Eldercare Safety & Wellness Grant from Don McQueen, President of the Chartercare Foundation.


Vanessa Voltz, Executive Director and Mills Taylor, LGBQT  Advocate – Sojourner House
accept a grant from Paula Iacono,  Executive Director, Chartercare Foundation (not pictured)





WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care is pleased to announce it has received a grant in the amount of $13,683.13 from the CharterCARE Foundation. The grant was awarded in conjunction with WellOne’s Pediatric Dental Program and will support the purchase of new equipment for one of WellOne’s dental treatment rooms in its Pascoag facility. The equipment includes patient, dentist and assistant chairs, overhead track light, and the delivery/suction/vacuum system used in the provision of dental care.


“We are extremely grateful to the CharterCARE Foundation for their responsiveness to our request,” stated Peter J. Bancroft, president, and CEO of WellOne. “Keeping up-to-date with the rapid changes in dental technology is critical to elevating our patients’ experience and to providing our dental practitioners an environment that is conducive to achieving excellent outcomes.”


The CharterCARE Foundation awards grants through a competitive application and review process. Paula Iacono, Executive Director, stated: “We are pleased to partner with WellOne in serving the northern RI community; we continue to be impressed with the quality and scope of care, as well as the dedication of the WellOne staff.”


WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care is a 501 (c)(3), non-profit, Federally Qualified Health Center that provides primary medical, dental and behavioral health services to more than 16,000 Rhode Islanders each year in the towns of Burrillville, Foster, North Scituate and North Kingstown.



CharterCARE Foundation, in collaboration with the Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI), is announcing the successful completion of a lifesaving initiative for people suffering from opioid use disorder. 


CharterCARE Foundation funded RIQI’s work to integrate Care Management Dashboards (CMDs) into five RI Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs), linking them electronically with all major acute care hospitals in Rhode Island.  The Dashboards provide immediate notification to the OTPs about their patients’ emergency department (ED) and hospital admissions and discharges in near real time. The OTPs now have the information they need to proactively engage in coordination of care and prevent their patients from “falling through the cracks” when the right hand of the delivery system doesn’t know what the left hand is doing.


CODAC Behavioral Healthcare’s Jessica Keefe, Nurse Practitioner, and Christine Atkin, Health Team Coordinator state, “For us, the use of Care Management Dashboard is truly lifesaving. That is without question. If we understand that a patient overdosed at the hospital last night and was subsequently discharged, we can then change our treatment as needed to keep this individual safe.”


The opioid crisis has reached epidemic proportions nationally, and the crisis in RI is following suit.  According to, in 2017 in Rhode Island, the number of ED visits per month that were attributed to overdose ranged from 106 in March up to 171 in October.  Overall, in 2017, there were a total of 233 deaths recorded as due to an accidental drug overdose.


“With Care Management Alerts and Dashboards, we are able to inform the treatment center of the patient’s arrival within minutes (previously days or weeks) and intervene in their treatment protocols, with lifesaving results,” said Keefe and Atkin.


The OTP Care Management Alerts and Dashboard implementation project was made possible with a $50,000 grant from the North Providence-based CharterCARE Foundation.  “While the number of individuals affected by the opioid crisis in RI is on the rise, we are encouraged by the impressive work of the Rhode Island Quality Institute, RI Department of Health and area hospitals in addressing this critical issue; and we are committed to assisting in working together with these entities to help eradicate this problem,” said Paula Iacono, Executive Director of the Foundation.


Elaine Fontaine, Senior Director, Digital Products, Data & IT at RIQI remarked, “We are grateful to the CharterCARE Foundation for supporting our work of getting timely, actionable, and much-needed information into the hands of those caring for people with opioid use disorder.  By keeping all members of the care team informed about a patient’s status, we form a community of care around the patient, promoting the best outcomes for patients while simultaneously making the job of providers more satisfying.”



35th Annual Children’s Christmas Party

Sponsored by the CharterCARE Foundation, this annual event was held at St. Joseph Center for Health & Human Services on Friday, December 8. Santa and Mrs. Claus were on hand to distribute nearly 400 age-appropriate gifts and books to the clinic children.  Santa’s elves provided entertainment and distributed snacks.


Special thanks to the following, whose donations helped make this event possible: Minis Making a Difference, To the Pointe of Performing Arts Dance Studios, Fatima Hospital Medical Staff, Fatima UNAP nurses, Cynthia Warren, Esq.,  Steve & Maria Montaquila, Bobby Noonan, Joseph Samartano, DDS; Gilligan’s, Ken’s Heating, and Eileen Naughton.




The Foundation thanks Paolino Properties for providing the facility and employees Courtney Fuller, Elisa Santana, June Tourangeau, Yvette Sena, Brian Darling, and all the volunteers who spent hours picking up,wrapping and decorating.  It was a wonderful event!

2nd Annual Grantees’ Reception Held 

On September 21st, 2017, grant and scholarship recipients gathered for the second annual CharterCARE Foundation grantees’ reception in downtown Providence.  Agencies receiving grants from the Foundation this past year were present to talk about the progress of their programs, including Thundermist Health Center, WellOne Primary Care, RI Quality Institute, St. Clare Home, and St. Mary’s Home for Children. In addition, several nursing scholarship recipients attended, as well as Melissa Thomas, who thanked the Foundation on behalf of her son Peter, a URI nursing student.


“The inaugural event in 2016 was so well-received that we decided to make it an annual celebration of the good work being done in the community,” said Paula Iacono, Executive Director.  Also present were members of the CharterCARE Board of Directors and representatives from the RI Foundation. A welcome – if unanticipated – benefit was the interaction between agencies and the discovery of collaboration opportunities.  “Definitely a win-win,” remarked Susan DeRita, development director at St. Mary’s.



Photo: Don McQueen, President of the CharterCARE Foundation and Elizabeth Lynch, Director of Behavioral Health at Thundermist Health Center



Past News Releases

Smith Hill Early Learning Center Playground Dedication

The sun even showed up for  the dedication of the new playground at the Capital Community Center’s Smith Hill Early Learning Center in Providence.  Funded largely by the CharterCARE Foundation as part of the “Eat Well/Play Well” grant to fight childhood obesity, the new play area features  a climbing wall, water trough, painting station, balance beam, slides and much more. In addition, there are container gardens where children plant and care for flowers and healthy vegetables, all part of the Eat Well education initiatives.  Executive Director Paula Iacono officially cut the ribbon on June 8 as swarms of children shrieked with delight.  After presenting flowers and thank you cards from each of the classroom groups, the children were eager to show off their new activities.

CharterCARE  Foundation partners with Thundermist Health Center

Thundermist Health Center in Woonsocket is launching a pediatric mental health pilot program, thanks to the CharterCARE Foundation’s Behavioral Health Grant for Children & Families. Funds will provide psychiatric counseling, certified nursing assistance, and electronic medical record documentation for over 300 children ages 3-18.  This underserved population in one of the poorest RI thundermist health center logocommunities is experiencing an alarming increase in the need for children’s mental health services, due to  adult and child drug use, teen pregnancy, domestic violence, unemployment, and challenging family dynamics. This grant will help eliminate the 6-8 month waiting period for mental health services offered at out of area facilities, by providing these services in an environment already familiar to and accessible by the patients in most need.

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CharterCARE Foundation recently awarded a Pediatric Oral Health grant to WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care in Scituate to purchase a panoramic xray and desktop computer, serving low income pediatric patients in Northern Rhode Island.  Area residents largely rely on well water, which is not fluoridated.  Last year WellOne served  over 1400 patients under the age of 18, with the need consistently rising.  This critical diagnostic tool will help to alleviate expensive, untreated oral health issues in these patients.

“Walking” School Bus

Launched in January by Family Service of Rhode Island’s Walk to Wellness, the Walking School Bus (WSB) intiative connects 22 families at two of the four WSB elementary schools in Providence with healthy food and daily family exercise. Made possible through a generous “Eat Well, Play Well” grant from the CharterCARE Foundation, Walk to Wellness deepens the impact the WSB has on these two school communities by enhancing its current work of walking students to school every day, on time.walk to wellness photoFor the 2017 pilot year, the Walk to Wellness program is serving the Mary E. Fogarty and Alan Shawn Feinstein Elementary schools in the Lower South Providence and Washington Park neighborhoods.  Both schools have families in need of comprehensive food programs, including many immigrants and refugees.  Walk to Wellness addresses their needs by connecting them with local fresh fruits and vegetables from Farm Fresh RI, preparation tips and recipes, sneakers for those who need them, and support in walking to school and building a deeper connection with the school community.  This partnership between Family Service of Rhode Island, the CharterCARE Foundation, and Farm Fresh RI makes Walk to Wellness possible by knitting a tighter bond between the people in South Providence and the larger RI area.



The Chartercare Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 community foundation and is not affiliated with Prospect CharterCARE LLC, CharterCARE Health Partners, or any of their affiliates.