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UPDATE: 12/1/2018

Unfortunately,the budget impasse continues in Warwick. The Warwick Mentor Program remains unfunded and there are no indications of a quick fix on the horizon.  Our fundraising campaign has raised just over $15,000 of the $102,000 that was cut.  Needless to say, it’s been a really difficult few months financially for us. We are so grateful to everyone who has contributed so far!

As you know, we chose to launch the program for our existing mentors and mentees on schedule… How could we tell 160 kids they aren’t a priority? We are, however, unable to provide the full compliment of services without funding. So far that has meant not adding any new mentors to Warwick (to date we’ve directed about a dozen volunteers interested in mentoring in Warwick to other programs in neighboring communities).

And now active mentoring pairs will start to feel the pinch of our budget constraints. Sadly, we are unable to organize Holiday Parties this year due to the enormous time it takes to coordinate them at every single Warwick elementary and middle school. Mentors and mentees are welcome to celebrate the holidays in their own special ways (a special treat, an exchange of small inexpensive gifts, etc.) during their individual mentoring sessions prior to the holiday break.

We appreciate your support and will continue to keep you up to date on the status of the budget issue in Warwick as well as opportunities to advocate for the restoration of funding to the Mayor, City Council and School Committee.

Please continue to reach out to our elected officials to express your thoughts:

School Committee members
Bethany Furtado, Chair –  401-737-2354,
Eugene Nadeau – 401-463-8742,
Karen Bachus – 401-732-3757, 
Terri Medeiros – 
David Testa – 401-626-1084, 

City Council members
Richard Corley – 401-481-5436, 
Jeremy Rix – 401-263-5559, 
Timothy Howe – 401-215-0632,
Edgar Ladouceur – 401-447-7181,
Donna M. Travis – 401-738-9774,
Stephen P. MacAllister – 401-287-1813, 
Joseph Gallucci – 401-487-6224,
Steve Merolla, Council President – 401-739-2900 x306,

Mayor Joe Solomon – 401-738-2004,


MENTOR Rhode Island News Clips

10-25-2018  School absences, test scores stand out in child data report  Warwick Beacon 

10-25-2018  Mayor rallies PTA support for $40M school bond  Warwick Beacon

9-18-2018  It was mesmerizing  Warwick Beacon

9-13-2018  Schools present audit to City Council on Monday  Warwick Beacon

9-06-2018  Local non-profit honors graduates of nonviolence program  WPRI 12

8-30-2018  Mentor RI appeals to supporters  Warwick Beacon

8-30-2018  Audit reports that schools need $4M from city  Warwick Beacon

8-22-2018 Summit aims to dissect chronic absenteeism in Providence schools  Providence Journal

8-21-2018  Council, schools poised for tense September meeting  Warwick Beacon

8-16-2018  Still no funds for mentors, 15 custodians  Warwick Beacon

8-15-2018  Warwick school mentors fight for program ousted from budget  ABC 6

8-14-2018 Warwick community comes together to try and save mentor program  WPRI 12

8-14-2018  Schools, city due to meet again in September  Warwick Beacon

8-09-2018  A community night out  Warwick Beacon

8-07-2018  City offers $1.75M more to schools, but large gap remains  Warwick Beacon

7-26-2018  Loss of mentor program sends shock waves  Warwick Beacon

7-19-2018 With no alternatives, schools balance budget on backs of salaries, programs  Warwick Beacon

7-19-2018 Warwick school board cuts mentoring program to save $102,000  Providence Journal

7-19-2018 Warwick School Committee Votes to Eliminate Mentor Program Go Local Prov

7-17-2018  A boost for mentoring  Warwick Beacon

7-14-2018 Dancing with the Stars raises $116K for Mentor RI  Cranston Herald

6-14-2018 Dancing with the Stars raises $116K for Mentor RI  Warwick Beacon 

5-31-2018 Avedisian to launch charitable foundation  Warwick Beacon

5-9-2018 This I Believe Rhode Island: Mentoring  Rhode Island Public Radio

5-3-2018 Service Above Self  Warwick Beacon

4-29-2018 Dance competition nets 115k for Mentor RI  WJAR NBC-10

4-19-2018 Dancing stars ready to eclipse records  Warwick Beacon

3-22-2018 Johnson & Wales students help in Mentor RI re-branding  Warwick Beacon

2-3-2018 Rhode Islanders take winter plunge East Greenwich Pendulum

1-30-2018 20 raise $6,000 with plunge Warwick Beacon

1-12-2018 Frozen Clam Dip and Obstaplunge raises $6K for Mentor Providence Business News

1-11-2018 New digs enable MENTOR RI to meet mission Warwick Beacon

1-5-2018 Tradition continues in EG, despite bitter cold East Greenwich Pendulum 

1-5-2018 Bitter temps put the freeze on local plunges Narragansett Times 

1-3-2018 Running, not diving, into 2018 Cranston Herald

1-3-2018 Running, not diving, into 2018 Warwick Beacon

1-1-2018 Mother Nature keeps most R.I. polar plunges out of the water Providence Journal

12-21-2017 Mentor happening at Barnes & Noble  Warwick Beacon

11-30-2017 Different approaches to #GivingTuesday make for fruitful day Warwick Beacon

09-19-2017 Even the publisher can be surprised by the Beacon Warwick Beacon

09-19-2017 Howell tribute raises $52K for MENTOR Rhode Island  Warwick Beacon

08-04-17 Planka Awarded for Mentor Work  PBN

07-20-17 Jay Heimgartner Forty Under 40 Profile  PBN

07-20-17 A majority for mentoring _ Warwick Beacon

07-16-17 Forty Under 40 Winners Chosen  PBN

07-11-17 Not a happy tune _ Warwick Beacon

05-11-17 Partnership changes name to MENTOR Rhode Island _ Warwick Beacon

05-11-17 MENTOR Rhode Island seeks scholarship applications _ Warwick Beacon

05-04-17 RhodyLife Dancing Front Page

05-04-17 RhodyLife Dancing Page 2

05-04-17 Shining Stars _ Warwick Beacon

04-06-17  Warwick Beacon: Stars ready to ‘cut a rug for mentoring’

01-05-17  Warwick Beacon: Obstacles were prelude to a nippy dip

MENTOR Rhode Island Press Releases

MENTOR RI Launches Warwick Mentor Program Despite Cuts

Warwick Cuts Mentoring!

MENTOR Rhode Island Cuts Ribbon on New HQ

Frozen Clam Obstaplunge Raises $6K for Mentoring

RIMP Becomes MENTOR Rhode Island

Dancing with the Stars of Mentoring Raises $91,000

MENTOR Rhode Island E-News

11-01-18 Updates! Updates! Updates!

10-01-18 UPDATE_ Agenda Change Means You’re Off the Hook for Tonight’s City Council Meeting!

09-27-18 Your Support is Key! We Need You MONDAY at the Warwick City Council Meeting!

09-25-18 Calling all WARWICK MENTORS!!! Join Us at TONIGHT’S School Committee Meeting!

09-17-18 URGENT UPDATE_ Agenda Change for TONIGHT’S Warwick City Council Meeting!

09-17-18 We Need You TONIGHT at the Warwick City Council Meeting!

09-12-18 A Primary Day Rallying Cry! Save the Date…Monday, Sept. 17th Warwick City Council Meeting

09-11-18 We Will Never Forget…

09-06-18 Rallying Cry! Save the Date…Monday, Sept. 17th Warwick City Council Meeting

08-30-18 Help Save the Warwick Mentor Program!

08-15-18 Join Us TONIGHT at the Warwick City Council Meeting!

08-14-18 Join Us TONIGHT at the Warwick School Committee Meeting!

08-06-18 UPDATE! Save the Warwick Mentor Program!

08-06-18 Save the Warwick Mentor Program!

07-19-18 Devastating loss of funding for Warwick Mentor Program

06-14-18 Introducing…Community Share!

05-22-18 Last Call to Join Us This Saturday for Mentoring Night at McCoy!!!

05-16-18 Scholarships Available for RI Mentees!

05-10-18 Introducing…Community Share!

05-08-18 Thanks to You. Dancing with the Stars 2018 is a Huge Success!!!

05-07-18 Join Us for Mentoring Night at McCoy!!!

04-17-18 Just ONE Day Left to Reserve Your Seat – Don’t Miss Out! Dancing 2018!

04-11-18 Meet the Dancers – Volume 4!!!

04-04-18 Meet the Dancers – Volume 3!!!

03-28-18 Meet the Dancers – Volume 2!!!

03-21-18 Meet the Dancers – Volume 1!!!

03-03-18 Are You Ready for Dancing with the Stars of Mentoring 2018

02-01-18 National Mentoring Month Highlights!!!

01-25-18 It’s #ThankYourMentor Day!!!

01-10-18 Celebrate National Mentoring Month!!!

01-10-18 You’re Invited..

01-03-18 We’re On The MOVE!!!

01-01-18 ALERT_ Plunge Postponed! Obstacle Course Still ON!!!

12-31-17 The Clam Must Go On! REGISTER TODAY!

12-29-17 The 2018 Frozen Clam Dip & Obstaplunge is Monday! REGISTER TODAY!

12-27-17 The 2018 Frozen Clam Dip & Obstaplunge is almost here! REGISTER TODAY!

12-24-17 Our wishes for you

12-20-17 Register Today for the 2018 Frozen Clam Dip & Obstaplunge!

12-18-17 Missed the MENTOR RI Bookfair Saturday_ There’s Still a Chance to Support Youth Mentoring!

12-16-17 Today Is the Day!!!

12-13-17 Shop at Barnes & Noble and Support MENTOR Rhode Island

12-11-17 Shop at Barnes & Noble and Support MENTOR Rhode Island

12-07-17 Register Today for the 2018 Frozen Clam Dip & Obstaplunge!

11-27-17 It’s Cyber Monday! Shop and Support MENTOR Rhode Island!

11-22-17 Thanksgiving Wishes

11-20-17 Support Childhood Literacy

11-16-17 Coming Attractions!!!

09-15-17 A Story for the Front Page! Howell Evening Tribute is a HUGE Success!

09-12-17 Eat! Drink! Celebrate John Howell!

09-11-17 We Will Never Forget.

09-07-17 Final Countdown..

08-31-17 Final Countdown..

08-24-17 Only 3 weeks until you can help celebrate John Howell! Get Your Tickets Now for the Howell Evening Tribute!!!

08-06-17 Less than 6 weeks until you can help celebrate John Howell! Get Your Tickets Now for the Howell Evening Tribute!!!

07-14-17 2 months from today, you can help celebrate John Howell! Get Your Tickets Now for the Howell Evening Tribute!!!

06-25-17 School’s Out For SUMMER!!!

06-18-17 John Howell Tribute Event!!! SAVE THE DATE!!!

05-10-17 Scholarships Available for RI Mentees!

05-07-17 We’ve Got a New Name_ Mentor Rhode Island!

05-01-17 The Results are In!!!

04-23-17 Meet the Dancers Episode Four!!!

04-18-17 Meet the Dancers Episode Three!!!

04-09-17 Meet the Dancers Episode Two!!!

04-02-17 Meet the Dancers Episode One!!!

03-16-17 Mentoring Night at McCoy!!!

03-09-17 Introducing Our 2017 Dancing with the Stars of Mentoring _Celebrity_ Dancers