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Mentor Rhode Island BREAKING NEWS:

UPDATE: 8/6/2018

We’ve just learned that the City of Warwick has proposed giving additional funding to the school committee.

We are grateful to Mayor Solomon and the City for making this proposal, specifically mentioning restoration of the Mentor Program & for their understanding of the valuable role mentors play for the youth of Warwick.

However, we are VERY concerned that the proposal may not be enough for the School Committee to fully restore the Warwick Mentor Program!!!

If you were planning to attend the upcoming school committee and city council meetings in support of the program, please keep them on your schedule.

We still need your voice!

There is still work to do to ensure full restoration of the Warwick Mentor Program.

Those meeting dates and times are:

Warwick School Committee Meeting. Tuesday, August 14, at 6:00 pm in the auditorium at Warwick Veterans Middle School, 2401 West Shore Road.

Warwick City Council Meeting. Wednesday, August 15, at 7:00 pm at Warwick City Hall Council Chambers. 3275 Post Road.

We will give you further updates as we get them.



Dear Friends, Mentors, and Supporters,

All of us at MENTOR Rhode Island are sad, devastated, heartbroken AND ANGRY.

We were blindsided by the news that, on Tuesday night at the School Committee Meeting, our entire funding for the Warwick Mentor Program was cut from the budget. As you know, mentoring is not a “nice to have” program. It is a “need to have” program which gives support to the young people we serve. Currently there are 160 mentor/mentee pairs ranging from 2nd grade through high school.

How do we tell these children that their mentors, people they have relied on week after week, year after year in some cases, are unable to continue? I am outraged. I hope you are, too.

Will you please help us to advocate for the reinstatement of these funds?

Our program has been in existence and funded by the school department since 1990; it is the foundation of our organization. Thirty years of history and amazing results for Warwick kids…. I cannot find the words to express the disappointment and devastation we are feeling.

Please 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,


If you are a mentor, please share YOUR story with these officials! You are so important in the life of your mentee and to the success of the Warwick Mentor Program.

We have an emergency meeting of our Board of Directors on Monday, July 30th. We will formulate our next steps and contingency planning at that time. I will update you as soon as we have some answers.

How do we tell 160 vulnerable kids that they aren’t a priority? We need your help!

Please reach out TODAY. It matters for our kids.

With gratitude for all you do,

and the entire MENTOR Rhode Island team

P.S. If you have any thoughts on other ways you may be able to help, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Mentor Rhode Island News Clips

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 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

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