2015 Amica Community Challenge
Help us Keep Families Warm
As the unpredictable nature of a New England winter sets in, Rhode Islanders across the state are making tough choices. People are spreading limited resources even further to provide for their families. That’s why Amica Insurance has once again pledged to help our neighbors with their most pressing, basic needs – heat, housing and food.
The Amica $75,000 Community Challenge will match donations, through the end of February, to United Way of Rhode Island, Crossroads Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. The United Way of Rhode Island donate link is above. If you would like to donate to all three organizations simultaneously, click below now.
“Last year’s Challenge well surpassed the goal of $150,000 and we’re hoping for more of that same generosity in 2015,” said Bob DiMuccio, president, chairman and CEO at Amica Insurance. “Your donations, big or small, will go a long way in helping these charities support the less fortunate among us.”
How it works
Donations to United Way through this challenge support last-resort heating assistance. These gifts make a difference in filling the gaps for those Rhode Islanders who don’t qualify for federal programs or other forms of assistance. Last year more than $50,000 was raised for heating assistance, which was distributed to more than 230 Rhode Islanders.
100% of all donations and matches support people at risk of losing heat in their home by going immediately to Community Action Programs (CAPs) throughout the state. CAP agencies walk clients through a needs assessment and create a plan to see them into the future. Bills are managed by the CAP agencies’ program staff, ensuring that all donations are used strategically to their fullest potential.
United Way of Rhode Island covers all of its administrative costs through a trust, so every dollar raised goes directly to someone in need. Consider making a gift today. The family you help could be one of your neighbors.
How big is the problem?
- Last winter, United Way 2-1-1 in Rhode Island received more than 21,800 calls for heating assistance.
- Of the households that received heating assistance through the Amica challenge grant, more than half had not accessed assistance through the community action agencies within the previous 12-months, representing a new group of Rhode Islanders in need.
- All of the households served had an annual income that fell below 300% of the federal poverty level.