Andy Posner, Capital Good Fund, and Frederick J. Sneesby, R.I. Department of Human Services, recognized for helping Rhode Islanders in need.
Following a year in which United Way 2-1-1 in Rhode Island answered 194,735 calls from Rhode Islanders in need, 2-1-1 celebrated National 2-1-1 Day by honoring local partners for their contributions to improving the lives of people across the state. During a special reception at the Providence Bruins game on Friday, February 16, 2-1-1 presented its 2-1-1 Community Partner Award to Frederick J. Sneesby, administrator of Family and Children’s Services, R.I. Department of Human Services, while Andy Posner, co-Founder and director of the Capital Good Fund, was honored with the 2-1-1 Innovation Award.
Recognizing his leadership and ability to build relationships within the 2-1-1 service network, Frederick J. Sneesby is the recipient of the 2-1-1 Community Partner Award. Representing one of 2-1-1’s strongest community partnerships, Fred and his dedicated team at R.I. DHS were instrumental in helping 2-1-1 handle the more than 300,000 individual requests received in 2017 for basic needs such as food, housing and health services.
A unique award that honors a champion who has helped 2-1-1 implement new strategies to meet a pressing need in the community, the 2-1-1 Innovation Award was presented to Andy Posner of the Capital Good Fund. Over the last year, 2-1-1 received more than 160,000 individual requests for help with financial assistance. In response, Capital Good Fund—a nonprofit, certified Community Development Financial Institution that helps people fix their finances—served as an invaluable resource, putting people on a path to a stronger financial future and avoiding a continuous cycle of debt.
“Over the past decade, 2-1-1 has effectively changed the way Rhode Islanders access help thanks to three simple numbers—a change that was only possible because of the partnerships forged to make our communities stronger,” said Anthony Maione, president and CEO of United Way of Rhode Island.
“We know that our neighbors in crisis often make tough decisions between the basic needs they can afford, but thanks to our partners, they are able to access the resources they need for themselves and their families. It is a privilege to recognize Fred and Andy, and all of our partners, whose work embodies the mission of United Way, 2-1-1, and what it means to care about others,” added Maione.
“We can accomplish much more together than any of us could do on our own and our partners are the proof—quite simply, we could not do this work without them.”