Your can make your gift to Rhode Island PBS works twice as hard in April
Your contribution to WSBE any time of year supports the programs you love to watch on both of our channels, Rhode Island PBS and Learn. But during the month of April, you can designate your gift to work twice as hard to help two organizations: WSBE and Crossroads Rhode Island. Simply write "Crossroads" on your check, or type "Crossroads" in the Comments box when the donation is made online, and WSBE will share your gift equally with Crossroads.
You can make your contribution by check or credit card, by mail or online by clicking here.Donations made from April 1 through April 30 must note "Crossroads."
Official Announcement April 1, 2012
David W. Piccerelli, president and CEO of WSBE Rhode Island PBS, and Anne Nolan, president of Crossroads Rhode Island, today announced an important and unique expansion of the partnership between the two organizations. During the month of April, donations made to WSBE will be shared equally with Crossroads Rhode Island.
"With more Rhode Islanders facing homelessness through job loss and foreclosure, our initiative comes at a critical time," said Piccerelli. "This is the first time in the station's history that we've launched a campaign like this," he noted.
"We appreciate WSBE's generous support of our mission in this way," said Anne Nolan. "When Rhode Island families face the daunting challenges of homelessness and seek safe shelter, most turn first to Crossroads Rhode Island for the help they need. Just this past January, the number
of families coming to us for shelter has exploded by 111% compared to
Piccerelli explained that WSBE's past community outreach initiatives
have typically brought attention to issues and problems through
television productions and community forums. "But this initiative
represents a bold step in a new direction for us - actively raising
money for another non-profit while we raise money for the station."
He emphasized that bold action is what it takes to match the enormity
of the problem of homelessness in Rhode Island.
The work at Crossroads came to the attention of WSBE through its use
of the GED Connection video series in the adult education and workforce
preparedness training at the Learning Center at Crossroads. GED Connection is a 39-part series that prepares candidates to take the five examinations, administered by the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, to earn a high school diploma.
When Rhode Island families face the daunting challenges of homelessness and seek safe shelter, most turn first to Crossroads Rhode Island for the help they need.
- Anne Nolan, President
Crossroads Rhode Island