Support from Avon and BBVA Helps to Make the Season Bright for URI Shelter Residents

gifts2This has been a year of extraordinary accomplishments at URI! Our clients, staff members, URI supporters, and others demonstrate the importance of what we do at URI—keeping people safe, secure, and empowered to lead better lives. We would like to express our special thanks to Avon and their group, Avon Women Empowered (AWE) for the generous donation of gifts (pictured) that brought holiday cheer to URI’s domestic violence shelter residents and their children and pets at Safe Haven.

We extend our warmest gratitude to the BBVA Compass Foundation’s Project Blue Elf, which funded holiday activities and toys that benefit children living at URI Urban Women’s New Beginnings (UWNB) domestic violence shelter.

This spirit of giving exemplifies the true meaning of the holiday season!

Volunteers from the Avon Women Empowered (AWE) group collected and wrapped the more than 50 toys donated by Avon Associates and members of the leadership team and executive committee. Avon’s Community Engagement group also gathered pet toys and supplies and gave $2,000 (raised from a self-defense class and jewelry sale) to the URIPALS program and to fund a holiday party for shelter residents. BBVA’s Project Blue Elf initiative is funding UWNB’s holiday party, which will include the donation of toys for 60 children and kid-friendly activities such as cookie decorating and ornament making.

We continue to expand our programs and services to ensure that we are doing all we can to help the many individuals and families throughout New York who rely on us. In turn, we rely on you for support that enables us to continue our critical work. We appreciate donations of any amount. All of us at URI wish you and your loved ones a happy, healthy New Year!


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