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Bootblack Brand: A New Twist on Impact

The urge to create led Paul Kubiski out of one industry and into another. A sculptor by training, he ran his own successful graphic design studio, Firebox Creative, for 20 years. Now, as the founder of Bootblack Brand, he invents complex soda and cocktail syrups for home-based entertaining. Paul’s Cranberry Jalapeño Lime syrup was honored[…..]

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GoPeer: Personalized Tutoring for All Students

First assemble a group of college undergrads who are eager to share their knowledge. Then introduce them to younger students who are eager to learn and improve their grades. It’s a winning mix. Out of this combination comes GoPeer, which pairs qualified college students with K-12 students for one-on-one tutoring lessons. They integrate technology with[…..]

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Clara Health: Building a Bridge to Clinical Trials

The mission of Clara Health, founded in Providence in 2016 and now headquartered in San Francisco, is to speed up the timelines of medical clinical trials. They do this by bringing patients and researchers together. “Clinical trials are the longest and most expensive step in bringing a new treatment to market,” says Evan Ehrenberg, CEO[…..]

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Q&A with Karen Mejias of Mindful Maia

For the past two years Karen Mejias has been the creative director of Mindful Maia, an organically sourced juice & tea truck based out of RI. Having graduated from art school in San Francisco, Karen wanted to bring the positive and creative energy she found on the West Coast back home, where she strives to[…..]

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Hope’s Harvest RI: Gleaning Fields for Hunger Relief

Eva Agudelo knows farms and farmers. From her early work in Bellingham, Washington, administering a program that paid farmers to grow food for hunger relief agencies, to her current position as founding director of Hope’s Harvest RI, Eva has been at the center of systems that focus on connecting hungry people with fresh, local food.[…..]

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Reentry Campus Program: Committed to Education

Twenty years ago, when Rhode Island native James Monteiro was incarcerated in Baltimore, he read a news article that set him on the path to a changed life. The story was about a young man who had gone from being an inmate at the RI Adult Correctional Institution to being a Brown University graduate on[…..]

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AS220 Industries: Increasing Creativity

AS220 has been a resource for creativity in Providence since 1985 and has continued to grow ever since. Starting with an operating budget of $800 in a one-room space, AS220 now owns several commercial and residential properties throughout Providence that promote artistic expression. A major part of the organization is AS220 Industries, a collection of community[…..]

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NaloxBox: Saving Lives One Box at a Time

A specialist in pediatric emergency medicine, Dr. Geoff Capraro has been  teaching medical students, residents, and fellows at Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University since 2010. About three years ago,  in response to the growing opioid epidemic within Rhode Island and around the country, Capraro founded NaloxBox with Claudia Rebola, a professor of industrial[…..]

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Empower Spinal Cord Injury: Enabling More-Independent Lives

Occupational therapist Elizabeth Lima Remillard and physical therapists Carinne Callahan and Jessica Goodine founded Empower Spinal Cord Injury in 2010 to help individuals who have experienced a spinal cord injury live happier, more meaningful, and more independent lives. Since 2012 they have offered a multi-week summer residential program that combines a holistic mix of physical[…..]

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One Gun Gone: A Youth Project in Art and Social Engagement

In September 2015, Scott Lapham founded One Gun Gone as an art and engagement project to raise awareness about gun violence. A Providence-based fine art and commercial photographer and a teaching artist who is passionate about making art with young people, Scott had firsthand knowledge of the despair and destructiveness that gun violence brings to[…..]

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