Marasco & Nesselbush Charitable Foundation 2017 Grant Recipients


Every year during the holiday season, Marasco and Nesselbush’s Charitable Foundation awards grants to local organizations that benefit our community. The foundation was established in 2013 and to date has raised and donated more than $50,000 to local charities and nonprofit organizations. Financial support for the Charitable Foundation comes from the partners, attorneys, and staff of Marasco & Nesselbush.

We are happy to announce that we have chosen five local organizations to be the recipients of this year’s grants in the amounts ranging between $500-$2,500 dollars.

Since we care about the individuals who make up our community, we’d like to get you involved to see what you think! How? Vote on our Facebook page with your likes, comments, and shares for the organization that you would most like to see receive our support. The organization with the most likes and shares will receive our highest grant of $2,500!

To help you decide, we’ve put together some information about each organization and the role that they play in making our community a better place.

Comprehensive Community Action Program

CCAP is a private nonprofit and is one of Rhode Island’s largest organizations dedicated solely to fighting the war on poverty. Sometimes an illness or the loss of a job can have an immediate and devastating impact on a person’s life. CCAP’s services are designed to help those in immediate need and to empower anyone desiring to become more self-sufficient.

Programs and services provided by CCAP include:

  • Health and Dental Care;
  • Behavioral Health Counseling;
  • Food Bank, Housing, Fuel Assistance, & Weatherization;
  • Family Support & Services;
  • Head Start & Child Care;
  • Emergency Assistance;
  • Education & Job Training.



Friendsway (Families Reaching Into Each New Day) is the only family bereavement center in Rhode Island, serving families throughout Southeastern New England. Staffed with highly qualified mental health care professionals and extensively trained community volunteers, Friendsway provides peer support to children and their families in a safe and nurturing environment. Their services are free to all families, with 100% of the program funded through fundraising activities and community support.

Meetings begin with a shared meal to foster trust and build rapport, followed by peer group sessions. These sessions include creative activities such as art, music, storytelling, and games that are used to help children openly and honestly express their feelings and grief reactions.


Higher Ground International

Higher Ground International works to restore dignity, empower lives, and keep peace. The organization’s twofold mission is to improve the lives of people living in the rural villages of West Africa while providing meaningful opportunities for workforce and community development to the West African community living here in Providence, RI, where the organization was founded. It provides basic supports and economic and educational opportunities to these communities, with an emphasis on empowering women, youth, and young adults as agents of change and self-determination.

Local services include literacy classes for women, elder services, pre-employment and workforce development, basic computer and design classes, therapeutic arts, cultural enrichment, advocacy, case management, immigration & citizenship classes and other wraparound services for youth and families.


Jonnycake Center

The Jonnycake Center has been in operation since 1974 and was founded by community members who saw a need for an agency that could help people who might not qualify for support through established agencies. They named it after the jonnycake, a staple food in colonial days because the founders’ goal was to provide basic necessities for local people in need.

Today the center provides comprehensive assistance to those in need of food, clothing, and household items and through individual and systemic advocacy. Current programs include cooking classes, motivational coaching, and services to ensure children have the school supplies they need.


Operation Stand Down

Operation Stand Down Rhode Island (OSDRI) is an organization whose mission is to help veterans secure stable housing and employment. Founded in 1993, they provide assistance according to individual needs, including case management, basic human needs, referrals, and education and training services.

Their Supportive Services for Veteran Families program (SSVF) provides financial and support services to veterans and veteran families that are homeless or in immediate danger of becoming homeless. OSDRI is able to work with all veterans and veteran spouses in need of work through both private and state grant programs.

We are proud to be able to support the efforts of such noble and dedicated organizations. Have you or someone you loved personally benefited from one of these organizations? Is there one whose efforts particularly touch you? Let us know by voting on our Facebook page with your likes, comments, and shares. The campaign ends on Monday 12/11/17 so get your votes in today!