PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Foundation is inviting the
community to talk and listen to each other at get-togethers in Providence on
April 3 and May 5. The “TogetherRI” events give people the opportunity to talk
face-to-face with each other over family-style meals.
“We’re offering places for listening, reconnecting, and
inspiring civil dialogue at a time when people are more ‘connected’ via social
media, yet more disconnected from each other personally than ever,” said Neil
D. Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO. “Our hope is that
participants will meet someone new and will leave knowing that their voice was
The first event is Tuesday, April 3, at the Providence Career
and Technical Academy, 41 Fricker St., from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The May 5
get-together is Saturday, May 5, at the Elmwood Community Center, 155 Niagara
St., from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Every event will be completely open to the
“This is an opportunity for all Rhode Islanders – no matter
where they live in or what they care about – to come together to strengthen
social connections, to be heard, to discuss opportunities and challenges, and
to strengthen the foundation of our community,” said Steinberg.
Details about the events are posted on togetherri.org. People
can register to attend, but RSVPs are not required.
“Each and every Rhode Islander has a role to play in ensuring
our collective success. These conversations will be a neutral place for
dialogue on topics that are critical to our common future, and a place where we
hope the recent tendency toward divisiveness and polarization will be left at
the door,” said Steinberg.
Independent, professional facilitators will guide the sessions.
The University of Rhode Island’s Social Science Institute for Research,
Education, and Policy will collate the information shared at TogetherRI
conversations and administer and aggregate data from a brief, anonymous,
The Foundation expects to announce the topline results at its
annual meeting May 24 and to release a complete report this summer.
The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most
comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. Working with
generous and visionary donors, the Foundation raised $38 million and awarded
$43 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing
issues and needs of diverse communities in 2017. Through leadership,
fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals
and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true
potential. For more information, visit rifoundation.org.