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To: Dr. Lisa Bergson Subject: URI Community Impact Week URI News Release For Immediate Release Sept. 27, 2016 URI students give BIG to support local nonprofits Not only do University of Rhode Island students think big, but this October they will give big, too. Students are taking it upon themselves to help out the local community by teaming up with Rhody Outpost and the Jonnycake Center. Students support the community by donating time and creativity to these non-profits during the first annual
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   To: Dr. Lisa Bergson Subject: URI Community Impact Week URI Nes Re!ease or Imme#iate Re!ease Sept. $%& $'() URI stu#ents gi*e BI+ to support !oca! nonpro,ts Not on!y #o Uni*ersity o- Ro#e Is!an# stu#ents tink big& but tis /ctober tey i!! gi*e big& too. Stu#ents are taking it upon temse!*es to e!p out te !oca! community by teaming up it Ro#y /utpost an# te 0onnycake Center. Stu#ents support te community by #onating time an# creati*ity to tese non1pro,ts #uring te ,rst annua!Community Impact Week.  Te Uni*ersity o- Ro#e Is!an# operates un#er te motto to& 2Tink Big&We #o.3 Tis i#ea is one tat #ri*es te scoo! to !ea#& create& an# acie*e. Te Uni*ersity o- Ro#e Is!an# o!#s gi*ing back near an# #ear to its eart. Supporting on campus -oo# pantries& as e!! as getting +reek Li-e an# 4t!etics in*o!*e# in community e5orts& are on!ya -e o- te ays URI gi*es back. Te 6ub!ic Re!ations #epartment at URI is a!so one tat un#erstan#s te importance o- gi*ing back& an# integrates !earning opportunities it supporting te !oca! community. 4ccor#ing to Communication Stu#ies Department Cair Dr. 7e*in 8cC!ure& Community Impact Week gi*es stu#ents a cance to gi*e back to teir community an# app!y in-ormation obtaine# in te c!assroom. 2Tis is a great opportunity -or our pub!ic re!ations stu#ents to sare teir time& ta!ents& an# kno!e#ge it orty& !oca! nonpro,ts&3 8cC!ure sai#.  Te 0onnycake Center opes to impro*e te 9ua!ity o- !i-e o- in#i*i#ua!san# -ami!ies troug teir e5orts. Since its opening in (;$< community members a*e been impacte# great!y by te 0onnycake Centers tire!ess e5orts to make a #i5erence. 4ccor#ing to Te Ro#e Is!an# Coa!ition -or te =ome!ess& appro>imate!y <&')% peop!e& inc!u#ing ?@? -ami!ies an# ;A) ci!#ren are ome!ess in te state o- Ro#e Is!an#. in#ing a ay to make a #i5erence an# gi*e back is at Community Impact eek is a!! about.  Stu#ents i!! unpack bo>es o- -oo#& con#uct a arm c!oting #ri*e& an#sare teir creati*ity it !oca! nonpro,ts in or#er to positi*e!y impact te community. Samanta Roberts& a tir# year 6ub!ic Re!ations stu#ent at URI& e>p!ains er e>perience. 2Te 6ub!ic Re!ations 8ajor as brougt me more tan just an e#ucation& but an un#erstan#ing o- te importance o- community in*o!*ement& an# Community Impact Week is a prime e>amp!e o- tat&3 Roberts sai#. 6ub!ic Re!ations stu#ents at URI are turning tis opportunity into a ay to bene,t not on!y teir stu#ies& an# -uture careers in 6R& but a!so te Ro#y Community. Stu#ents in te 6ub!ic Re!ations program are ne*er too busy stu#ying to make a #i5erence in te Ro#y community.  Tinking big& an# gi*ing big& tese stu#ents i!! make a #i5erence.  8arie +i!!cristmariegi!!cristmy.uri.e#u
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