Making Rhode Island public schools great for every child!

The NEARI Children's Fund

Education professionals spend their lives with children, stimulating their minds, freeing their spirits, serving their needs - reaching out to children in a million ways, day-to-day, year-by-year.

Often these professionals are the first to see special situations, when a student's basic needs are not being met.

The NEARI Executive Committee established the Children's Fund in 1985 to answer these needs. Supported by donations, the Fund makes money available to NEARI members who might otherwise reach into their own pockets to take care of needy students. Any member of the organization may apply for anonymous financial assistance to help students in these special situations.

There is no administrative fee - every penny of donation goes directly to children attending Rhode Island public schools.

It's about restoring hope and giving struggling students a chance to succeed in school...and life.

Children's Fund Programs

During the holiday season, the Gingerbread Express links anonymous donors with needy students. More than 1,500 children had a happy holiday in 2014, thanks to you! See photos here.

Thank you for a successful NEARI Children's Fund 24th Annual Golf Classic. Golfers and sponsors raised over $12,000. And, mark your calendar for our 25th Annual on July 14, 2016!

Anyone can donate at any time to the Children's Fund. Donations also may be made in memory of a loved one. Call Val Staples at 401-463-9630 or email



Donate now to the NEARI Children’s Fund – it’s fast and easy!

Amazing Members - Diane Jolicoeur
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