Senator Reed visited the West Bay RSVP Senior Corps program. Founded in 1966, West Bay Community Action is a charitable organization serving the people of Kent County and helping provide them with food, utilities, health, safety, and education. Senator Reed, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, has helped secure over $72,000 in federal funding for West Bay Community Action through Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Senior Corps RSVP grants. Over all, current Senior Corps projects in Rhode Island have received nearly $1.8 million in federal funds. During the visit, Senator Reed met with staff, volunteers, and seniors.
Senator Reed joined with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman David Cicilline for a community conversation hosted by Temple Habonim. The event was open to the public and was moderated by Rabbi Andrew Klein.
Senator Reed was a featured reader at the National Education Association of Rhode Island’s (NEARI) annual Read Across America Day event at the Warwick Mall. The event helped celebrate the 21st Read Across America Day, held each year on the birthday of the beloved children’s author Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.
The day celebrates Dr. Seuss’s efforts to make reading fun for kids of all ages and encourages a love of books, reading, and lifelong learning in children. As in previous years, Senator Reed and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) co-authored a Senate resolution declaring March 2nd as Read Across America Day. This year’s resolution emphasized the diversity of children’s authors and the importance of children seeing themselves in literature.
Senator Reed joined Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien and members of the Rhode Island Congressional delegation in welcoming a new class of Pawtucket fire recruits at Fire Station 4 on Cottage Street. Senator Reed, a member of the Appropriations Committee, helped lead efforts to secure $2,448,938 in federal funding to assist Pawtucket with recruiting, hiring, training and retaining firefighters. Pawtucket was awarded a federal Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant to help the City fund the hiring of 13 firefighter positions. Reed helped make $345 million available for Fire Grants and SAFER hiring grants nationwide in the latest Omnibus Appropriations law.
Senator Jack Reed joined Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman David Cicilline, Central Falls Mayor James Diossa, Central Falls Fire Chief Robert Bradley, and others at the Central Falls Fire Department for the unveiling of a new 2017 E-One Pumper truck.
The truck was awarded to the Central Falls Fire Department through an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) of $500,000. The competitive grant was awarded after a letter of recommendation was sent by Senator Reed, who over the course of his career has been a strong supporter of Rhode Island firefighters and first responders and who, as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has secured millions for the grants in appropriations laws.
Senator Reed presented Warwick resident and World War II veteran Willard D. “Bud” Voigt with medals he earned on the battlefield but never received for his courageous service during the World War II. A veteran of the United States Army and the D-Day invasion, Mr. Voigt received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and several other prestigious awards.
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