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Be The Change/Project Hand Up

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Congregate Meals, Food, Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, Food Banks & Pantries, Food Programs

Mission: To provide a supplemental food resource for families, elderly, homeless and impoverished in the community and surrounding areas. To provide a service for working people to be able to affordably shop for groceries, toiletries, and over the counter medication so people do not have to choose between eating and paying bills. To provide a Thanksgiving meal and a Christmas meal to the elderly and families in need, who are just making ends meet.

Target demographics: Working people make ends meet, homeless and impoverished

Direct beneficiaries per year: We helped 1000's of people put food on the table and not have to pick between eating and paying bills, contribute .50 for every bag sold at Project Hand Up to Gel's Full Belly Fund to help provide children a lunch in school, collect household goods for people transitioning into homes from the street, Provided Thanksgiving baskets to over 400 families, provided a Christmas meal to the needy, and collected school supplies for children who's families could not afford to buy them.

Geographic areas served: West Warwick and surrounding communities

Programs: Project Hand Up which is a program where working people can shop for groceries, toiletries, and over the counter medication for a suggested donation so they do not have to choose between eating and paying bills

Community Stories

75 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

11 Barbara278

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group epitomizes what it means to love without judgement. Their tireless efforts to help those in need is amazing. I have seen them go above and beyond on many occasions because it is truly in their hearts to so. They do whatever they can when they can simply because they love helping people. From the very beginning they have always been dedicated in their mission and have never wavered. They sacrifice much of their own lives for others and work together with other agencies to not only feed people but improve the quality of their lives. They have kept many from going hungry but have also made many people feel loved and cared for. In these times we live in this is so very important and we need more people like this group in the world.

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Coreen S. Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing opportunity to shop for well needed food for my family and save big on my families food budget. My bags are always full leaving.

Kristen C.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at PHU and love it! Coreen set up a wonderful program to help the community! The customers who come in always leave with a smile and are always so thankful and appreciative!

Karen D.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at PHU and absolutely love it! The program that Coreen has is wonderful and the many clients we have shows the need in our community. The clients we serve are always so grateful to the organization. We are always humbled by our experiences while volunteering. When you need a “hand up”, PHU is the place to go.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Friendliest people have everything you need They don't make you feel like charity even help you carry out your food

Jim M.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

My sister and I moved to Rhode Island from Massachusetts about 1 year ago. We are self employed, and everything was going well. Then we had issues with the probate court about my Mother's estate recently after moving here. She died in 2015. We went into winter with no money in the bank. Things were getting desperate. I found this charity on a local facebook page. Coreen (the founder) has been a Godsend to my sister and I. Coreen always worked with me, if I had issues with money, and needed food. Also, we got some food for our Dog Jessie there, at very low prices. Not only am I grateful for getting food there, but the quality and selection of the food is outstanding. LOTS of fresh choices. I've always felt welcome there, and never felt bad about needing help. And no crazy red tape either! you go there, they tell you how it works, and then you can get great food.

Mary H.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to work closely with Coreen St.Jean, Mindy Levine Christina and most of the volunteers for several years now. Coreen and Mindy are two of the most dedicated people I know. They work six days a week at Be The Change as well as helping people behind the scenes. They go above and beyond every week to help those who walk through our doors. I can tell you first hand how much the customers appreciate what is offered every week. They often express that without this organization they wouldn't be able to make ends meet. I think the numbers say it all. We have helped over three thousand five hundred people plus and we continue to grow every week. There is a great need and thankfully this organization is here to help.

Heidi C.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a part of this amazing community. The appreciation that is felt daily by the young families, disabled, seniors and more is heartfelt. The sense of generosity is felt throughout our community as well, it is truly infectious.

Judith Demers F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with this organization for 2+ years. We have grown to well over theee thousand families, who come to us for a little Hand Up with feeding their families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m a volunteer with this organization and have watched it grow from a simple “Sunday dinner”(Be the Change) to expand into a for donation grocery/health/toiletries store (Project Hand Up). Add in the numerous extras ie: Stuff the Bus (school supplies for local schools), clothing drives that then result in a Free Store day where those in need can come and take whatever they need.
Simply put the generosity is never ending and Coreen, Mindy and Dennis keep coming up with new ideas! We put smiles on so many faces, it’s truly a beautiful thing.

Mindy20

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for Be The Change/Project Hand Up I am surrounded by other volunteers who work tirelessly to help others. We are able to help so many people save money on their grocery shopping so they have enough money to pay other bills. So many smiles each day we are open.....from happy customers to volunteers who are happy they were able to help them!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with this organization for 2 yrs now and what a wonderful experience it has been! We have a core group that works tirelessly to help the people in the community and along with them support throughout the community through businesses and other community members. We run a pantry and a Sunday meal and also help out in other ways the best we can. We have been able to add fruits and veggies to our pantry this year which helps give our customers healthy choices. The pantry helps them make ends meet by offering staples they need to make it thru a week. And the Sunday meal not only gives them a hot meal but a place to gather with friends to eat. Love helping this organization and seeing the smiles from the people we help!

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2 quenee58

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with Project hand up/Be the change since the organization began, They have helped so many in our community, I enjoy seeing so many people being able to make ends meet.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Be the change for 4 years and I have seen so many people being helped. I love seeing the smiles on there faces as they sit down to a nice hot meal. This organization has so many dedicated volunteers all striving for the same goals, Helping those who need it.

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3 Donna Leech H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an outstanding group of people helping those of us who need a hand up! They work tirelessly to secure provisions from multiple sources. Shelves are always stocked full of everything you can imagine and then some! Coreen and her team of volunteers go above and beyond to help all their customers both in store and carrying out bags for us to our car if needed. I'm enormously grateful for all they do to help the community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at Project Hands up because 1st, I believe in what they do and 2nd because of Coreen and Mindy. Everyone that comes in is treated with respect and a friendly smile.

3 Song LeBlanc E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I like being able to be part of something that helps those in need. Being able to go in and purchase necessaties at a reduced amount makes it easier to get by from week to week. You dont feel like you are getting a hand out. You're getting a helping hand.

2 Miranda A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The programs help so many local people in need who just need a little help! It is an honor to be a volunteer with them and to see all the smiles they bring to everyone who comes through the door. It is more like a family that just keeps growing!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy volunteering with such a great group of people! We all pull together and help those in need in a moments notice! And I love seeing the relief and smiles of those we serve!

2 Jerry L.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This nonprofit has made an impact on many lives within the community. Since the inception of this organization many residents have been able to feed themselves and their families. So many individuals and local businesses have stepped up to help support Be the Change / Project Handup because they helped open the eyes to many as to the amount of people within our community from the homeless to the elderly that struggle to put at least one meal on their table. This organization is making a dramatic impact in the lives of so many.

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Coreen S. 03/30/2019

Thank you Jerry

1 Cathy135

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place helps out a lot of people to stretch there money exspeceley on things like shampoo tolit paper tooth paste things that's can be verry pricey. Fruits and vegetables too baked goods and they have dinner special too Thursday they had everything to make a chill dinner for only 5.00 wow what a deal so go check them out and see what deals you can get

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I saw project handup on Facebook oneday itold my sister about it. Itold her lets go see what all about. Well it was worth going. We got so much stuff for our money from food to hygiene to cold med. Yes sometimes you have to wait in line but it's worth the wait so if it's cold dress warm but you wont be disappointed. The staff is friendly and helpful. So if you are having ahard time getting by this place is for you if not please save it for the people who really need to go to a place like this. So help out in other ways. Like your time or money. Because you never know when you may need a place like this.

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Coreen S. 03/04/2017

Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Be The Change for over a year and am amazed at how many people who are just getting by have been helped by this great program. Not only do they provide a hot Sunday meal for those in need, their well stocked food pantry helps many families .

3 Alicia D.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Be the change has been a blessing to my family this past year! Words can't express the gratitude I have for the amazing group of people who volunteer for such a great cause! Without be the change, I wouldn't have been able to have the great Christmas we had this year! I have met some awesome people over the past year, from the volunteers to making friends while waiting in line! This is the best place to go if you are struggling between food and the financial stresses of life,hands down! When I first walked through the doors, I could never imagine how greatly they would have had an impact on my life! I look forward to seeing everyone each time I go! Not only do the volunteers of be the change have huge hearts, they welcome you with so much compassion that you never feel unwelcome! I cannot say enough good things! I always recommend be the change to all my friends and neighbors! Thank you Coreen and the many wonderful volunteers for your dedication to the community!

4 Joy Ann B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They helped my family when no one else would... loving and caring all the was through..

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with Be The Change for a couple of years and it has been such an eye opening experience. Coreen and her group work tirelessly searching for the donations they need to be sure the people of the area are able to have the food, essentials and clothing they need to survive. Whenever she finds out that another wonderful business in the community has stepped up to help, the excitement is so contagious you can't help to be excited too. They are definitely an organization that must be commended for all the work they do to make the community a better place to live in.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that helps so many members of the surrounding communities. The families come in to the meal site and are so appreciative of all that is being provided to them. Their smiles say it all. I know the people who volunteer their time and prepare the food get a wonderful feeling also. The families are also given the opportunity to purchase foods and toiletries at a fraction of the cost, giving them the feeling that they are providing for their family rather than being given a handout. This group has made such an impact on the people in the area. I am proud to be a part of what this has become.