Riverzedge Arts Partners with Stop & Shop to Support Local Teens

Brad FesmireNews

 

Woonsocket, RI—This August, Riverzedge Arts is joining Stop & Shop’s Bloomin’ 4 Good and Community Bags programs to give vital resources to local teens.

A nonprofit dedicated to helping northern RI teens develop economically and culturally sustainable futures, Riverzedge Arts has a history of providing wraparound services for Woonsocket youth. In addition to paying teens to participate in art and design workforce training, the organization connects youth to mental health and academic supports and even operates a hunger relief program: the Riverzedge Youth Supply Center.

This last initiative is the focus of the Bloomin’ 4 Good partnership. Every $10.99 Bloomin’ 4 Good Bouquet sold at the North Smithfield Stop & Shop location will provide a $1 donation in support of Riverzedge Arts’ hunger relief efforts for the month of August. 

And during the same month, Riverzedge Arts will receive a $1 donation every time a $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at that location, unless otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag attached to the bag. Together, these programs are making a serious impact on northern RI teens.

“Our youth can’t learn if they’re worried about having enough to eat,” said executive director Kristen Williams, “and they shouldn’t have to. We take every step we can to care for our youth as whole people and provide them with the resources to thrive both at work and in school while preparing for their futures.” 

Shoppers can visit the Stop & Shop located at 595 North Smithfield Avenue to make their purchases and support Riverzedge Arts through the entire month of August. 

Formed in 2002 by artists, youth development professionals, and community leaders, Riverzedge Arts uses innovative applied and work-based learning strategies to teach art, design, and critical thinking to the youth of northern RI, providing our participants as well as our community with a path to economic and cultural sustainability.

For more information on the Stop & Shop Bloomin’ 4 Good and Community Bag Programs, visit stopandshop.2givelocal.com.