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Blue Across Rhode Island Event Helps Improve Boys Town Homes

They say it’s the little things that make a house a home. This season, Boys Town New England got a lot of help with those little things in an effort to make the youth living on their Bazarsky campus feel even more at home.

This year Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island celebrated its 4th annual “Blue Across Rhode Island” event, an annual day of service during which they choose multiple non-profit organizations throughout Rhode Island to receive a $5,000 grant as well as volunteers to complete a proposed project. This was Boys Town New England’s first time applying and being chosen as a host agency for this event.

About 70 Blue Cross & Blue Shield volunteers showed up on Friday, October 2, to help paint the interiors of four Bazarsky campus family homes as well as 7 BEHR Paint-Pro volunteers. Some of the youth even got to help choose paint colors.

Boys Town Rhode Island Donors Relations Specialist Amanda Richardson said the walls had not been repainted since the campus was built 10 years ago. She adds: “We would never have been able to paint all the homes without this help.”

Not only did Blue Cross Blue Shield generously supply the $5,000 grant for the project, but they also provided busing for volunteers and helped secure media coverage. The CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield Rhode Island was on site Friday.

The team at Boys Town Rhode Island also received help on the days leading up to the event. “On a smaller scale, we had a group from Ocean Point Church come in with about 30 volunteers to help prep the homes,” said Richardson. In addition, paint was provided by Behr paint, who sent volunteers to help out on October 2. It was truly a community event.

The youth were happy to see their homes become even a little more their own than before, and are excited about the improvements. Boys Town New England wishes to express extreme gratitude to Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Ocean Pointe Christian Church and BEHR Paint and looks forward to building on these relationships in the future.