LINCOLN, R.I. – The Amica $75,000 Community Challenge, a charity event partnering Amica Insurance with the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, United Way of Rhode Island and Crossroads Rhode Island, ended on March 7. It raised more than $180,000, once again surpassing the initial goal of $150,000. Since the Challenge began in 2013, it has raised more than half a million dollars.
The Challenge encouraged people and businesses in the community to make donations to the three charitable organizations from Jan. 28 through March 7. Amica guaranteed to match those donations, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000 per charity. The charities were chosen with three basic human needs in mind: food (the Rhode Island Community Food Bank), heat (United Way of Rhode Island) and housing (Crossroads Rhode Island).
“I’m proud to be part of a community that so selflessly comes together to assist the less fortunate among us,” said Robert A. DiMuccio, chairman, president and CEO of Amica. “On behalf of everyone at Amica, I would like to thank all those who helped make the Challenge a success during this especially difficult winter.”
Representatives from the charitable organizations also expressed their gratitude.
“For the third year, the Amica $75,000 Community Challenge allowed the Food Bank to leverage gifts from our generous donors to help us acquire healthy, nutritious foods for families struggling to make ends meet,” said Andrew Schiff, CEO of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.
“Together, we’ve supported countless Rhode Islanders struggling with tough choices this winter,” said Anthony Maione, president and CEO of United Way of Rhode Island. “I’m grateful to be a part of the growing Amica $75,000 Community Challenge, and proud to partner with such great organizations as Crossroads and the Food Bank.”
“Thanks to the Amica $75,000 Community Challenge, we more than doubled our donations this past month, which will enable us to continue to secure stable housing for families and individuals experiencing homelessness,” said Anne Nolan, president of Crossroads Rhode Island. “We’re grateful to Amica for continuing the Challenge again this year, and for caring about the needs of our neighbors who are less fortunate – particularly during this difficult time of year.”