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Community Provider Network of RI Receives Advocacy Award from RI Foundation

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

GoLocalProv News Team



The Community Provider Network of Rhode Island (CPNRI) received the Advocacy Award from the Rhode Island Foundation. The organization received the award for its work leading the Stable Workforce, Stable Lives public education campaign.


Tina Spears, Executive Director, Community Providers Network of RI PHOTO: RI Foundation


“These activities are examples of the robust community organizing and advocacy strategy that CPNRI developed and implemented to address the workforce crisis. To accomplish its goals, CPNRI further activated member agencies’  and formed partnerships with disability-focused organizations to establish the Disability Rights Action Coalition – an intersectional coalition advocating in support of disability issues in Rhode Island,” said Tina Spears, executive director of CPNRI.


RI Foundation’s award program recognizes outstanding practices by Rhode Island nonprofit organizations in the areas of Advocacy, Leadership, Collaboration, Innovation, and Volunteer Engagement.

CPNRI’s Program

CPNRI’s program led to a $.91 cent wage increase for Direct Support Professionals (DSP) who support Rhode Islanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in the community. 


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