National Grid Foundation has been a very good Friend of the Diocese


For six consecutive years, since 2014, the National Grid Foundation has supported the Diocese of Providence’s “Keep the Heat On” program by contributing six major gifts totaling $565,000 to help keep local homes warm during the cold winter months.

On Feb. 20, in presenting Bishop Thomas J. Tobin with a $100,000 gift to the program, National Grid Foundation Executive Director Ed White said the foundation was pleased to continue its strong partnership with the diocese in its efforts to provide heating assistance to those who are most vulnerable each winter.

“We are pleased to again be able to help our neighbors by supporting ‘Keep the Heat On,’” White said.

“For the sixth year in a row, this partnership helps connect people with emergency heating assistance when they need it most. We are thrilled to team up with the Diocese of Providence and be part of a program that helps so many.”

Bishop Tobin expressed his sincere appreciation for the generosity exhibited by the National Grid Foundation through its large and consistent gifts to the program.

“I am so very grateful to the National Grid Foundation for another wonderful donation to the ‘Keep the Heat On’ program,” Bishop Tobin said.

“I hope that this generous gift will inspire other members of our community to continue their support of this vital program.”

At the core of its mission, the National Grid Foundation strives to enhance the quality of life for individuals, families and communities by providing grants to non-profit groups to create opportunities and solutions to educational and environmental issues.

“They have been making good on that promise in the Diocese of Providence with their overwhelming generosity to the ‘Keep the Heat On’ heating assistance program,” a nominator shared in recommending the National Grid Foundation for a Lumen Gentium Award in the category of Friend of the Diocese.

Since Bishop Tobin founded “Keep the Heat On” in the Diocese of Providence in 2005, the program has raised more than $3 million to assist more than 14,000 households across Rhode Island.

This winter alone, the diocese has been able to assist more than 730 households at a cost of more than $130,000 to help families and individuals stay warm.