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Wednesday, January 02, 2013



Members of the Executives Association of Rhode Island enjoy some holiday cheer while helping families of veterans who are homeless or living in poverty.

It made for a warm donation this holiday season when The Executives Association of RI (EARI) presented donations and clothing for the second year to Project Undercover, the local RI nonprofit organization supporting children living in poverty in RI with diapers, underclothing, and winter items.

Each year the EARI, the local chapter of the International Executives Association (IEA) selects a worthy cause to support with year end donations from its 35 member companies.  Richard Fleischer, founder of Project Undercover, attended the event and provided an update since last year of the increasing need in our state.  This year donations from "Execs" were targeted to families of veterans living in poverty or who are homeless. The items were presented at the year end meeting held at The Radisson.  Fleischer said, "we won't hold these items long - they will be on little bodies by the weekend."

Executives Association of RI

For more than 70 years, EARI has brought together established business owners and top-level executives to help them grow their businesses. By providing a regular structured, yet relaxed networking environment, Execs members have the opportunity to develop powerful relationships that result in significant business leads and referrals. The group meets weekly on Tuesdays for lunch.  Each meeting features either a member providing an update on their company or a guest speaker form the community.  There are approximately 35 businesses represented in EARI.

Project Undercover

Project Undercover began to provide diapers, socks, and underwear to RI's poor children who often lack adequate undergarments.  Children without these basics are often not served by any clothing drive or giveaway.  To date, Project Undercover has distributed two million items to RI's poor children.  Nearly 40,000 RI children currently live in poverty and receive some form of assistance.  RI has the highest child poverty rate of the six New England states. 


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