I support groups that help feed the hungry; spread the joy of books, reading and learning; nurture the environment; and lift the spirits and lives of those in need. Here are some of my favorites—I encourage you to learn more about them!

Drop In & Decorate

Drop In & Decorate is a simple concept: bake some cookies, invite friends or family (or neighbors, or co-workers) to stop in and help decorate, then donate your cookies to a local food pantry, emergency shelter, senior center, lunch program, or other community agency meeting the needs of food or shelter.

Heifer International

Heifer International empowers families by giving them a hand-up, not just a hand-out, and helps turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope.

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.

Reading Across Rhode Island

Reading Across Rhode Island, a project of the Rhode Island Center for the Book, exists to support literacy, involving all Rhode Islanders in a community dialogue focusing on books and reading.

RI Community Food Bank

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank provides food to people in need and promotes long-term solutions to the problem of hunger.

Save the Bay

Save The Bay protects, restores and improves the ecological health of the Narragansett Bay region, and fosters an ethic of environmental stewardship among people who live in or visit it.

Share Our Strength

Share Our Strength® is a national organization that works hard to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry.

More Friends!

Here are links to the websites of friends—writers, business owner, artists—listed alphabetically by last name. Check them out! (And visit this page often; more names are added all the time.)

Nancy Verde Barr, Cookbook Author and Novelist

Julia Edelman, MD, Physician, Author

Miata Edoga, Actress, Writer, Financial Advisor

Mary Ann Esposito, Cookbook Author, Cooking Show Host

Barbara Gee, Garden Writer

Michele Girasole, Fresh Connect

Lynn Hughes, Author, Pullman Porter Museum Founder

Robin Kall, Radio How Host, Reading with Robin

Bruce Newbury, Radio Show Host, Food Writer

Sandy Oliver, Cookbook Author, Food Historian

Chris Schlesinger, Cookbook Author, Restaurant Owner

John Schumann, MD, Physician, Writer

Russell Shippee, Life Coach

Lydia Walshin, Food Writer
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Naomi Zucker, Author

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx

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“I find television to be very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book.” – Groucho Marx