Portsmouth’s Aquidneck Island Christian Academy (AICA), the first participant in the EFC Newport 2017 Year of Care program, received a great deal of  “TLC” during the February school vacation week.

Over the course of 8 days more than 100 volunteers contributed 400 hours to cleaning, painting, organizing, constructing and trash clearing at AICA.  The only classical education Christian school in Rhode Island, the AICA has been leasing the East Main Road facility from the Town of Portsmouth since 2004.

“I was not prepared for the amount of work we were able to get done,” said AICA Headmaster Joshua White. “At the end of the project I was simply dumbfounded by how many volunteers sacrificed their time for our benefit.  It was a wonderful experience.”

The 2017 Year of Care is a community outreach program launched by EFC Newport with the support of participating organizations and members of the community.  The five local non-profit support agencies/organizations include: the Aquidneck Island Christian Academy, Newport County Young Life, Looking Upwards, Lucy’s Hearth and the Newport Housing Hotline.  The EFC Newport congregation will work directly to support every group for an average of two months each during 2017, with the intent to foster deeper connections.  Newport County Young Life will be the recipients of prayer, volunteer man and woman hours, as well as a financial donation in the month of April. Individuals and groups outside of the EFC congregation are welcome to join the effort.

EFC Newport is a contemporary Christian church located at 70 Bliss Mine Road, Middletown, RI.  All are welcome.  For more information visit www.efcnewport.com

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).