Although the Jamestown Plunge was canceled, the Newport County YMCA’s Y Girls insisted on braving the arctic temperatures on the first day of 2018 to raise money for Lucy’s Hearth. They stood outside for hours to sell their beautifully decorated bowls filled with warming chili. On a day that few people ventured out, these girls were able to raise $500. Special thanks to the Y Girls amazing community advisers, Lynn Roach and Eileen Donnelly, for your unwavering support.

On Wednesday, January 31st at 3:30 PM the Y Girls will be presenting their donation to Lucy’s Hearth at 19 Valley Rd, Middletown, RI 02842.

Y Girls is a YMCA based enrichment program seeking to create a safe, nurturing environment for adolescent girls by providing mentoring from a supportive community of females, encouragement to develop individual talents, opportunity to have a voice in issues affecting their lives, and empowerment to affect positive community change. It is our goal to instill a strong sense of purpose, belonging, and identity by guiding confident girls to become confident women who understand the importance of making community involvement an integral part of their everyday life. Y Girls know that all girls should have no limits.

Lucy’s Hearth serves homeless mothers and their children through an emergency shelter program, a transitional apartment program, a permanent apartment program and an outreach and aftercare program. They primarily serve Newport County residents, but warmly welcome residents from other areas of the state when beds are available. Most of the mothers we serve are in their late 20s, and the children are newborns to 18-year old’s. Some residents have histories of homelessness and are at high-risk of becoming homeless once again.  The causes for our residents’ homelessness include economic hardship, inability to find affordable housing, eviction, family crisis, separation, and divorce.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.