During the recent government shutdown, Seamen’s Church Institute solicitated donations to support Rhode Island’s U.S. Coast Guard members and their families. In just over two weeks, the organization announces they have raised over $10,000 in donations from the community.

Funds were distributed to the Coast Guard through two main sources. The first was through the Coast Guard Petty Officers Association, based in Bristol, who distributed gift cards directly to Coast Guard members in need of assistance (approximately 70 percent to the Newport station, 20 percent to the Sector SE New England in East Providence and 10 percent to the Bristol unit).

The second method of distribution was through the “Rhode Island Shutdown Support Group,” who hosted dinners and had household goods and gift cards available. Seamen’s also donated gift cards at the Penfield School and a food pantry available for Coast Guard members and their families. The organization also purchased diapers, wipes, paper goods and groceries.

“Seamen’s was delighted to implement Dr. Robin Wallace’s wish to help our local Coast Guard families during the government shutdown,” said Ann Souder, President of Seamen’s Church Institute in a prepared statement. “Our staff was able to react quickly and get the word out and then distribute the monies in a timely fashion. It was an amazing show of empathy from our community. We’re grateful to Dr. Wallace for his suggestion and to all of those who donated.”

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.