On Wednesday January 6, 2021 Rickyinc made its first backpack delivery of the new year to the Jamaica Plain Veterans Hospital. Mary from Volunteer Services was kind enough to meet us at the main entrance with a cart to transport the 25 men's and 5 women's backpacks inside. These backpacks will be distributed among two different programs for Veterans only. One being the methadone clinic that is run out of this hospital: most of these clients are homeless, and the second is a residential program at the hospital for men and women Veterans that have Substance Use Disorder (S.U.D.). Each of these backpacks included all of the usual assortment of personal needs items and it also contained an extensive Veterans Resource Booklet of Veterans services and SUD recovery services available throughout the state.
We are extremely proud to be able to support our United States Veterans in any way that we can.
"They were once there for us; now its time for us to be there for them".
On Friday Jan. 8, 2021 Rich Giacoppo from Ricky,Inc. initiated a new pilot program with the Norwood Veterans Administration Services Director Teddy Mulvehill and delivered to him a starter backpack package of 5 fully loaded backpacks to be issued to local homeless veterans that he encounters. Rich has promised to replace every backpack that gets issued so there will always be some for Teddy and his staff to give out to those in need.
Norwood Veterans Services Director Teddy Mulvehill then surprised Rich when he rolled out a dolly filled with boxes and bags of materials that he wanted to donate to Ricky, Inc. for our backpack program. Included in his donated materials were a lot of the items that we normally include in our custom backpacks. Teddy donated numerous men's sock, shave cream, tissues, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste & toothbrushes, soap, men's combs and beautiful hand-made wool lap blankets (made by the great people at the Norwood Senior Center).
"What a great organization Ricky, Inc. is and helps so very many people in need; it's very impressive what they do. I'm proud to be able to say that I'm a part of it".
On Friday Jan. 15, 2021 Teddy Mulvehill of Norwood Veterans Services receives a Ricky, Inc. Certificate Of Appreciation and donates several winter jackets that were later given to the Disabled & Limbless Veterans organization.
On Saturday Jan.23, 2021 Dani Laliberte of the Opportunity Alliance and Maine Needs assisted Ricky, Inc in filling 12 backpacks and donating 28 winter care packages from the students (Secret Agents of Kindness) at the Great Falls School in Gorham, ME.
Each winter care kit included a message from the students.
Winter Care Kit
You are not Forgotten.
Know there is always hope
and that you are cared for.
with a caring heart,
Secret Agents of Kindness
Great Falls School
On Tuesday Jan. 26, 2021 Ricky, Inc. donated 28 Care Packages, wool blankets and wool shawls to members of BPHC programs AHOPE & PAATHS Boston to be distributed to their clients. These winter care packages were made possible with donated materials from Ricky, Inc. with the help of Maine Needs and the Secret Agents of Kindness from Gorham, Maine.
This sign is proudly displayed on Albany Street, right next to AHOPE & PAATHS on the Akins Pavillion Building.
We strive to attain this message.
No-one is perfect - No More Stigma
Everyone is going through something so - No More Shame
We must make a difference -
Have you heard the news?
Ricky, Inc. has been selected as the beneficiary of the @StopandShop Community Bag Program!
Each time the $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at the Stop & Shop at 1415 Providence Highway, Norwood, MA during the month of February 2021 "OR" at any other Stop & Shop location utilizing the "Giving Tag", we will receive a $1 donation.
Please help out our mission at Ricky, Inc. to help others, and shop at the Norwood Stop & Shop during our February fundraising effort.
Giving Tag Program
Other Stop & Shop Locations
Every $2.50 Community Bag comes with an attached Giving Tag.
The Giving Tag provides the opportunity for shoppers at any Stop & Shop location to send the $1 donation from the purchase of the bag to a non-profit of their choice at any time.
If you do not shop at the Norwood store you must use the Giving Tag from your Stop & Shop location to ensure your donation gets allocated to Ricky, Inc. Here's how:
How the Giving Tag Program Works
Go to any Stop & Shop store and purchase a $2.50 Community Bag with an attached Giving Tag.
Follow the instructions on the Giving Tag within 7 days of purchase:
Visit MyStopandShopCause.com, enter your tag's unique scratch off code and choose your non-profit's name from the list of non-profits (Ricky, Inc.).
If you don't see your organization listed, you can submit it right there on the form!
Ricky, Inc. very much appreciates your involvement in this additional fund raising effort.
Michelle Logan & Scott Giacoppo are seen here in Kanab, Utah proudly representing Ricky, Inc. from afar.
Uncle Scott & Michelle have been very generous contributors since the inception of Ricky, Inc. and are considered great assets to the organization.
Michelle is overlooking the "Best Friends Animal Sanctuary" in Kanab while showing off the Ricky acronym on the back of her shirt.
Respecting Individuals with Care & Kindness You matter
This is Ricky, Inc.'s first time being represented in Utah and what a great place to land since Ricky really had a love for animals and was an animal activist.
For more about this fantastic organization please visit their web site at https://bestfriends.org/
On Thursday January 28, 2021 Nick Giacoppo, one of the 3 Maine Backpack Distribution Coordinators for Ricky, Inc., is seen here donating 12 fully loaded backpacks to Milestone Recovery's Executive Director Oliver Bradeen. He assured Nick that the bags would be distributed to people coming out of their detox and also in their shelter.
Thank you to Corey Misner for assisting Nick in this endeavor.
For more information on Milestone Recovery and it's programs http://milestone-recovery.org/
The Milestone Recovery Street Outreach team is armed and ready to give out some Ricky, Inc. backpacks.
These fully loaded backpacks were provided by Ricky, Inc. in joint collaboration with Dani Laliberte of Maine Needs and The Secret Agents of Kindness from the Great Falls School in Gorham, ME..
Another fantastic job by Nick Giacoppo who is doing a great job of keeping his brother Ricky's name and memory alive.
On Thursday January 28, 2021 Ricky, Inc. visited with Boston Police Department Commissioner William G. Gross and Deputy Superintendent Michael J. Stratton. The meeting took place in the Commissioner's office with Ricky, Inc. President Rich Giacoppo and Ricky, Inc. Consultant M. Michael Giacoppo. As one of his last duties prior to his retirement, Commissioner Gross assigned Deputy Superintendent Stratton to partner with Ricky, Inc. in our community effort to help less fortunate persons suffering from homelessness, substance use disorder and mental illness. Deputy Stratton is assigned as the commander of the BPD Street Outreach Unit, which is a great community based unit to help persons in need from homelessness, substance use, mental illness and other recovery issues. Commissioner Gross & Deputy Superintendent Stratton are pictured above holding their new Ricky, Inc. t-shirts and displaying our logo and motto.
After meeting with us and discussing our organization and its programs, Deputy Stratton informed Ricky, Inc. that it will be a pleasure to partner with us and he very much looks forward to our first community venture together, hopefully within the next several weeks. He was presented with a Ricky, Inc. fully loaded backpack and was impressed with it's contents and especially the extensive Resource Booklet that we designed. Deputy Stratton shares our commitment to help every person in need that we possibly can and to try to make a difference in peoples lives that are in crisis.
Commissioner Gross stated " I will continue to support and work in partnership with Ricky, Inc. and the Boston Police Department in an effort to help members of our community". He also stated "what you're doing is such great work and something that is badly needed; I'm so happy that you're doing all of this and keeping Ricky's memory alive" . Commissioner Gross wishes to be notified of our activities together in Boston and would like to join us in our community events as a volunteer.
Congratulations to Commissioner Gross who has retired after 37 years of outstanding service to the City Of Boston, the Boston Police Department and it's citizens.
Enjoy the time off my friend, you've earned it!
On Mon February 1, 2021, Ricky, Inc. delivered 28 more filled backpacks to the Andrew House - Boston Detox facility along with 20 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies (donated by Ricky's Grandfather Mike Giacoppo) for the clients. We also donated a few dozen books and games for the Ricky Memorial Reading Room. The staff was gracious enough to allow me to visit my son's memorial reading room and I was extremely impressed at what a nice location it is. I know Ricky would have been using that room all day if it was there when he was. Pictured above in the reading room and accepting the Ricky, Inc. Certificate Of Appreciation for all of the great work that they do, is Cherelle Ball Case Aide Manager for the program. We extend our sincerest thanks for all of the staff members at Andrew House for the fantastic work that they do to help people in need.
On Wednesday February 10, 2021 Ricky,Inc delivered 20 backpacks to the Fenway Health Center in Jamaica Plain to be distributed to their LBGTQ clients.
We want to thank them for all the services they provide to the LGBTQ community and their outreach to the community.
On Saturday February 20, 2021, Ricky,Inc. will be distributing 60 fully loaded backpacks and numerous other materials at the Boston Public Health Commission's Engagement Center on Atkinson Street in Boston.
We will be accompanied by the Boston Police Departments Street Outreach Unit who will also be distributing needed materials.
Pictured above is our new 2' x 8' Ricky, Inc. banner, which will be on display on our table at all future events.