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DMV earns recognition for community service efforts

"Dress Down for Charity" program receives award from national group

CRANSTON, R.I. The R.I. Division of Motor Vehicles recently was recognized for its community service efforts from the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.

"We thank AAMVA for recognizing our efforts and placing us among the other state motor vehicle registries that understand the value of community service," said Administrator Walter R. Craddock. "I am very proud of the way DMV employees have embraced this charitable program over the years and shown a consistent willingness to give back to communities in Rhode Island and to support charitable organizations."

DMV employees started "dressing down" in 1995 to benefit nonprofit organizations around Rhode Island. Each week, participating employees donate $1 so that they can wear casual dress to work on Friday at DMV offices around the state. The contributions are given to different nonprofit organizations throughout the year.

DMV employees have donated approximately $111,000, in total, from 1995 through December 2015 through the "Dress Down for Charity" program.

Those contributions went to benefit national, state and local organizations. Among the groups benefitting from those donations are:

RI Food Bank West Warwick Animal Shelter New England Organ Bank The Matty Fund Good Neighbor Energy Fund Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Amos House The Impossible Dream Providence Animal Rescue League Sgt. Maxwell Dorley Foundation American Red Cross Mt. Pleasant HS - ALEKS Math Program New England Organ Bank Jayce "The Healer" Foundation March of Dimes (Fran Manne) walk Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation Hasbro Children's Hospital RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence Special Olympics - Cranston Cyclones Smith & Agli's Potbelly Manor RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence Pawtucket Soup Kitchen Pawtucket Soup Kitchen Operation Stand Down

The Division is among 14 motor vehicle registries that earned regional awards from the association for their community service efforts.

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