Our Family for Families First Foundation Is Honored by First Lady Michelle Obama at White House Ceremony
- Apr 16, 2012
East Greenwich, R.I.—The Our Family for Families First Foundation, the charitable arm of Rhode Island-based company Picerne Military Housing, was honored at the White House for its work on behalf of military families by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.
The Foundation was recognized as People’s Choice Winner of the Joining Forces Community Challenge during a ceremony held on the South Lawn of the White House to spotlight citizens and organizations with a demonstrated, genuine and deep desire to be of service to military families. “
As part of its charitable mission, the Foundation provides educational scholarships and grants to the spouses and children of active-duty service members stationed at the seven military installations served by Picerne Military Housing. A 2009 scholarship recipient, Jada Salahuddin, and her father, Army Master Sergeant Majid Salahuddin, of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, attended the White House event with John Picerne and Maria Montalvo, executive director of the Foundation. Jada is currently studying journalism at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia.
The Foundation qualified as a finalist for the award after being evaluated by a national selection panel composed of representatives from the service branches, Department of Defense, experts on family well-being and community organizations. It earned the “People’s Choice” distinction after receiving nearly 17,000 votes during a seven-week public voting period
The Foundation is committed to supporting military families in the pursuit of higher education, establishing a tradition of community service and encouraging professional career paths. Each year, it awards 10 four-year scholarships of up to $50,000 to graduating high school students, and up to 20 $5,000 grants to spouses in any phase of education. More than $3 million in scholarships and grants have been awarded since 2006.
The Foundation also runs an Adopt-a-Charity Program and works with each Picerne Military Housing installation team to identify local charities for “adoption” by the organization. Picerne Military Housing is an active member of the Rhode Island philanthropic community and has recently supported The Leader Institute’s Build-A-Bike program, Ronald McDonald House and Habitat for Humanity.