2023 Common Good Awards

Our sixth annual Common Good Awards recognize six Rhode Island businesses of all sizes that inspire philanthropy in their employees around the state.


Winner, large category: 250–plus employees

Location: East Providence, universityorthopedics.com

Local orthopedic care provider. 


Courtesy of University Orthopedics.

University Orthopedics has a volunteer time off program for full- and part-time employees, giving team members a chance to give back to the community using paid time off each year to participate in a volunteer activity of their choice. The policy provides an incentive for employees to volunteer their time in situations where they would not otherwise do so.


Courtesy of University Orthopedics.

University Orthopedics also established a charitable giving committee that supports the local community and is engaged in charitable work through monetary donations and company-wide involvement. Each year, the committee assists Crossroads Rhode Island in a back-to-school event, providing more than 250 backpacks and school supplies for Rhode Island’s children in need. Committee members also sponsor fifteen families during the holiday season, giving more than 400 gifts for the Comprehensive Community Action Program in Cranston. They also participate in a yearly 5K run in honor of Dr. Mark Palumbo, a renowned spine surgeon who died in September 2019. He was a beloved member of the University Orthopedics family and a pillar of the community. All proceeds from the 5K are donated to a charitable organization. The last two years’ proceeds benefitted the Tomorrow Fund. “The nominees all had a long list of doing great things, but we prefer to recognize someone who maybe isn’t always in the spotlight,” says Lauren Paola, outreach and events manager at the Rhode Island Foundation. 


Courtesy of University Orthopedics.

“It is inspiring to see so many local businesses go above and beyond to encourage and enable their employees to give back to the community in a meaningful way.” —Lauren Paola