The 2020 Common Good Awards

These four local businesses inspire philanthropy in their employees around the state.


Winner, small category: 10–49 employees
Location: Wakefield,
A design-build team for residential remodeling with specialties that range from bathrooms and decks to full kitchen renovations and modest additions.

DiStefano Brothers Construction can build the perfect kitchen, and they are teaching future generations how to build the perfect kitchen, too. One of the company’s main initiatives is a six-week summer camp program offered through the YWCA, called Rosie’s Girls, that teaches middle school girls basic carpentry skills. Who knows how many Joanna Gaineses they may be inspiring?

The design-build team focuses on residential modeling, and specializes in kitchen, bathroom and interior renovations. The business has been a part of the local community since it was founded in 2014. Employees are encouraged to give back by pitching particular causes that interest them and staff is expected to support efforts.

Some initiatives have included handcrafting a bench and donating it to a silent auction to benefit the Domestic Violence Resource Center, replacing a rotted floor at the South County Museum and participating in a fall clean-up day for the South Kingstown Land Trust. Employees support many different community organizations through donations, time and participation, from the Johnnycake Center to the South Kingstown Little League. They have even handed refreshments to road racers, including two fellow coworkers, at the Narragansett Marathon.

Judges for the Common Good Awards noted that they were “impressed by their creativity in executing help in the community.” Looking at its track record, it’s clear DiStefano Brothers Construction is proficient in building things and building community.

Did you know: DiStefano Brothers Construction participates in Rosie’s Girls, a six-week summer camp that teaches middle school girls basic carpentry skills. DiStefano Brothers won Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Choice Awards for Best Employer and Solidarity.