Nick Vuono was a local resident (1926-1984) who dedicated his life to giving to those in need in the community. He had a long history of charity work including his work with Toys for Tots, making contributions to the Westerly Public Library, various needs at the Westerly High School, fundraisers for the Cancer Fund, donations to the YMCA, to name a few.
In 1978 as President of the Fraternal Order of Police Associates Lodge No. 10, Nick founded the FOPA scholarship which to date has awarded over $100,000 to seniors graduating from Westerly High School. His ongoing work always included fund raisers and contributions to the Olean Center as he valued their non-profit work with the developmentally disabled. During his lifetime Nick was recognized by the Chamber of Commerce as their Citizen of the year (1981) and was the recipient of the 1982 Jefferson Award.