Providence, R.I. (June 25, 2018) In support of creating
positive, long-lasting change in the community it calls home, United Way of
Rhode Island (UWRI) has awarded $90,000 in grants to eight local organizations
through its special Olneyville Community Fund.
Established in 2008 when UWRI relocated its headquarters to
Olneyville from Providence’s East Side, the Olneyville Community Fund was
established to help community-based organizations implement programs that
benefit local residents and businesses, and support a thriving neighborhood. In
particular, the fund focuses on supporting the following results:
Improving access to key services for residents;
Increasing the capacity of organizations to deliver key
services to local residents;
Improved awareness and advocacy around issues impacting
Olneyville and its residents;
Enhancing the physical environment of Olneyville’s public
Improving the sense of community between Olneyville
residents and community partners.
“Over the past decade, we have seen tremendous change
throughout Olneyville as a result of the investments we’ve made thanks to the
generosity of our donors,” said Anthony Maione, president and CEO of United Way
of Rhode Island. “When we moved here, our goal was to become a catalyst in revitalizing
the community – and as proud as we are of the progress made, we are equally
excited about the impact these latest grants will have on the lives of our
The eight organizations to receive grants and their funded
Center for Resilience ($5,700): Working with 1st graders and
teachers at William D’Abate Elementary School, the organization will teach
social and emotional learning through mindfulness-based techniques focused on
stress reduction, emotional regulation, perseverance, and resilience.
Clinica Esperanza/Hope Clinic ($15,000): Bridging the
(Health Equity) Gap (BTG) will bring health screenings, comprehensive primary
care and health education to uninsured Olneyville residents.
Manton Avenue Project ($7,500): Funding will support the
delivery of year-round, after school playwriting courses offered tuition free
to young people in Olneyville, culminating in public play festivals of
Manton Avenue Project ($15,000): Having long dreamed of a
theatre in Olneyville, grant will enable the organization to partner with the
Wilbury Theatre Group to develop a 2,500 sq/ft rehearsal studio in a new venue
off Delaine Street, creating a shared Olneyville Community Performance Space.
Meeting Street ($10,000): Grant will support the school’s
Olneyville Kindergarten Readiness Program, a free, six-week
kindergarten-readiness curriculum focusing on language, literacy and numeracy
skills through customized teacher instruction.
ONE Neighborhood Builders ($10,000): As a member
organization, UWRI supports the objectives of the Olneyville Collaborative, a
group of 25 organizations, businesses and resident leaders working together to
strengthen the social fabric of the neighborhood.
Providence Community Library ($7,300): Funds will support a
partnership between PCL and Libraries Without Borders to connect hard-to-reach
Olneyville residents to legal information and resources through pop-up legal
resource centers throughout the community.
Providence Housing Authority ($12,000): Awarded grant will
enable PHA to expand its digital literacy program, Get Connected RI, to serve
Manton Heights residents and the Olneyville community at large. The program
addresses the identified need for computer instruction and access to technology
among low-income residents.
House ($7,500): Funding will support the placement of a bilingual victim
advocate at Sojourner House’s Olneyville Community-Based Domestic and Sexual
Violence Services program at the Clinica Esperanza/Hope Clinic. The advocate
will provide one-on-one support, advocacy, education, crisis intervention, and
support groups to victims of domestic and sexual violence from the Olneyville