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State Farm Neighborhood Assist Initiative

Have you ever wanted to help your community with a problem but didn’t know where to start? Maybe it’s a run-down park or to help the impoverished in your community.  Now, YOU have the power to fix it.  State Farm Neighborhood Assist wants to help identify and address key issues faced by consumers throughout the United States and parts of Canada. Read More

Neighborhood Development Fund Grants

LISC Awards $438,830 to Four Rhode Island Financial Opportunity Centers

LISC recently awarded $438,830 to three organizations to operate Financial Opportunity Centers (FOC) for a 4th year.  The FOCs are located at Amos House, The Genesis Center and Providence Housing Authority in Providence, and Family Resources Community Action in Woonsocket.

FOCs implement an integrated service delivery model.  Clients receive services in three key areas: Financial coaching and training, employment coaching and training and assistance accessing public benefits.

The three services are bundled, creating a multi-faceted approach to income and wealth building that helps people change their financial behavior in ways that encourage a long-term commitment to increasing income, decreasing expenses and acquiring assets. 68% of clients who receive all three services achieve a key financial outcome such as an increase in credit score, an increase in net income and/or an increase in net worth.

Rhode Island Early Learning Facility Survey

Click here to learn more about the Rhode Island Early Learning Facility Needs Assessment.

Woonsocket, RI - Part 1: How a small city made big changes

When the factories closed, Woonsocket, Rhode Island could easily have followed the declining spiral of other small manufacturing cities in New England, with shuttered storefronts on Main Street and once-grand townhomes abandoned. Read More

Woonsocket, RI - Part 2: Re-opening Main Street

As investors and small businesses began to pay attention to the city of Woonsocket, RI, some were discouraged by the vacant properties along Main Street. Read More

Rhode Island CDC tackles 70 years of street prostitution

Community Development Corporations (CDCs) typically tackle the basic building blocks of neighborhood life: refurbishing affordable housing, developing community spaces, supporting small businesses. Read More

Summer Bike Adventure In Heart of Olneyville


Kids get bikes, take part in camp

By Patricia Daddona, August 23, 2013

Sixty children participated ride this summer in the Red Shed Bike Shop’s first Bike Camp.

Each participant received their own bicycle from the bike shop, a lock for the bike and a helmet to keep. Funding from Rhode Island Local Initiative Support Corporation & Citizens Bank Growing Communities Grant, the Providence Department of Recreation and the R.I. Department of Health enabled most of the children to participate on scholarships – many riding a bike for the first time. Read More


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