Links: Advocacy Groups

This is where we list advocacy groups in Providence. We define an advocacy group as one that is not state funded, but funded by private money or grants. If you don’t see a venue that you love, or if a link is broken, contact us.

Advocacy Groups

Apeiron Institute :: The Institute is a 55 acre farm out in Coventry, RI, which showcases ideas of sustainable living. They host forums and workshops dedicated to teaching people green alternatives.

Citywide Green: A Providence Greenspace Alliance :: Brings together residents and organizations to advocate for the creation, preservation, maintenance and programming of our public spaces.

Our mission and goals outline a number of initiatives for the city to take to address the future of our public spaces. You can help us reach our goals. We believe that we can have public spaces that are assets to our neighborhoods by developing effective partnerships with local residents and city departments.

Clean Water Action :: A national citizens’ organization working for clean, safe and affordable water, prevention of health-threatening pollution, creation of environmentally-safe jobs and businesses, and empowerment of people to make democracy work.

Farm Fresh RI :: FFRI manages farmers’ markets throughout Northern RI. These markets are the crossroads of urban and rural, giving city dwellers access to fresh local foods and the people who grow them and vibrant life to public spaces.

FFRI develops searchable web resources for finding seasonal foods, farms and markets in Rhode Island. Farmers can update the information about what they are growing and how they sell. Their FreshLink service lets farmers tell restaurants and food service the quantities, pricing and delivery logistics for what is fresh in their fields that week.

FFRI hosts workshops like the Local Food Forum and farmers’ market info sessions to share ideas and promote networking between farmers, advocates, chefs, schools and food service.

GroundWork Providence :: Bike Downtown :: Bike Downtown, an initiative of the Providence Foundation, the City of Providence and Groundwork Providence, is making biking to work a safer and more pleasant experience for cyclists and motorists. Bike Downtown is funded by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.

Grow Smart RI :: Grow Smart Rhode Island is a statewide public interest group representing a broad coalition of partners fighting sprawl and leading the charge for better-managed growth through innovative policies and programs to revitalize city, town and village centers, preserve cultural and natural resources, and expand economic opportunity for all Rhode Islanders.

People’s Power and Light :: RI’s only non-profit organization devoted to energy issues pertaining to the environment and small energy consumers.

P.I.P.S. :: The Providence Institute for Psychogeographic Studies works to facilitate and create actions and adventures that exercise human potential in new and inventive ways. They host a variety of public events throughout the year with the intention of getting people to expand the way they interact with their city.

The Providence Revolving Fund :: The Providence Revolving Fund is a non-profit organization that is directly involved in the revitalization of historic neighborhoods and commercial areas in the city through rehabilitation loans, ownership, development, and sale of property. The Revolving Fund is also in the process of setting up a salvage shop that will be open to the public.

Recycle-a-Bike :: Free Workshops on Bike Repair/Rebuilding. Volunteer for 4 or more hours and get a free bike!

Rhode Island Brewery History :: A small but growing personal collection of RI brewerania. Photos and descriptions for the person who needs to know everything about Ri, Beer, and the obscure brands we produced back in the day.

Southside Community Land Trust :: Committed to the belief that city dwellers are entitled to a healthy environment. Community gardens and educational programs that emphasize responsibility for the environment are offered.

Woonasquatucket River Greenway Project :: The Greenway Project is a catalyst for renewal along the Woonasquatucket River in Providence. The green linear park will revitalize a major hidden natural resource in the west side of the city and become a destination for neighborhood residents and people across the city and state. A bicycle / pedestrian path will link recreational sites and green spaces in the Manton, Hartford, Olneyville, Valley and Smith Hill neighborhoods to Waterplace Park in downtown Providence.

Neighborhood CDCs

College Hill Neighborhood Association :: The CHNA tracks local district issues affecting residents of College Hill, including expansion plans that Brown and RISD might have. Notices about meetings and zoning board hearings are posted. Hot issues include property taxes, overnight parking, and enforcement of the College Hill Institutional Zone.

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:: (formerly Greater Elmwood Neighborhood Services and The Elmwood Foundation) Dedicated to a community plan that includes restoring historic homes and buildings, improving the safety and beauty of the streets, and preserving Elmwood’s tradition of welcoming people of all incomes, origins, and beliefs.

Downtown Neighborhood Alliance :: Providing people who live and/or work in Providence with a strong residential voice. DNA says they can help develop a diverse, safe, and civil environment throughout downtown Providence by collaborating with the Mayor and key decision-makers to heighten the quality-of-life and image of our city.

Jewelry District Association :: The JDA keeps track of current events that effect residents and businesses of the Jewelry District. It also has an extensive history of the area, which has helped us with research of certain properties. They also help make sure new construction or rehab construction conforms to the design standards and guidelines for this Historic District.

Pawtucket Community Development Corporation :: Pawtucket and Central Fall’s CDC, working in the Broad Street neighborhood and beyond for affordable housing and the improvement of community housing and green space.

Summit Neighborhood Association :: The SNA is an non-profit, grassroots organization of the residents of the Summit Neighborhood on the East Side of Providence.

West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation :: A private, not-for profit community-based organization that promotes a healthy, sustainable community in the West End of Providence through cultivating and enabling home ownership. They help build and renovate homes, attract resources into the neighborhood, and invest in the most important resource – the diverse people, who live, work and support the community.