One of the things that make us proud to live in Providence is how much our citizens care for one another. Providence is home to some of the most active charities that provide support, resources, and opportunities for the less fortunate. The holiday season is a wonderful time to get involved with some of these incredible organizations. Here are just some of our favorite charities around the city to consider supporting this year:
- Read To Succeed: Founded in 2008, Read to Succeed provides educational support to disadvantaged children around Providence. Supported by an administrative grant fund, 100% of your donations go directly to the children they support. If you’d like to provide further support, on Saturday, December 8, 2018, Providence Performing Arts Center is hosting a fundraiser to provide awareness about the program and raise money. The event will feature food and drinks and a musical performance Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and Conductor Keith Lockhart
- Crossroads: Is an organization that provides housing, job placement assistance, and emergency services to disadvantaged families around Rhode Island. They also have shelters to provide safe places for homeless families to stay. They are currently accepting financial donations, as well as donations of food, clothing, and personal products. If you’d like to make a donation, you can find the complete list of their needs on their website here.
- Providence Preservation Society: A charity that is dear to our hearts is the Providence Preservation Society. They not only support the preservation of the beautiful historic buildings and homes around the city, but they also offer education programs and city planning advocacy to ensure the wonderful history of our city can be enjoyed by all citizens.
There are so many amazing Providence residents doing great work for our community, we couldn’t highlight them all. However, here is a list of some of the other charities around Providence that will need your support:
- AIDS Project Rhode Island: Provides HIV testing, education on HIV/AIDS and prevention, and funding and support for those who are HIV positive and fall under the poverty line
- Amos House: Provides job training and retraining programs, employment assistance, and 90-day transitional housing for disadvantaged people.
- Books Are Wings: Teaches literacy education and provides books to low-income children. They also host book parties and activities at local libraries to encourage a life-long love of reading.
- Child and Family: Supports at-risk children and families with substance abuse counseling, home health services, child care, and overnight housing.
- Farm Fresh Rhode Island: Works to increase access to fresh healthy foods, limit the environmental damage of food production, and support small, local food businesses.
- Genesis Center: Provides education, job training, and support services to immigrants, refugees and low-income families in the Providence area.
- Girls on the Run: Offering a running-based curriculum, girls aged from third to eighth grade are inspired to build confidence, pursue their goals, and stay healthy.
- Hope and Main: As a culinary business incubator, they help launch small businesses, as well as providing nutritional education and healthy eating around the city.
- Rhode Island Community Food Bank: Supports over 167 food agencies around the city and provides millions of pounds of food to disadvantaged families around Providence.
- The Tomorrow Fund: Provides both financial and emotional support to children suffering from cancer and their families.
The holiday season is a wonderful time to give, but many of these charities need our support year-round. So even if you can’t support them all this season, remember them after the new year. The more we work together to help one another, the more Providence thrives.