Imagine Providence

Hear the voices of people boldly and creatively tackling social issues in Providence and explore how you can be part of the story.

  • October 23, 2014
    Imagine:

    Clinica Esperanza/Hope Clinic is a place for all members of the Providence communtiy to be and become healthy. By providing linguistically- and culturally-sensitive medical care, Clincia Esperanza's volunteers create a welcoming and friendly environment for uninsured adults to walk in and receive treatment. In addition to providing traditional care, Clinica Esperanza also focuses on chronic disease prevention by transforming its space into a Zumba studio and implementing nutrition education programs.

    Volunteer Medical Director and Founder Dr. Annie De Groot shares how Clinica Esperanza's committed crew of volunteers are making health more accessible to Rhode Islanders.

    Clinica Esperanza/Hope Clinic
  • October 23, 2014
    Imagine:

    When you walk through the door of Recycle-A-Bike (RAB), right off of Olneyville Square, you enter a microcosm of Providence where people from all walks of life build relationships by teaching and learning all about the used bicycles they are refurbishing. As a volunteer-based bike cooperative, RAB gives anyone the opportunity to earn a bike or fix a bike in exchange for their time. In addition to providing an Open Shop for people to learn how to fix their bikes, RAB sells refurbished bicycles, teaches Build-A-Bike courses, trains highschool students to be bike mechanics, provides tune-ups at farmers markets, and more!

    Patrick McEvoy, executive director of RAB, invites you to celebrate RAB's vision for a community connected by bicycles.

    Recycle-A-Bike
  • October 23, 2014
    Imagine:

    WIth 93 parks in the City of Providence, the Partnership for Providence Parks cultivates strong relationships between these parks and their surrounding neighborhoods. Through partnerships with city offices, community organizations, and community members, the Partnership for Providence Parks makes these parks the epicenter of community activity through PlayCorps, concerts, and other festivities. Ensuring that both children and adults feel happy and safe in their neighborhood park gives the Providence community an abundance of places to get together and have a good time.

    Wendy Nilson, the executive director and founder of the Partnership for Providence Parks, shares how Providence residents are reclaiming their outdoor spaces.

    Partnership for Providence Parks
  • September 2, 2014
    Imagine:

    For almost 40 years, Sojourner House has been a powerful resource and advocate for victims of abuse in Providence. With weekly support groups in both English and Spanish, available shelter, and comprehensive educational programming, Sojourner House empowers members from the community of any age, race, gender, and culture to recognize and recover from abuse.

    Executive Director Vanessa Volz discusses how it is a safe space for victims of abuse and strives to make Providence a space safe from abuse.

    Sojourner House