National Library Services, NLS Veterans’ Benefits

The National Library Services (NLS) offers a free braille and talking books library service program for veterans and residents of the United States. By law, veterans receive preference for these library services. Veterans and residents with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical challenge that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page are eligible for special reading materials and library services. The Rhode Island Talking Books Library (TBL) provides these services to local veterans and residents with its accessible library resources. If you believe you may be eligible (Eligibility Requirements) for this program, please fill out a TBL Application Form to take advantage of the services TBL provides.

State of Rhode Island Office of Library & Information Services

YMCA Culinary Academy – October 2017

Last chance for teens 14-19 to sign up for our Culinary Academy work readiness program!

The program meets Monday and Wednesday from 3:30-5:00pm at Providence Youth Services (640 Broad Street). We still have openings and we would love to fill those positions before next week!


  • Program is FREE to participants
  • Ages 14-19
  • Please fill out and return the application to Providence Youth Services (640 Broad St)
  • ONLY 12 SPOTS available per session
  • Food tasting, snacks and dinner included at every session!
  • Learn resume and interview skills from industry professionals


WHEN:                        Begins October 16, 2017

TIME:                           Monday and Wednesday 3:30-5:00 PM

LOCATION:                 PROVIDENCE YOUTH SERVICES 640 Broad St. Providence, RI 02908 (401) 456-0604


Teens can stop by our branch to fill out or drop off the application. We will continue to accept applications until the program is full.

Culinary Academy Application

SNAP Outreach in the Community – October 2017

URI SNAP Outreach workers are in the community seven days a week to provide application assistance to Rhode Islanders. Find our weekly calendar of sites on our website or reach us on the SNAP Outreach Hotline1-866-306-0270

If you would like request SNAP Outreach workers to visit your site to help clients apply for SNAP, or to schedule a SNAP training for your staff click here.

SNAP Income Guidelines Changes – October 2017

Each year on October 1, the federal government adjusts the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) income guidelines used to determine eligibility. Below are the 2017-2018 gross and net income guidelines for SNAP.

gross income 2018

net income 2018

As a result of these changes, we’ve updated our outreach materials. Please be sure to take down any outdated materials in your location, and replace with the updated materials. You’ll find links to the documents below. If you would like to request any of our print materials, please fill out the form here, and for the complete list of available materials, click here.

SNAP Eligibility Guidelines
Recent SNAP Policy and Procedural Changes September 2017
Do you know someone that could use a little help buying food? – SNAP eligibility pamphlet
What happens next? SNAP application process booklet
SNAP Facts by Population – SNAP policy booklet
How to access case information through the DHS Automated Information line*Please note that the changes to the Automated Information line reflected in this flyer will go into effect in early October.
How to Replace an EBT Card
SNAP Outreach Display Card

Providence Preservation Society’s Annual Festival of Historic Houses

Don’t miss the Providence Preservation Society’s annual Festival of Historic Houses on Saturday, June 3, which focuses on the Elmwood neighborhood this year.

And the Preview Party the night before will give you an opportunity to take a close look at the Webster Knight house just down the street from Knight Memorial Library.  Some of the proceeds from this event will be donated to PCL for the preparation work needed to restore Knight Memorial, so please help spread the word.

PVD Fest Finale Party

A Castle for the People

Artists, performers and community groups unite for PVDFest grand finale at the Cranston Street Armory

Part of inspiration behind PVDFest is to activate Providence’s public spaces and neighborhoods – and that means all neighborhoods. That’s why after the biggest party of the year happens Downtown on Saturday, June 3, the festival will head west on Sunday, June 4 for a finale party of salsa music, food AND art trucks, and a large-scale pop-up parade / performance led by FirstWorks featured artist Daniel Bernard Roumain. We can’t think of a better way to close out the best weekend of the summer so round up your family, friends (and a blanket or lawn chair) — but first get a preview of the day’s events on the PVDFest blog:

2017 City of Providence Summer Employment Program



This is the online application for the 2017 City of Providence Summer Employment Program

  1. All summer employment candidates MUST apply online to be considered for a position. No paper applications will be accepted.
  2. You must be at least 14 years old as of June 15, 2017 to qualify for employment.
  3. The deadline for applications is midnight, May 3, 2017. NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
  4. Preference in hiring will be given to qualified residents of the City of Providence.
  5. All positions will be filled without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, veteran status, disability or sexual orientation.
  6. Selected applications will be contacted via email only. Please note that you must have a personal email address that you check often for updates. If you need help setting up or accessing your email, the City of Providence Recreation Staff is available to assist you.
  7. If offered a position, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires you to furnish proof of your employment eligibility and your identity. Proof of identity will require two forms of identification which must be presented before your first day of employment. Applicants selected for employment will receive step-by-step instructions and important dates upon notification of acceptance via email.


Summer Fellowship Supporting Neighborhood Sustainability Engagement

Sustainability Fellowship
Neighborhood Sustainability Engagement
Providence, RI

The City of Providence offers a variety of programs and services for residents and community organizations to take action to increase sustainability and resilience in their neighborhoods. For example, residents can request a street tree planting, join a Friends of Park group, or a host, a neighborhood block party. However, accessing these resources often means navigating an opaque, complex process, which. is an impediment to Providence residents .

The Neighborhood Sustainability Engagement Fellow will work with the Office of Sustainability to create a useful guide about relevant City programs to support communitydriven efforts that promote and increase sustainability throughout Providence. Specific tasks will include the following:

  • Work with City staff to identify and compile programs and services that support more vibrant and sustainable neighborhoods
  • Work closely with community members, activists, and leaders to identify and create the appropriate format(s) for the guide. This could include video, infographics, coloring books, pamphlets, and/or handbooks.
  • Creating content for the guide. This will, among other things, likely entail working with Public Works, the Parks Department, Planning, and other City Departments to “map” and clarify the processes and requirements for each program, and to fill gaps where clear standards and procedures do not currently exist.
  • Creating material to promote and distribute the final product/s.

This project provides an excellent opportunity to immerse oneself in a wide range of sustainability issues and topics from community engagement, to policy and program development, to tangible energy, waste, and transportation strategies. It will also offer an in-depth perspective and understanding of the intersection of government and community organizing; a critical frontier of creating positive change in a community. In addition, it is a chance to make a lasting and direct contribution to sustainability in Providence—and, since the goal is to develop the guide as a template so other cities could plug in their own programs and replicate the resource, an impact in other local communities as well.

Location: Office of Sustainability, City of Providence
Time commitment: 40 hours per week, June 5-August 18, 2017
Compensation: $6000 stipend

Desired Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability and comfort in synthesizing complex systems
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing; ideally, a portfolio that includes similar types
    of work (guides/outreach materials designed to clarify a complicated process to a
    lay audience).
  • The ability to listen effectively and “lead from behind”
  • Experience and comfort working with a broad and diverse array of stakeholders
  • Experience in graphic design and multi-media preferred but not required.
  • Experience in community organizing and/or local government likewise preferred.
  • Local knowledge of and experience working in Providence preferred.
  • Academic background in related field/s (e.g. marketing or public relations, policy
    or planning, etc).

UNHSI Sustainability program eligibility:
Graduate students, exceptional undergraduate students, and recent graduates are eligible.
We will encourage, but not require, an academic sponsor or reference for each fellow,
and where possible we will ask that course credits are awarded.

Supervision, Training, Mentoring and Evaluation
This fellow will receive supervision from Providence Sustainability Director Leah
Bamberger, as well as mentoring and extensive professional development offerings from

Fellows will be expected to participate in three MANDATORY events:

  • A three-day, two-night orientation in Durham, NH, May 31st – June 2nd. Lodging
    and food are provided; Fellows are responsible for any associated travel costs.
  • Midterm project presentations to UNHSI staff, faculty and relevant project
    partners (can be done remotely).
  • A summative evaluation and feedback session at the end of their placement

Apply by February 17th at