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

PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT

2017 SUMMER EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION


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.

APPLY ONLINE NOW

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
UNHSI.

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 www.sustainableunh.unh.edu/sustainability-fellows

Join the Mayor for a Neighborhood Conversation in the Park

conversationinthepark

Join Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and Councilwoman Carmen Castillo for a Neighborhood Conversation in the Park.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Roger Williams Park
at the corner of Miller and Broad St. entrance
1000 Elmwood Ave
Providence, RI 02905

Food/Refreshments Provided

For More Information:
Grace Diaz
401 421-2489 ext.5766

Planting on Adelaide Avenue/Gorham

treeI hope everyone is having a good summer.  No news yet on the DEM Open Space grant that the City Parks Department applied for to begin building the park on the former Gorham site.  BUT – earlier in the year I told you all about a tree planting grant that Groundwork received to plant 80 trees around Mashapaug Pond.

We already did one planting of 20 trees in the spring at the Community Boathouse next to the pond behind the new Save-A-Lot.

We are gearing up for the second planting of 60 trees this fall – and need your help!  We will be planting a large number of trees on the Gorham property itself right at the property line where Crescent Street and Adelaide Avenue meet – building that stand of trees back up, since during the remediation a number of trees had to be taken down.

The City Forester, Doug Still, also gave the green light to plant trees along Adelaide Avenue itself – on both sides of the street (school side and homes side).  I will be going door to door on the street next week to check in with residents about these plans – we won’t plant in front of someone’s house if they don’t want us to.  It may be that we could also do some planting on the upper part of Crescent St. and Downing St. as well if there is interest.

I’ve heard from some of you – Ana, Diane, Ricardo, and others – that there is interest in more street trees in the neighborhood.  If you have any further ideas of locations where trees would be welcome – please let me know!

We will be looking for neighborhood volunteers to help plant the trees in the fall – we are currently looking atSaturday, September 24, 2016 as the date, but that is not yet confirmed.  There will be volunteers from TD Bank as well (who provided the funding), and we will be inviting Alvarez high school students and staff to volunteer as well.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns or ideas!

Thanks –

Amelia

Amelia Rose
Executive Director
Groundwork Providence
1005 Main Street #1223
Pawtucket, RI 02860

(401) 559-2204 (cell) *preferred
(401) 305-7174 (office)

arose@groundworkprovidence.org
www.groundworkprovidence.org