Neighborhood News

July 2024


Olneyville Neighborhood Association hosts legal clinic

In partnership with the Student Clinic for Immigrant Justice, the Olneyville Neighborhood Association (ONA) is hosting a pro se asylum legal clinic this summer. During this clinic, volunteers will help screen individuals for asylum eligibility and complete I-589 applications for eligible applicants. With only 5.9 percent of individuals from Rhode Island in immigration court able to find representation, this clinic presents a unique opportunity to support a large number of applications in a short time frame, and ONA is proud to make this effort possible.

Help ONA raise funds at Troop Top at the WaterFire Arts Center on August 29, a series that serves as a fundraiser for featured non-profit organizations, such as ONA, aligning with WaterFire Providence’s commitment to the Providence and Rhode Island community. All are welcome to attend for an exciting summer of world-class art experiences, camaraderie, and giving back.


Volunteer drivers needed in Summit neighborhood

Summit Neighborhood Association’s (SNA)
annual community yard sale will be happening over two days this year, for the first time, from September 14-15, 9am-1pm each day. Participants may choose to hold their yard sales either or both days. Add your sale to the map by registering online at

Neighborhood volunteers continue to assist the Mount Hope Community Center with their work distributing groceries on Fridays to residents in need, as well as assisting Your Neighborhood Food Pantry. More volunteers are needed, especially with food deliveries on Fridays. Contact to join the volunteer email list, and attend an open-to-the-public meeting on the third Monday of the month, held in the Sopkin Auditorium at Miriam Hospital and on Zoom.


The North End invites neighbors to join new association

In Providence’s North End neighborhood, encompassing the Charles and Wanskuck sections, residents have embarked on the initial stages of forming the first-ever North End Neighborhood Association (NENA). Every third Saturday of the month at 9am, neighbors gather at the Wanskuck Library to lay the groundwork. The collective vision behind NENA is to keep North End residents informed about local developments, provide a platform for community enhancement projects, and establish a central hub for sharing neighborhood updates.

Moreover, a neighborhood association like NENA could serve as a crucial accountability mechanism for elected officials, offering essential advocacy and support to the community. It would have the capacity to implement programs and initiatives aimed at enhancing neighborhood safety, creating vibrant spaces for children, establishing crime watch programs, and providing valuable training opportunities for residents. If you reside in the North End and share an enthusiasm for this initiative, NENA invites you to join their next meeting to help shape the future of the neighborhood together.


FPNA announces personnel change

After more than seven years of service to the Fox Point Neighborhood Association (FPNA), Amy Mendillo has stepped down from the position of director of communications and operations. As Fox Point neighbors may know, Mendillo was responsible for FPNA’s advocacy communications, including its newsletters and issue alerts, letters of position, and monthly Neighborhood News contributions in Providence Monthly. “We are profoundly grateful to Amy Mendillo for the extraordinary attention and knowledge she applied to every challenge of her work with FPNA,” says FPNA president Lily Bogosian. “Amy strives for excellence in matters great and small. She set a high standard for service to the board, the members, and the Fox Point community at large.”

The position has been assumed by Peter Phipps, who was a newspaper reporter, editor, and web manager for 45 years. He retired from The Providence Journal as deputy executive editor in 2017. Since then, he has been teaching journalism at the University of Rhode Island, tending his garden, and leading a Providence history tour. “I have lived in the neighborhood since 2003, when my wife and I bought an old house on Transit Street,” he says. “After several renovations, there are still few right angles. The house, like the neighborhood, is unique, and that’s what we like about it.” FPNA is grateful to Mendillo for her service and sorry to see her go, while at the same time delighted to welcome Phipps to the team. Join neighbors at the July meeting to greet Phipps and discuss neighborhood issues.



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