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Broadband Access is a Health and Social Justice Issue — Episode 437 of the Community Broadband Bits Podcast

by Ry Marcattilio-McCracken Jennifer Hawkins, President and Executive Director of ONE|NB and Christopher Mitchell of the Institute for Local Self Reliance discuss the Olneyville neighborhood, situated on the west side of Providence, and how significant health disparities in that community led ONE|NB to jump into action over the summer to build a free wireless network for the residents. Jennifer and Christopher talk about mapping the network, placing hardware on ONE|NB-owned buildings, and putting up 12 access points to cover more than half of the community with robust wireless. She shares why the project’s been worth it, and the health outcomes they…
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November 24, 2020
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Free Community Wi-Fi as a Health Imperative in One Providence, Rhode Island Neighborhood

Thu, November 12, 2020 |  by Ry Marcattilio-McCracken Originally posted on November 12, 2020 at Muninetworks.org When the pandemic hit American shores this past spring and cities around the country began to practice social distancing procedures, Rhode Island-based nonprofit One Neighborhood Builders (ONB) Executive Director Jennifer Hawkins quickly realized that many of those in her community were going to be hit hard. As spring turned to summer, this proved especially to be the case in the Olneyville neighborhood in west-central Providence, where Covid-19 cases surged among low-income residents with fewer options to get online to work, visit the doctor, and…
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November 13, 2020
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ONE|NB launches community WiFi network in Olneyville

“The internet is a public utility – No one questions whether you should have access to clean water and heat and so forth, right? For so long we just considered the internet to be a luxury, a convenience. But it really has absolutely transcended that at this point in time.“ October 7, 2020 Steve Ahlquist Upriseri.com ONE Neighborhood Builders has achieved its fundraising goal of $200,000 to launch ONE Neighborhood Connects, a mesh WiFi network that will cover five million square feet in Olneyville and provide approximately 4000 neighborhood residents with access to free, high-speed internet. The WiFi mesh will be live…
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October 8, 2020
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ONE|NB Names Three to Board of Directors

ONE Neighborhood Builders is pleased to welcome the recent appointments of Ann Baccari, Lorraine Lalli, and Jordan Durham to its Board of Directors! What a great start to 2018! Read more about this below! New Board Members Ann Baccari Baccari is the Chief Financial Officer of The Journey of Hope, Health and Healing, Inc. of Warwick, RI. She has 30 years of public accounting experience, including 20 years focused on accounting for non-profit organizations. A Narragansett resident, Ann holds a BS in Accounting from Bryant University. Lorraine Lalli Lalli, a resident of the Summit Neighborhood of Providence, is currently the…
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January 3, 2018
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Amherst Garden Open House

On Friday, December 1st. One Neighborhood Builders had Amherst Gardens Open House & Ribbon Cutting Event. Foreclosed and abandoned properties that had become magnets for criminal activity in Olneyville were targeted for inclusion in Amherst Gardens, ONE Neighborhood Builders’ newest development. ONE|NB purchased 13 distressed properties for Amherst Gardens, and they were “strategically selected” for their nuisance effect, high visibility, proximity to existing ONE|NB properties, and the positive impact their improvement would have on surrounding homes. Eight buildings had to be demolished and replaced with new homes; the others were renovated. The result of the $10.4 million development is 36…
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December 6, 2017
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Five Questions With Jennifer Hawkins

Jennifer Hawkins | Executive director, ONE Neighborhood Builders 1. What are your top priorities? My top priority is being a responsible steward of the resources the community has entrusted to ONE Neighborhood Builders. Our real estate development work helps protect the natural resources of this community, and we must ensure that the scarce financial resources available to ONE|NB are used responsibly to realize the greatest impact. 2. What inspired you to pursue a career in community development? I am very pragmatic, and this career path provides a genuine opportunity to create positive change that is tangible and meaningful. At its best, community…
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August 18, 2017
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Get a Free Ride to a Farmers’ Market on the Veggie Van

This summer and fall, you can get a free trip to Farmers’ Markets around Providence on the Veggie Van, an Olneyville Health Equity Zone program organized in partnership with Farm Fresh RI. The van will stop at Manton Heights, Olneyville Community Health, Olneyville Food Pantry, and Clinica Esperanza. To see a full list of dates, times, and markets, click here.