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Bridging the digital divide

Guest post by Madelyn Lazorchak, Communications Writer, NeighborWorks America   In November, just before Thanksgiving, ONE Neighborhood Builders paraded through the streets of their community with an announcement, posted on signs and shouted from the back of a truck. "Free WiFi," they said. And then in Spanish, "Gratis WiFi." The announcement was for the community's new WiFi network, providing about 3,000 households in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island, with free high-speed internet. Almost immediately, Mirza Portillo's sons, Diego, 8, and Dylan, 11, were using that WiFi to connect to school, where officials instituted distance learning starting last March.…
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February 9, 2021
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ONE Neighborhood Builders Receives $20,000 to Expand COVID-19 Vaccine Education in Communities of Color

Funding is part of join community investment by Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation and Tufts Health Plan Foundation ONE Neighborhood Builders (ONE|NB) has announced that, in their first joint community investment, the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and Tufts Health Plan Foundation are giving $1 million to 42 organizations across the region to expand vaccine education, awareness, and outreach in communities of color. ONE|NB has received a grant of $20,000 to promote vaccination efforts in underserved populations in the 02908 and 02909 areas. Nine Rhode Island organizations will receive a total of $175,000 in funding. Just one month after Harvard Pilgrim…
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February 9, 2021
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Who to Watch 2021: Jennifer Hawkins, Executive Director, ONE Neighborhood Builders

"In 2021 I intend to not stay in my lane and to push boundaries,” proclaims Jennifer Hawkins. She’s got a head start on that New Year’s resolution. Last year, ONE Neighborhood Builders (ONB) – formerly known as Olneyville Housing Corporation for you “Take a left where the Almacs used to be” types – made a play into the 195 land. Their proposal for a 58-unit apartment building with a ground-floor childcare center won widespread acclaim, but was unfortunately not pushed forward by the 195 Commission. Hawkins, the executive director, remains undaunted. “Our proposal generated a lot of attention and I…
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January 28, 2021
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ONE|NB Awarded $600,000 by RI Foundation to Further HEZ Initiatives Addressing Social Determinants of Health

Left to right: Larry Warner (Strategic Initiative Officer: Healthy Lives, RI Foundation), Neil Steinberg (President & CEO, RI Foundation), Ana Novais (Executive Director, RIDOH), Jennifer Hawkins (Executive Director, ONE|NB), Robert McMahon (Board Chair, ONE|NB), Allyson Plantz (Chief of Staff, ONE|NB), Lorraine Lalli (Board member, ONE|NB), Rochelle Lee (Board member, ONE|NB), Elmer Stanley (Board member, ONE|NB), Allegra Scharff (Community Building Manager, ONE|NB), and Kimberly Dennin (AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer, ONE|NB). $3.6M in grants to combat health disparities announced by Rhode Island Foundation Article published by the Providence Journal on Friday, October 19, 2018. Read more about this story on Latino Public Radio, and PBN. By G. Wayne Miller Journal Staff Writer The grants,…
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October 23, 2018
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Here’s to 30 more!

One final BIG THANK YOU to all of the guests and sponsors that came out to support us last Friday in celebration of our 30th anniversary. It was a packed house and it was so wonderful to be with friends, family, and key community partners on such a special day! We have accomplished a lot over the last three decades because of your collaboration & support, and we are so excited to see what the future will hold. Hats off to: Roger Williams University, Food4Good, Lynch & Greenfield, LLP, Bank of America, Standard Communities, Ocean State Center for Independent Living (OSCIL), LISC Rhode Island, National Equity…
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September 24, 2018
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Long-Standing Collaboration Behind Another Successful Event in Olneyville

There are two stories to be told of the 5th annual Summer Safety Slam event held on August 8th at Joslin Parkin the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence.  One is about bringing residents and police together for a fun-filled, free evening in the park.  The second, and lesser told story, is of the longstanding collaborations that made this possible. For close to 20 years, Olneyville residents, community groups and local businesses have worked together to organize community initiatives through the Olneyville Collaborative.  Since the introduction of the Health Equity Zone initiative, these collaborations have grown stronger due to increased communication and…
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August 20, 2018
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Executive Director Participates in Forum on Revitalization and Gentrification in Providence

Last Friday, May 25th, ONE|NB's Jennifer Hawkins was one of several pivotal community leaders invited to participate in a forum on Revitalization and Gentrification in Providence. The event was held downtown at the Roger Williams University Providence campus, and moderated by Brenda Clement, Director of Housing Works RI. The presentation and discussion were focused on the first publication in the new Housing Works RI Scholar Series entitled "You Don't Have a Problem Until You Do: Revitalization and Gentrification in Providence, RI", by Fay Strongin. Other panelists included Teresa Guaba, of Providence Children & Youth Cabinet, Ana Novais, from the Rhode…
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June 1, 2018
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ONE|NB Receives $15,000 In Financial Literacy Charitable Contribution From Citizens Bank

Effort also leverages the financial expertise of more than 400 Citizens bankers who volunteer with local nonprofits to teach consumers how to manage their money better PROVIDENCE, RI -- As part of its ongoing commitment to give consumers the confidence and tools they need to reach their potential, Citizens Bank announced today that eight nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island will receive $140,000 in contributions as part of the Citizens Helping Citizens Manage Money financial literacy initiative. The Citizens Helping Citizens Manage Money program is a yearly effort by the bank to teach financial literacy throughout the communities it serves. This year, the…
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May 16, 2018
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ONE|NB Team Honored at 4th Annual State House Meet & Greet

Featured (left to right): Karelin Marcia, Stephen Kearns, Jennifer Hawkins, Jordan Durham, Barbara Fields, Rosa Pastor, Allegra Scharff, Aurélien Alphe & Allyson Plantz ONE|NB was recently honored at the RIHousing Meet and Greet & 45th Anniversary Celebration for being an instrumental partner in the transformation of communities across the state. In addition to the awards ceremony, attendees were treated to videos from each partner organization summarizing their work, and a review of the RIHousing 2017 Annual Report. Of the many projects mentioned in the report, ONE|NB was recognized for its partnership work on the 60 King Street "Imperial Knife Factory" property in…
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May 7, 2018
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ONE Neighborhood Builders Opens Elmwood Financial Center

  On March 23rd, ONE Neighborhood Builders, a Community Development Corporation based in Providence, held an Open House for the new Elmwood Financial Center at 770 Broad Street in Providence. After a soft opening on February 1, ONE|NB’s Elmwood Financial Center has hosted Homebuyer Education classes and counseling sessions, as well as walk-in clients looking for answers to financial questions. Of the Elmwood Financial Center launch, ONE|NB’s Executive Director, Jennifer Hawkins, said “This new one-stop center is possible due to the financial support from our community-based financial institutions – Bank Newport, The Washington Trust Company, Bank RI, and Coastway Community…
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March 26, 2018
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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