Community Building

ONE Neighborhood Builders believes in resident-led community development. Through grassroots community organizing, we identify resident leaders. We also organize community events to strengthen the community’s cohesion and celebrate neighborhood assets.

constant contact thumbnailONE NB’s new community building initiative is I Am My Neighbor’s Keeper, a neighborhood campaign designed to engage and empower residents and community stakeholders in Olneyville. To stay updated, follow the #TEAMOLNEYVILLE hashtag on Facebook and Twitter!


ONE NB is the convener of the Olneyville Collaborative, a coalition of neighborhood organizations working together to improve the quality of life in Olneyville. Since it was founded in 2004, it has grown from just five members to twenty-four.


Our annual community building events, such as the National Night Out Festival, the Fall Festival, and neighborhood clean-up days in Olneyville and Elmwood, bring together a diverse group of residents and visitors. These events support local artists and musicians, bring positive programming to the parks, and highlight neighborhood assets.


Spearheaded by ONE NB, several Collaborative members launched a new civic engagement coalition called Olneyville Unidos in May 2012. Olneyville Unidos focuses on voter education, voter mobilization and non-partisan issue advocacy. This new coalition registered 63 Olneyville residents to vote and organized a candidates’ forum for the District 8 primary race.

Neighbor Circles are dinners held with neighbors over good food and engaging conversation. Neighbor Circles help residents to get to know their neighbors while working together to make positive change in the neighborhood.

The Olneyville Youth Council, a newly established group of young leaders between 13 and 18, meets every week to plan community engagement projects, talk about issues in their community, and learn leadership and community organizing skills.

OSSA (Olneyville Safer Streets Initiative) is made up of Olneyville residents, joined by the Providence Police Department and our City Council representatives, who work together towards a safe and healthy neighborhood. OSSA achieves these goals through getting to know neighbors, discussing public safety concerns, and developing strategies to prevent crime. We meet the last Wednesday of every month from 6:30-7:30 pm at our office, 66 Chaffee Street. For more information about OSSA, contact Tina Shepard at or call her at 401-351-8719 x 109.

One Neighborhood Builders and Councilwoman Sabina Matos are spearheading an effort to revitalize Joslin Park, in partnership with the City of Providence Department of Parks and Recreation, Rhode Island LISC, the William D’Abate Elementary School, and Meeting Street. ONE NB hired 4Site Design Build Maintenance to create a Master Plan for park improvements, based on an extensive input process with the community. The first stage of the renovations, a youth soccer court, was completed in 2014. The court gives neighborhood kids and William D’Abate Elementary students space to play and encourages active lifestyles. Check back often for further updates on the renovations.

To see 3D model animations of the proposed park improvements, click here.


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