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For almost seventy years, Episcopal Charities has brought hope to those in our communities whose needs are greatest. Through our partnerships with nonprofit agencies and church ministries, we help provide food, shelter, and healthcare for those who go without and those whose voices are often unheard. By sharing the love of Christ with all our neighbors, donors, volunteers, agencies, churches and people like YOU work together make this mission possible. 100 percent of your gift is used for direct support of the agencies and ministries we fund; Episcopal Charities has a separate endowment to cover our administrative costs.

The Episcopal Charities Annual Fund provides sustaining grants for nonprofit agencies that work with our congregations to meet needs in their local communities.

The Charities NOW fund provides small emergency grants that go out the door quickly to support feeding ministries in our churches and nonprofit agencies that partner with our churches to serve our neighbors. 

You may donate to either, or both, of these funds by mailing a check to Episcopal Charities Fund of Rhode Island, 275 North Main St., Providence, R.I. 02903, or by giving online using the buttons at the top and bottom of this page.

Spotlight

Mt Hope/Church of the Redeemer Plot to Plate Program
Rev. Campbell with participants in Plant to Plate
Vegetables in the Billy Taylor Park Community Garden

Again this summer, the Redeemer was honored to partner with the Mt Hope Summer Teen Plot to Plate Program. This program mentors neighborhood youth in growing vegetables at the community garden in Billy Taylor Park on Camp Street. With the guidance of a professional chef, the participants cook the garden produce in the Redeemer kitchen.

This partnership provides a meaningful summer program for youth and seeks to address the serious food insecurity that exists in Mt Hope. It provides a safe space where community is built, fostering relationships between the parish and the wider neighborhood.

Dr. Dannie Ritchie, founder of Community Health Innovations of Rhode Island, says of this this program, “The Community Health Innovations of Rhode Island Food Relief to Food Sovereignty Project’s goal is to provide an alternative to charity relief for food insecurity through the increase of urban agriculture in the communities that experience hampered access to food either through distance and/or expense.  We aim to grow community, increase discussion, knowledge with hands-on experience for children and adults of our food system. We look to expand neighborhood leadership and where possible learn about the intersections of environmental injustice and impacts on our food. Our Mt Hope Summer Teen Plot to Plant Program, directly and indirectly educates youth by demonstrating where food comes through gardening and what it takes to get it to plate through our culinary component of the program, from production to preparation.”

Episcopal Charities NOW supported this important ministry and partnership with a grant of $1,000. The rector presented the check to participants in the garden at Billy Taylor Park. Thank you to Episcopal Charities for supporting this vital Mt Hope program.


TO RECEIVE AN ANNUAL GRANT: The Episcopal Charities Annual Grant 2021 Application period was between May 1st and June 30th. Throughout the summer and fall, Charities volunteers read the applications and make site visits to many of the agencies.  The grants are awarded in December of each year.  The application (when available), as well as  information about the application process, can be found here.

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