The Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy is proud to announce that we have been awarded a John E. Fogarty Grant. The mission of the John E. Fogarty Foundation for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is to seek “to support inclusive programs, research and organizations that provide services to improve and enhance the quality of life for Rhode Island individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”
This is the first time the DPPC has applied for this grant, and was proud to receive a grant to be used specifically toward our partnership with The Cove Center.
With Fogarty Foundation Board Members
For the past two years, the DPPC and the Cove Center have worked together in Burnside Park to further the DPPC mission of preserving and revitalizing Providence’s historic downtown core. For 10 weeks in the summer, Cove Center clients travel to Burnside Park once a week to work alongside our summer staff and prepare the park for daily events. Through this work, Cove clients learn valuable skills and requirements of employment, such as time management and pride of work. Their clients also build social integration skills by working with DPPC staff, as well as interacting with park goers. This grant will help us to formalize this program and help it grow in the future.
Left to right: Susan Dunnington (DPPC), Ron Claire and Debbie Botello-Monroe from the Cove Center
It takes a community to care for an urban park and we are elated to have the Cove Center as a partner in revitalizing Burnside Park. Thank you so much to the John E. Fogarty Foundation for believing in this work that we are doing. Thank you also to Volunteer Coordinator Susan Dunnington for her hard work in seeing this partnership flourish.