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Prior Projects

In prior years, Urban Action students have worked at the following sites with significant results:
  • Camden Avenue School - an elementary school where Providence College students sponsor a number of after-school programs during the academic year. Students have painted the entire school gymnasium - from floor to ceiling - including a fresh coat of varnish on the floor. Work has also included ground clearing and garden work at the school, and ground clearing and preparing for harvest at nearby community gardens.
  • Smith Hill Community Development Corporation (CDC) - a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing neighborhood housing. Students cleared five vacant lots and completely cleaned out all debris, old furniture, trash, etc. from nine unoccupied multi-family houses. The work completed by the students laid important groundwork for the CDC's work of rehabilitating the sites into safe, secure, affordable housing.
  • St. Pius Church - Students painted the lower level church hall, used for elementary school and parish activities. Located  just across the street from the Providence College campus, the church is sponsored by the Dominican Friars, the Catholic religious order that operates the College.
  • Camp Meehan -  Students cleaned up this summer camp site operated for inner city children by the Smith Hill Center, and secured the area for winter.
  • Providence City Arts for Youth Center - Students replaced windows, painted, organized, and completed carpentry repairs and landscaping at the site, which sponsors summer camps and after school programs focusing on the arts.
  • Greater Elmwood Neighborhood Services - Students completed outside landscaping tasks including weeding, raking, laying top soil, seeding and mulching at the Lead Safe Center, a temporary shelter for families who must vacate their homes while a certified lead paint removal process is underway.
  • Habitat for Humanity home - Students worked on framing, siding and general building tasks at a home under construction for a local family. (Habitat for Humanity is one of the most popular student volunteer opportunities at Providence College; students volunteer at various sites in Providence throughout the year and hundreds have participated in the annual Alternate Spring Break sponsored by that organization in the last several years.)
  • Other past projects (prior to 1998) have included - digging trenches for the city to lay electric lines for a midnight community sports league, and clearing and preparing a spot for the Smith Hill Center's outdoor amphitheater and park. 
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