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For Immediate Release: August 23, 2012

Providence College Students to Improve Historic Areas around Providence, Kent County, and Newport County

Providence, R.I. – One hundred and fifty members of the Providence College Class of 2016 will kick off their college careers by participating in the College’s 22nd annual Urban Action community service program. 

Along with these freshmen class members, 25 upperclassmen will serve as leaders at the community service sites.


The students will work at the following locations:

  • Sunday, August 26th: Site 1 – Sachuest Point, 305 Sachuest Point Road, Middletown, R.I. (75 students), Students will be cleaning up walking trails and coastal areas.
    Site 2 – Pat’s Pastured, 830 South Road, East Greenwich, R.I. (100 students) Students will be clearing brush, removing  fences, clearing trails, and cleaning a local cemetery.
  • Monday, August 27th: Neutaconkanut Hill Park, 675 Plainfield St., Providence, R.I. (175 students), Students will be painting, building a kiosk, prepping a meadow for a concert, and spreading wood chips.
  • Tuesday, August 28th: Woonasquatucket Watershed, Riverside Mills, 50 Aleppo Street, Providence, R.I. (170 students) Students will be working throughout the park, including gardening, landscaping, weeding, and painting.

          Urban Action was initiated by Providence College students in 1991, with 17 students volunteering the first year.  Since then, more than 3,100 freshmen have participated, with many returning as leaders. 

          The goal of the program is to provide incoming students with an opportunity to make a positive difference in Providence, a community they will be calling their “home away from home”, and beyond the area.

           Past projects have included collaborating with the Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy, Inc. and Providence’s Parks Department to improve city-planted trees and restore city parks, clearing brush and preparing fields for a new organic gardening project at the Urban Edge Farm, and conducting a cleanup at the City Arts! building.                                                                          


Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs and Community Relations Coordinator
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