Advocacy requires many voices. If you are looking for ways to help ensure economic progress for all Rhode Islanders, here are some opportunities that will allow you to make a difference.
Campaigns to Get Involved
The Institute is working in coalition with different community partners on issues that affect low- and moderate-income Rhode Islanders. Check out our active campaigns below to learn how to get involved.
Last year, supporters mailed thousands of postcards to members of the Rhode Island General Assembly and convinced state legislators to increase Rhode Island’s Earned Income Tax Credit from 12.5% to 15% beginning tax year 2017! This means 83,000 Rhode Island working families will have more dollars to pay for the basics and also help out local businesses across Rhode Island. Lets keep the momentum going by increasing the state EITC even further.
The Protect Our Healthcare Coalition consists of a group of leading Rhode Island consumer and non-profit service organizations as well as hundreds of individuals working to protect access to quality, affordable healthcare for all Rhode Islanders.
Rhode Island workers need both paid sick leave and paid family leave in order to take care of their loved ones and themselves. Get involved in our paid sick leave and paid family leave campaigns!
Other Ways to Get Involved
- Trainings about government assistance programs
The Economic Progress Institute provides trainings about a host of government assistance programs. If your organization is interested in hosting a training, email us.
- The Guide to Assistance
The Guide is a web-based tool that provides information about the programs that can help Rhode Islanders meet their basic needs.
- The Guide Update
This is an electronic newsletter that provides timely updates about changes to government assistance programs. Subscribe now.
- RIte Care Consumer Advisory Council
Meets monthly to discuss issues related to the RIte Care and RIte Share Health Insurance Program.
Meetings are the second Thursday of the month at 10am • Simpson Hall, Pastore Complex, 1511 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920
- Rhode Island Works Advisory Committee
Meets every other month to discuss issues related to the RI Works Program, the state’s welfare program.
Meetings are the first Friday of every other month at 9 am • Good Will Industries, 100 Houghton Street, Providence, RI 02904
- Child Support Advisory Committee
Meets every other month to discuss issues related to child support in Rhode Island.
Meetings are at 9am • Casey Family Services, 1268 Eddy Street, Providence, RI 02905. Email for more info.
- SNAP Advisory Committee
Meets monthly to discuss issues related to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, (formerly called Food Stamps).
Meetings are the second Monday of the month at 9 am • West Wing Conference Room, Louis Pasture Building #57, Pastore Complex, 1511 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920
- Permanent Legislative Committee on Child Care
Meets monthly to discuss issues related to access, affordability and quality of child care in Rhode Island.
Meetings are the second Tuesday of the month at 2:30 Room 313 of the State House, 90 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02905
- Child Care Community Exchange (DHS)
Meetings are quarterly. Dates for 2012 are January 30th, April 30th, July 30th, October 29th from 1:00-2:30 pm at United Way of Rhode Island, 50 Valley Street, Providence, RI 02909