Get Involved with The Institute

Get_Involved_v2Advocacy 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.

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  • Help increase Rhode Island’s Earned Income Tax Credit!

    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.

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  • Protect Our HEALTHCARE Coalition

    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 to protect access to quality, affordable healthcare for all Rhode Islanders.

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  • Paid Family Leave & Paid Sick Days

    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

  • Communicating with legislators Your voice matters at the State House! It is important that you share your opinion on policies with your elected officials. Here are some tips for communicating with your state representatives through phone calls, letters and testifying at public hearings.
  • Find your state legislator Find out who your state and federal representatives are and how to contact them via the Secretary of State’s website.
  • Attend a legislative hearing One way of sharing your opinion with policymakers or learning more about legislation is by attending a committee hearing. Visit the General Assembly’s committee calendars to stay informed of legislative hearings.
  • Learn more about the state budget Visit our State Budget 101 page to learn more about the basics.
  • Policies for economic progress Learn more about The Economic Progress Institute’s policy agenda.
  • Understanding and influencing the state budget Become involved in the state budget debate. This presentation will help you understand how the state budget is developed and how you can influence the outcome.
  • 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.
These meetings are open to the public. Social service providers, program beneficiaries, and other interested parties are encouraged to attend to share concerns and recommendations for program improvement.  

  • 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
Be the first to receive our latest publications, get information about the economic conditions of Rhode Island and its residents, and learn about opportunities to get involved. Sign up for our e-newsletter Progress Notes or Guide Updates.
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