January 2019
Your monthly news & updates
East Bay Community Action Program - Supporting Area Communities and its Staff
Employee Spotlight:
Caroleann Walker, LICSW, Empowers Staff and Patients
Story by Maggie Laurianno, Communications and Development Dept.

Caroleann Walker, LICSW, is a very busy woman. When she isn’t working at her full-time job as Supervisor of Behavioral Health at East Bay Family Health Care in Newport, a division of East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP), or part-time in her private practice, she’s most likely working on her Ph.D. in Social Work. Read more

“Caroleann does a great job training, and then trusts in her staff’s ability to do the work. She provides support when needed, and she’s very approachable.” 
-Michelle Silvia, Behavioral Health Intern
Rhode Island College, MSW May 2019
EBCAP Provides Help During Newport Gas Outage
Newport families found support during the recent natural gas outage with food and child friendly activities provided by the Newport Family and Child Opportunity Zone, a division of East Bay Community Action Program. A WPRI Channel 12 report can be seen by clicking here.

The agency's Family Development Department also offered emergency food through its food pantry and helped to coordinate hot meals for 30 elderly residents through its Ocean State Senior Dining Program.
EBCAP Foster Grandparents Receive Presidential Honors
Story by Dianne Farrar, Head Start Family Engagement/ Volunteer Specialist and Maggie Laurianno, Communications and Development Dept., photo credit: Jacquelyn Brooks

The President’s Lifetime Achievement Award, for completing at least 4,000 hours of volunteer services to those in need, was presented to six of EBCAP’s Foster Grandparent program participants. The awards, along with signed letters of recognition from President Trump, were presented to the honorees at the annual volunteer recognition luncheon.  Read more

Photo at right: Darlene Smitherman of Middletown, RI volunteers at EBCAP's Head Start Program in Middletown and received the President's Lifetime Achievement Award. Other honorees include: Claire Curvelo, Joan Feola, Carmela Hazzard-Viera, Anna Howes and Carol Nelson -all of East Providence, RI.
Free Tax Filing Help Available
East Bay Community Action’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will once again have trained and certified preparers available to provide free tax preparation to clients earning under $55,000.00. VITA tax preparation sites include Bristol, Newport & East Providence. To make an appointment call 401-435-7876. Read more
Wellness Workshops Offered for EBCAP Staff
The Human Resources Department at East Bay Community Action Program is pleased to present a series of wellness workshops for staff in 2019. The first in the series, Stress Management, was presented on January 31 at its East Providence Headquarters. In the photo (right) Life Coach Joanna Meriwether is shown helping participants to understand the importance of recognizing sources of stress and the impact stress has on their health. Meriwether also shared resources and exercises to help reduce stress and bring about a relaxed state of mind and body. Staff responses to a survey shaped the plan for the workshop series; some future topics will address sleep management, health and nutrition.

East Bay Community Action Program - Supporting Area Colleges and Students with Experiential Learning
Story by Karin Donovan and Debbie Scott, Human Resources Dept.

East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP) is committed to assisting professional-level students enhance their academic studies with real life experiences through its internship program. Whether it is in the medical/behavioral health/dental fields, administrative support (including Marketing and Development), Information Systems, early childhood education, or community wrap-around services, EBCAP has filled placements for students from the following educational institutions: Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, Walden University, Simmons University, Brown University, MTTI, Lincoln Tech, Salve Regina University, and Genesis Center.

Our Human Resources Department has relationships with colleges, universities and trade organizations so that students can engage in practical and supportive internships that enhance students’ competency and prepare them to be successful at work.  

Our professional staff provides supervision and structured guidance in real-life situations that enhance not only the student’s experience, but also the staff and clients served by EBCAP. Contact Human Resources at 401-431-9870 x 124 for more information.
East Bay Community Action Program | Newport: 401-847-7821 | East Providence: 401-437-1000