March 31, 2021
Your monthly news & updates
In this edition:
  • 401 Gives and EBCAP - food for kids on weekends
  • Behavioral Health Services shares exciting news -grant award, accreditation, and expansion
  • Career Closet provides clothes for job seekers
  • NFCOZ's food distribution events extended to April
  • EBCAP Employee earns "Remarkable" recognition from East Providence City Mayor as part of Women's History Month event
401 Gives - It's Tomorrow!
"When children are not hungry or worrying about when they will eat next, they are more engaged in school and devote their attention to learning and enjoying themselves as kids. Not only does this program help the kids, but it helps their families who struggle to put food on the table every day."
Mary Canole, NFCOZ Governing Council Member & 401 Gives Fundraiser
Please join East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP) on April 1, 2021 for the United Way of Rhode Island’s second “401Gives” event. This statewide day of giving encourages all Rhode Islanders to support the efforts of more than 400 local nonprofits with online donations. Contributions received through EBCAP's 401 Gives page will benefit its Newport Family and Child Opportunity Zone's Backpack Feeding Program which provides food on weekends for more than 100 Pell Elementary School students. For more information on this vital program, please watch the video.

Behavioral Health Services News
EBCAP's Behavioral Health Centers have been awarded a $4 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The two-year grant will go directly to providing comprehensive mental health and substance use disorder services to the East Bay community.
East Bay Community Action Program has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health and Human Services Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards.
East Bay Recovery Center has expanded its services. In addition to its Warren location, and with help from the Bristol Prevention Coalition, East Bay Recovery Center is once again offering recovery support programs and services in Bristol. Its new Bristol location is 220 High Street.
EBCAP's Career Closet Helps Job Seekers
Income eligible job seekers can get free professional attire suitable for job interviews and everyday workwear through Career Closet, a program coordinated by East Bay Community Action Program’s Office of Volunteer Services.
Inventory includes men’s and women’s suits, slacks/dress pants, men’s dress shirts, women’s blouses, men’s and women’s dress shoes, accessories, uniforms, and medical scrubs. Call the Office of Volunteer Services’ Career Closet at 401-435-7876 for more information.
Farmers to Families - Food Distribution Events Extended through April
East Bay Community Action Program’s Newport Family and Child Opportunity Zone's Farmers to Families Food distribution events which began in February have been extended through April. Every Friday from 10:00am to 12:00pm the food distribution events take place outside the Pell Elementary School on 35 Dexter Street in Newport. Families from Newport and neighboring communities will receive a large box containing produce, dairy products, and meat. Distribution is contactless with staff and volunteers loading boxes into vehicles. Participants are asked to bring an ID to help organizers track numbers served. Participants are also asked to enter Dexter Street from Hillside Avenue and proceed to the first parking lot on the left. For further details, contact Taylor Frazier, NFCOZ Student and Family Engagement Specialist, at 401-239-3116 or This project is being offered in collaboration with Rhode Island Community Food Bank and Newport Public Schools.
EBCAP Employee Earns "Remarkable" Honor
In a recent announcement by the East Providence City Mayor's Office, Karen Emmes, Coordinator of the Senior Nutrition Program in EBCAP’s Senior Services Department, has been named as a Remarkable Woman. The recognition is part of an annual event held by the Mayor's Office in honor of Women's History Month.

We couldn’t agree more! Karen, who has given 47 years of exceptional service to this agency and its clients, is truly a Remarkable Woman!  Congratulations Karen!