Together We Can: Pawtucket & Central Falls
Participatory Budgeting in the Pawtucket & Central Falls Health Equity Zone
These are the 11 projects that committees of Change Agents developed based on hundreds of ideas submitted by the community. Thank you to 805 residents of Pawtucket and Central Falls for voting and making your voice heard!
To see the projects that will be funded, click here.
Sprinkler Water Park and Outdoor Fitness Park (447 votes): Installation of a FREE sprinkler water park in Pawtucket and outdoor fitness park in Central Falls.
Mental Health: End the Stigma Campaign (424 votes): A multi-media campaign to bring awareness to mental health needs for people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds. Project includes: billboards, radio, videos, murals and more.
Financials for Families (371 votes): Provide free financial literacy classes for 80 participants, 1-1 coaching, and training to become a financial coach in multiple languages at accessible locations throughout Pawtucket and Central Falls.
Food with Friends: Live Better, Eat Better (368 votes): Bring together communities once a month in four locations for celebratory cooking events which include: cooking demos, free meals, coupons for ingredients, affordable, healthy groceries on site, and music & dancing.
Youth Soccer and Academic Support (286 votes): Provide youth in Central Falls & Pawtucket with free soccer and academic support programs including access to soccer equipment and tutoring services.
In my Language, I Understand Better! Interpreter Services for All (255 votes): Two full-time Language Resource Specialists, free Language Interpreter Certification Programs, and handheld interpreter equipment for residents of Pawtucket and Central Falls.
High Schoolers Tutor 1st and 2nd Graders (253 votes): High school students tutor 1st and 2nd graders to help students achieve the key milestone of 3rd grade-level reading. Meaningful one-on-one support for elementary students and an employment opportunity for high schoolers.
Outdoor Learning & Arts at River Island Park (250 votes): Support the new Outdoor Classroom & Theater at River Island Park to become a fun, interactive place for students to explore the arts, nature, and acting. Project includes: mural painting, activity supplies, transportation, and outdoor job opportunities for adults and youth.
Suds for Hope: Mobile Laundry Truck (245 votes): Provide unhoused and low-income community members of Central Falls and Pawtucket with safe, easy access to laundry facilities and resources free of charge.
Bike Our City (195 votes): Improve city biking with community- designed bike racks, benches and murals painted by youth and artists; give away 100 free bikes, helmets, and bike locks for children to keep the community safe and healthy.
Pass the Plate: Life Starts with Healthy Eating (190 votes): Teach eighth-grade students that healthy food is important, affordable, and easy to cook through lessons about nutrition & cooking, providing students recipes, and food samples that they can take home to their families.