In late 2007, the East Greenwich Planning Board solicited volunteers from the community to sit on a short-term action committee, the Strategic Downtown Planning Initiative. The Strategic Downtown Planning Initiative was comprised of three committees: Environmental Issues, Content of the Area, and Circulation. After these three committees presented their findings to the Planning Board in early 2008, some of the committee members were interested in continuing longer-term efforts, and subsequently formed the East Greenwich Downtown Planning Initiative (EGDPI), an official committee of the Town. The EGDPI set forth to implement of some the ideas proposed by the Strategic Downtown Planning Initiative. One of these ideas, the East Greenwich Farmers’ Market (eastgreenwichfarmersmarket.com), was put into place just a few months later, in the fall of 2008. The success of this market start-up illustrated the potential impact and benefits of the EGDPI. Following the Farmers’ Market, the EGDPI successfully implemented a number of projects and events, such as: East Greenwich Visitor’s Guide, Outdoor movies, Downtown Directories, Recycle bins on Main Street, Historic East Greenwich, next exit” signs, The Hill and Harbour 5K Turkey Trot. In the summer of 2011, the EGDPI voted to become a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in order to further establish its presence within the community, and to encourage tax-deductible sponsorships for its events.
The Town of East Greenwich is located in the center of Rhode Island along the west shore of Narragansett Bay. Greenwich Cove is the home of many small marinas and waterfront dining establishments. Main Street, a typical small New England town street, provides for great shopping and dining opportunities. The walking tour of the Hill and Harbor district will allow you to travel back in time to the early days of the Revolution. The crown jewel of the early architecture is the formidable building that serves as the Town Hall. The building has served as a prominent courthouse all through history and is recognized as one of the few surviving Federal-Georgian buildings of its size in Rhode Island. The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Incorporated October 31, 1677, East Greenwich is the eighth oldest town in the state of Rhode Island. Named for the original Greenwich in Kent County, England. In 1741 the town was divided into two portions. The more rural western portion was separated and called West Greenwich. The remaining quarter was called East Greenwich. From 1806 to 1854 the town served as one of the five state capitals for Rhode Island. The General Assembly meetings were held in the local courthouse. That courthouse is presently the home of the Town Hall, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The East Greenwich Animal Protection League’s mission is to find suitable placement for all unclaimed stray adoptable cats and dogs, after updating them on necessary shots and providing spaying and neutering as needed. To provide placement for pets that can no longer be maintained by their owners. To keep the cats and dogs in a private animal shelter until they are adopted and to educate people regarding responsible pet ownership.
Established in 1989, the goal of the East Greenwich Academy Foundation is to promote and support youth and families in need. We encourage everyone to stay involved and always be mindful of those in our community who may need our support. The Academy Foundation seeks to provide: Support Services for youth and families, drug and alcohol prevention and support, social justice advocacy for youth in education and community and sponsor Youth to Youth. The Academy Foundation proudly supports East Greenwich Youth to Youth, the local chapter of Youth to Youth International. The philosophy behind Youth to Youth is to empower young people to make thoughtful and independent choices about their lives. Youth led and adult supported, Y2Y views young people as assets with limitless potential. Youth are encouraged to be connected and supportive of each other and promotes leadership and community involvement. Built on the premise of positive peer support, Youth to Youth helps young people make responsible choices and supports teens making the choice to live drug-free, alcohol free and tobacco free lives. Using our unique approach, we allow teens to be involved in every step of the development and implementation of various projects. Through their participation, teens hone their leadership, collaboration and interpersonal communications skills to make a positive difference in the lives of their peers and community. Academy Foundation funding goes directly toward Youth to Youth projects such as mini-conferences, student and parent trainings, community outreach, leadership development and youth support. The Academy also provides scholarships to the Youth to Youth Annual Conference to both at-risk youth and those who have economic challenges.
Our impact starts with our members—people who work tirelessly with their clubs to solve some of our communities’ toughest challenges. Their efforts are supported by Rotary International, our member association, and The Rotary Foundation, which turns generous donations into grants that fund the work of our members and partners around the world. Rotary is led by our members—responsible leaders who help to carry forward our organization’s mission and values in their elected roles. We’ve been making history and bringing our world closer together for over 100 years. Since forming in 1905, we’ve taken on some of the world’s toughest challenges and helped a wide range of international and service organizations—from the UN to Easter Seals—get started. Responsible leadership means more than just doing good work—it means making the most out of every donation we receive.