Jam(boree) with us!

There are a lot of us working to create vibrant, resilient, regenerative communities. We come at this from many different angles: investment, financial empowerment, sustainability practices, asset-building, cooperatives, community development, food systems, entrepreneurship, capital access, organizing, and so much more.  There is power in strong connections. So join us on Wednesday, February 16, at 5:30 p.m.…

Neighborhood Trusts

Local Return supports the recommendation made by the Rhode Island Foundation’s Make It Happen: Investing in Rhode Island’s Future committee to invest $50 million of American Rescue Plan Act funds in neighborhood trusts. A neighborhood trust is a collection of funds, controlled by members of the community for the long-term benefit of the community. This…

Community Conversation with LUNA Community Care

“When people are neurodivergent they’re often forced to think in a way that’s very normative, which can be very harmful,” said Casey Gallagher, “so we really want to create a space and support programming for individuals to be themselves and celebrate neurodivergent joy.”  Casey and Tara Boulais co-founded LUNA Community Care to provide programs and support…

Community Conversation with Lanre Ajakaiye

Lanre Ajakaiye is president and CEO of 25 Bough Street Development. He is also the first person in Rhode Island to do a Regulation CF crowdfunding campaign, a fundraising strategy made possible by the JOBS Act of 2012 which allows non-accredited investors to contribute.  “It’s a pathway for unlocking the community and the network, and…

“A wicked meaningful RI holiday”

Special thanks to Ed Fitzpatrick of the Boston Globe for including Local Return president Jessica David in “A wicked meaningful R.I. holiday gift guide” in today’s edition of Rhode Map. It’s a great reminder to buy your holiday supplies from a locally-owned business in a community you care about. Your money will stay local longer…

Community Conversation with John Santos and Philip Trevvett

Are you a member of Urban Greens Food Co-op, the consumer-owned grocery store located on Cranston Street in Providence? Perhaps you’re a stock holder. Or maybe you’re just wondering why Urban Greens never ran out of toilet paper early in the pandemic. Urban Greens opened its doors in the summer of 2019, after years of…

A $2.6 billion downpayment

How Rhode Island could use ARPA money to build community wealth and resilience Congress passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to “help turn the tide on the pandemic, address its economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery.”[1] The ARPA consists of over 84 unique programs distributed across…