April 30 is Independent Bookstore Day

April 30 is Independent Bookstore Day

Saturday, April 30 is Independent Bookstore Day! Celebrate at any one of Rhode Island’s delightful independently-only bookshops, from Westerly to Pawtucket to Warren. According to Indiebound.org, there are nine Rhode Island stores participating: Barrington Books, Barrington Books on the Pond, Charlestown Books on the Square, Providence Charter Books, Newport Curiosity & Co, Jamestown Ink Fish…

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…

“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…

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…

Join us to talk about Community Investing in RI

To build a just local economy and strengthen our community resilience, we need a more robust set of tools. Local investing is one potential solution. On Wednesday, August 4, Local Return is hosting a community planning session around local investment.  We’ll continue the conversation we started at Local Investment 101, a workshop series with Community…

Community Conversation with Karen Figueroa and Pam Jennings

“It’s giving people real power over the money and decisions that impact their community under the assumption that it’s the people that use those spaces and are walking the streets and in the schools every day that…have a pretty good knowledge of what changes and what things they would like to see happen.” This, says…

Community Conversation with Diane Lynch and Nessa Richman

Building wealth and resilience requires a true ecosystem approach. Beyond individual programs or entities, we must understand how factors and players interact with one another.  Local Return director Josh Daly sat down with two experts at systems-level work. Nessa Richman is network director and Diane Lynch is chair of the Rhode Island Food Policy Council,…