ONE Neighborhood Builders presents the Olneyville OVies

ONE Neighborhood Builders presents the Olneyville OVies – Olneyville’s version of the Oscars – during NeighborWorks Week

Providence - On June 11, 2016 over 200 Olneyville residents will gather at the OVies, Olneyville’s first ever red carpet event honoring community leaders, residents, stakeholders and volunteers, to close the week-long celebration of neighborhood revitalization activities nationally recognized as NeighborWorks Week.

During NeighborWorks Week (June 4-12), ONE Neighborhood Builders and other NeighborWorks organizations across the country are mobilizing tens of thousands of residents, businesspeople and government officials in a week of neighborhood change and awareness.

Wendy Nicholas, Interim Executive Director at ONE NB, highlights the way that many organizations have come together to revitalize Olneyville. “As the African proverb states, ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’ONE Neighborhood Builders is excited to celebrate the many people and organizations that make up the ‘village’ that is Olneyville.  Those being honored Saturday night with our first Olneyville OVie Awards have all made extraordinary positive impact on the lives of residents young and old.  All of us at ONE Neighborhood Builders congratulate the honorees.”

The Olneyville neighborhood was hard hit by the foreclosure crisis, resulting in abandoned properties throughout the neighborhood, and bringing with it negative effects on the safety, stability, and beauty of the neighborhood. The tangible results of ONE NB’s work are visible with new and renovated affordable homes on virtually every street corner. ONE NB provides invaluable services that prepare residents for homeownership, ensure top notch maintenance of properties, and offer job development opportunities for neighborhood youth.

ONE NB is part of the national NeighborWorks network, an affiliation of more than 240 nonprofit organizations located in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In 2015, the NeighborWorks network helped¬¬¬¬ nearly 356,000 individuals and families with affordable housing and counseling. The NeighborWorks network was founded and is supported by NeighborWorks America, which creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities.

ONE NB uses the combined strength, history, and expertise of two nonprofit organizations – Olneyville Housing Corporation and Community Works Rhode Island – to work with residents to revitalize the Olneyville and Elmwood neighborhoods by promoting equity, community health and neighborhood growth. Over the years, ONE NB has developed 330 affordable apartments and 115 single family homes in Providence, as well as more than 50,000 square feet of commercial and community space that provide amenities and job opportunities. In 2015, 66 clients attended homebuyer classes and 15 purchased homes.

The OVies are an opportunity to recognize and thank both individuals and organizations for the work they do in Olneyville. This red carpet event will take place on Saturday June 11th at 6:30 PM in the Fete Ballroom in Olneyville, and will feature performances by RI Latin Dance, Community MusicWorks, and Dexter’s Lab.

(release from ONE Neighborhood Builders)

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