My story begins in a small neighborhood in Rhode Island. An inquisitive child with a strong connection to nature but with no access to clean and safe parks. The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council changed that narrative. 

The Woonasquatucket River endured decades of industrial abuse. The wastewater and chemical runoff from these factories bled into the Woonasquatucket River, causing intense pollution.

The WRWC began their work in one of the most marginalized and impacted neighborhoods in the state, my neighborhood!  As a part of the organization’s vision they sought to restore the river and surrounding habitat, develop youth and community programs, provide environmental/climate education, provide recreational opportunities and most importantly foster a sense of awareness, belonging and stewardship

While the river itself is only 19 miles long, the Woonasquatucket watershed covers 50 square miles in the towns of North Smithfield, Smithfield, Glocester, Johnston, North Providence, Cranston, and Providence and serves more than 25% of the State’s population. Over the years the work has expanded well past my small neighborhood. Please support this organization in continuing to improve our river, parks and communities. Help me reach my $2,500 fundraising goal. Gracias.