VITA is Now Open!

Published 01/22/2020

Come get your taxes done free of charge at CAPP!

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

RICAA Gathers at the Providence Marriott

Published 11/15/2019

On Wednesday, November 6th, Elected Officials, Community Leaders and Staff members of each Rhode Island CAP agency gathered at the Marriott in the first meeting of its kind. The Rhode Island Community Action Association is a trade association for a statewide network of Community Action Agencies (CAAs) who, for over fifty years, have been the safety net for economically disadvantaged and working individuals and families. Independently and collectively the CAA Agencies are working to eliminate the causes and effects of poverty and to open doors to self-sufficiency and better lives for more than 185,000 Individuals and 90,000 Households. Unifying the efforts of CAP agencies around the state was the biggest part of the message given that morning.

"We've got big issues and big problems," said Rilwan Feyisitan, Executive Director of CAPP & co-chair of RICAA. "And we need to be part of those solutions." 

"This doesn't happen by accident," he continued. "There's been a lot of work that's gone on over the years to make sure that when bad things happen that the state knows they can come to Community Action and that we're going to be able to respond and be responsive and we're going to get things done and be effective....collectively we can make change."

Later in the program, Governor Gina Raimondo praised the work of CAP agencies are doing to lift Rhode Islanders out of poverty and pledged "We are going to continue to do everything we can to help support your work."

Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea presented each agency's Executive Director with a special certificate of acknowledgement and the RICAA co-chairs were given a Special Recognition from Governor Raimondo celebrating 55 years of CAA's giving back to the citizens of Rhode Island.

Speakers included RI Association of Community Action Agencies co-chairs Rilwan Feyisitan (Executive Director of CAPP) and Paul Salera (CEO of West Bay Community Action)

The Honorable Nellie M. Gorbea, Secretary of State 

Courtney E. Hawkins, Director of the RI Department of Human Services

Vincent Marzullo, President of RI AARP

Last but not least, Governor Gina M. Raimondo joined us as well.

photographs provided courtesy of Alisha Pina, DHS


ECC Programs Moving to Broad St!

Published 07/24/2019

July 24, 2019

Re: CAPP Relocating Elmwood Community Center Programs to 807 Broad Street!

Dear community members:

We are thrilled to let you know that CAPP has found a new location – the Rhode Island Indian Council’s facility at 807 Broad Street – where we will be able to resume most of the social service programming impacted by our decision to end operations at the city-owned Elmwood Community Center due to serious health and safety concerns in that building.

CAPP staff will move into 807 Broad Street the week of August 5th and most community programs will resume on Monday, August 12th.

We are also confident that we will be able to reopen the important community food pantry program previously run out of the Elmwood Community Center. Our new location at 807 Broad Street has enough room and we are working with the Rhode Island Community Food Bank to certify the new space, a process that is anticipated to take 4-8 weeks. During this interim period, we are asking our supporters and community partners to step-up by making food and monetary donations so that we can reestablish the city’s largest food pantry in our new location.

We thank the Rhode Island Indian Council for working with us and we thank you, our community members, for your patience and for standing with us during this transition period.


Rilwan K. Feyisitan, Jr.
Executive Director
Community Action Partnership of Providence