State Agencies and Partnerships

Below lists all the State Agencies, State Association Partners, and State-wide Partners for the Rhode Island Community Action Association. Included are brief description of each organization as well as a direct link to their main website.

State Agencies


State of Rhode Island Office of the Governor –

Official website of the Governor of Rhode Island. Current Governor of Rhode Island is Gina Raimondo, becoming the state’s first woman governor as well as the 75th overall.

State of Rhode Island General Assembly –

The official website for the State of Rhode Island General Assembly and the hub for all news and media regarding laws, legislative information, and state reports. The RI General Assembly is composed of 75 representatives, and 38 senators.

State of Rhode Island Department of Human Services –

The Department of Human Services is an organization of opportunity, working hand-in-hand with other resources in Rhode Island to offer a full continuum of services for families, adults, children, elders, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

State of Rhode Island Department of Human Services Division of Elderly Affairs –

The RI Division of Elderly Affairs’ mission statement is, “To preserve the independence, dignity, and capacity for choice for seniors, adults with disabilities, families and caregivers.”

RI Department of Labor and Training –

The RI Department of Labor and Training oversees various benefit programs for Rhode Island workers and employers including Unemployment Insurance, Temporary Disability Insurance, WorkShare, Workers’ Compensation, and Trade Adjustment Assistance. The DLT website also post daily job listings, job fairs, and training opportunities and programs.

State of Rhode Island Department of Health –

The Rhode Island Department of Health's mission is to prevent disease and protect and promote the health and safety of the people of Rhode Island.

State of Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources – Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) –

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Block Grant is funded through the Federal Department of Health and Human Services. The purpose of the LIHEAP program is to assist Rhode Island’s low-income households meet the increasing cost of home energy and reduce the severity of an energy related crisis. Rhode Island’s LIHEAP is administered by the Office of Energy Resources. LIHEAP intake and outreach is provided by local Community Action agencies (CAP).

State Association Partners


Rhode Island Health Center Association –

Since, 1972, the Rhode Island Health Center Association has been the voice of community based primary care health programs. Focusing on Rhode Island’s Community Health Centers, the Association plays a vital role in educating federal state and local policymakers about issues relating to health care and the role of the community health centers in the health care continuum.

Rhode Island Head Start Association –

Head Start is a federally funded program created in 1965 in an effort to combat poverty. The program offers a wide range of services to low-income children aged three to five years old. The mission of the Rhode Island Head Start Association is to promote universal, high quality Head Start programs and services, training and other mutually supportive activities, especially for Directors and parents. Their goal is to strengthen the critical leadership roles parents and staff play in promoting social justice and educational equality for Head Start children and families.

State-Wide Partners

The Economic Progress Institute –

The Economic Progress Institute – formerly The Poverty Institute – is a nonpartisan research and policy organization dedicated to improving the economic well-being of low- and modest-income Rhode Islanders. The Economic Progress Institute advocates for policies that improve economic security and opportunity for Rhode Islanders.

Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless –

The Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless is organized to promote and preserve the dignity and quality of life for men, women, and children by pursuing comprehensive and cooperative solutions to the problems of housing and homelessness.

Rhode Island Kids Count –

The mission of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is to improve the health, safety, education, economic well-being, and development of Rhode Island's children.

United Way of Rhode Island –

The Rhode Island office of United Way Worldwide. The mission of United Way is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. United Way is composed of almost 1,200 local United Way offices throughout the country in a coalition of charitable organizations to pool efforts in fundraising and support. United Way has been around for over 125 years, making them one of the oldest charitable organization in the United States.

The Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition –

The mission of the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition is to organize the Rhode Island faith community, its leaders and members, for all matters impacting the poor, vulnerable and the disenfranchised. Other goals include connecting common threads of faith traditions to fight poverty with faith, and to provide advocacy and empowerment for the poor.

George Wiley Center –

The George Wiley Center is a statewide group actively committed to local community organizing for the purpose of creating social and economic justice through changes in public policy.