Coats & Winter Clothing for those in need at Stages of Freedom Saturday

Come on down on Saturday, December 5th from 9 to 11am at Stages of Freedom, 10 Westminster Street in downtown Providence.

Stages is donating coats and other winter clothing for low-income Rhode Islanders. Pick-up is Saturday – one day only.

Social distancing and masks required.


You can make a direct donation, here:

Stages of Freedom Mission:

1) To provide youth of color access to swimming programs in order to reduce the number of drownings in the minority community. 

2) To build community by creating and providing programming about Black Rhode Island life and culture to a wide audience.

3)  To educate and empower inner-city youth by providing cultural opportunities and access to museums and live performance.

Our Background:

Stages of Freedom has at its core Swim Empowerment, a statewide program that provides free swimming lessons at nine partnering YMCAs for about 500 Rhode Island African American youth each year. It offers regular cultural and arts programming and empowerment workshops for Black youth.

Additionally, Stages of Freedom promotes African American history and culture through a series of  events for adults and youth. It also operates a museum of Rhode Island African American history and a non-profit bookstore, proceeds from which help fund Swim Empowerment.

The leadership of Stages of Freedom is actively involved in health, wellness and civil rights concerns.

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