As Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza extolled the virtues of the city’s first PVD Gives Donation Station, a woman casually made her way into the press conference and started inserting change into the modified parking meter.
“Thank you for the contribution, we really appreciate it,” said the Mayor.
“I’ve been homeless,” said the woman by way of explanation.
You couldn’t have had a better demonstration of the potential value of the new devices. It’s not about the machines bringing in a lot of money. The idea is that “everybody chips in” said the Mayor.
Elorza acknowledged that the Donation Stations are not a solution to the problem of homelessness, but noted that “there’s not a single advocate for the homeless that says that more resources do not need to be put towards the issue.”
“PVD Gives and the new Donation Stations make it easier to give back,” said the Mayor. “Our collective generosity can make all the difference in the lives of those striving to get back on their feet. I encourage visitors and residents to chip in and be part of the solution.”
Elorza was the first to use the Donation Station by making a $100 contribution with his bank card. It took a little over a minute.
The Donation Station, located right across the street from City Hall and painted a vibrant orange, is the first of ten such stations to be installed across the city. The donation stations will collect funds into a special PVD Gives account that will be dispersed to support local organizations that provide “housing and services to those in need.” The funds will be allocated by the PVD Gives commission, which will review applications is composed of five members, including the Mayor or his designee, three mayoral appointees and one appointee by the City Council President.”
In the coming weeks donation stations will be installed at the intersections of Thayer Street and Angell Street, Chalkstone Avenue and Academy Avenue, Hopkins Square at Branch Avenue and Charles Street, Broad Street and Colfax Street, Broad Street and Pearl Street, Broadway and Knight Street, DePasquale Square on Atwells Avenue fronting Spruce Street, Wayland Square, and the Joseph A Doorley Jr Municipal Building at 444 Westminster Street.
The Donation Stations cost about $1000 each and can be easily converted into parking meters if needed.
Mayor Elorza kicks off the press conference in the video below:
Lieutenant Henry Remolina of the Providence Police Department has been named Mayor Elorza’s designee to the PVD Gives commission:
Elorza talks about the future of the program and the experimentation that can be done with the program in the future.