Welcome to Olneyville: A Photo Exhibit

The greatest of these.

Welcome to Olneyville, a vibrant section of Providence founded on the banks of the Woonasquatucket River. Although the city is known for many things, including being the birthplace of the hot wiener, it’s best known for something far greater — being an accepting community. For generations, people from around the world have settled in Olneyville, each contributing to its unique character. In addition to its diverse population, Olneyville is home to many nonprofit agencies.

In his first public photo exhibit, Jason Boulay captures the moments shared by the people and nonprofits who call this lively community home. You can experience this collection for yourself, now through September 30, at United Way of Rhode Island.


A child listens intently from his mother’s lap as she reads him a story during Olneyville Library’s Providence Talks. This branch is part of the Providence Community Library, a nonprofit that cultivates meaningful partnerships and promotes vibrant neighborhoods.


Two students conduct online research at the Manton Avenue Project clubhouse earlier this year. The nonprofit nurtures the unique potential of young people living in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood.


Students at William D’Abate Elementary School take turns drawing shapes in the sand during a lesson on mindfulness with the Center for Resilience. The nonprofit works to inspire success one moment at a time.


A young girl watches as her mother points to a page in an activity book they’re reading at Olneyville Library’s Providence Talks. The Providence Community Library provides a welcoming, safe space for the city’s diverse population through its network of neighborhood libraries.


Shanon Smith, an instructor with the Center for Resilience, teaches students at William D’Abate Elementary School about perseverance and stress management. The nonprofit helps children empower themselves through the practice of mindfulness.


A Manton Avenue Project staff member helps two students with their online research at the nonprofit’s clubhouse. The nonprofit embraces the unique potential of young people living in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood.

For more information on the photographs or United Way of Rhode Island’s work, please contact Jason Boulay.