Childhood Lead Action Project (Providence, RI)


  • Name:Ms. Roberta Hazen Aaronson
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Childhood Lead Action Project
  • Address:1192 Westminster Street
    Providence, RI 02909
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:(401) 785-1310
  • Main fax:(401) 941-8156

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  • Mission:
  • Founded in 1992, the Childhood Lead Action Project works to eliminate childhood lead poisoning - one of the most common environmental health threats to Rhode Island's children - through education, parent support, and advocacy.

  • Overview:
  • Established in 1992, the Childhood Lead Action Project's (The Project) mission is to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in Rhode Island through education, parent support, and advocacy. The Project coordinates community-based education campaigns for urban communities seriously affected by lead poisoning while mobilizing citizens to organize collectively for environmental justice. The Project's highly acclaimed work has received national recognition, including a prestigious EPA Children’s Environmental Health Excellence Award for outstanding commitment to environmental health.

    The Childhood Lead Action Project uses a dual approach to eliminating lead poisoning in Rhode Island. Our Community Organizing Program is moving Rhode Island forward with lead prevention through the grassroots involvement of people directly affected by this issue and other concerned activists and organizations. Our Get the Lead Out Coalition (GLOC) is the primary vehicle through which we organize for change. GLOC is a network of groups and individuals advocating for improved lead poisoning prevention policy. We do this by defending good laws on the books, pushing for stronger measures, making policy recommendations, and being a watchdog for accountability. Our Safe Refugee Housing Campaign – a GLOC project – is working to reduce the incidence of lead poisoning among refugee children by organizing refugees and supporters for change. The Up To Code Campaign, another GLOC initiative, is creating a systemic approach to rental property inspection, owner outreach, and housing code enforcement in Providence that is in compliance with the Lead Hazard Mitigation Act.

    We also utilize a community-based education approach to lead poisoning prevention. Our Lead Education and Training Program is decreasing the incidence of lead poisoning through community-based education, training, and public awareness. Our initiatives build awareness of the dangers of lead- paint, lead -safety methods, and prevention, screening, treatment, and abatement resources. Initiatives in this area include the Lead-Safe RI! Training Program for contractors and property owners; Lead-Safe House Parties, a creative opportunity for educating immigrants, refugees, and low-literacy parents; Information and Referral Services, disseminating lead information to the public; and our Healthy Homes Outreach Program ensuring homes are healthier for children.

    Lead poisoning is a serious environmental health threat in cities with high concentrations of older homes containing lead paint. Children can become poisoned after ingesting lead found in paint dust, paint chips, soil, water, toys, or jewelry. Even a small amount of lead can have a negative effect on a child's development and can cause serious problems, including learning disabilities, loss of IQ, and behavior and attention problems. Effective lead prevention reduces the need for special education classes and medical treatment for children who have experienced repeated lead exposure.

    Research shows that children are negatively affected by lead at very low levels. For example, a study conducted in Providence, Rhode Island found that reading readiness is adversely affected in kindergarten children with lead levels as low as 5 mcg/dL. Incredibly, two-thirds of Providence kindergarteners had blood lead levels at this level or higher during the period studied. Acknowledging that there is no safe level for lead in the body, in May 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finally lowered the threshold for intervention from 10 mcg/dL to 5 mcg/dL - a decision that will result in thousands of additional children across the country identified as lead poisoned with intervention recommended. Here at home, the RI Department of Health reports that in 2011, 200 children were newly identified as lead poisoned at 10 mcg/dL, but this number jumps to an incredible 1,279 of children poisoned at the new intervention threshold of 5 mcg/dL. This is a very high number for such a small state!

  • History:
  • The Childhood Lead Action Project was established twenty years ago with the mission of eliminating childhood lead poisoning in Rhode Island through education, parent support, and advocacy. At that time virtually no one was championing this cause. An issue of particular concern to low-income communities of color, lead poisoning was not a high priority for action. Over two decades ago, our executive director brought together a coalition of stakeholders concerned about the impact of lead poisoning on children's environmental health to press the state to adopt a comprehensive lead poisoning prevention program. We were ultimately successful; the victory energized us to form our organization and obtain 501(c)3 status in 1992. Since that time, our lead poisoning prevention and grassroots organizing campaigns have been a major catalyst for the state's decrease in lead poisoning cases over the last decade.

    Our advocacy work holds institutions and public officials accountable for conditions that have allowed lead poisoning to continue. The Project's major accomplishments in this arena include:

    -- Winning a campaign to obtain passage of the Lead Hazard Mitigation Act of 2002 (and subsequent amendments). The Act has resulted in thousands of landlords receiving crucial lead prevention training and has opened up new avenues for families of lead poisoned children seeking justice.
    -- Convincing the state health department to lower the level for intervening in lead cases from 20 to 15 mcg/dl, allowing hundreds of families to obtain home inspections and medical services for children with a lower severity of poisoning.

    And, more recently:

    -- Using the threat of human street blockades, we organized two Providence neighborhoods in 2010 to stop potentially dangerous lead pipe replacements.
    -- We helped pass state legislation to significantly raise fines for corporate polluters, using a protest in front of a powerful industry lobbyist's office to get the "polluter fines bill" passed.
    -- We led a successful multiyear organizing campaign to get the DuPont Corporation to release lead settlement funds for education, outreach, and enforcement of lead regulations.

  • Year established:1992
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:15
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:6


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • Tax ID:22-3179528

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:223179528
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:1192 WESTMINSTER ST
  • Organization City:PROVIDENCE
  • Organization State:RI
  • Organization Zip:02909-1411
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:October, 1992
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):123, 124
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc., Study and research (nonscientific)
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:September, 2015
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:September
  • NTEE Code:C012
  • Asset Amount:$47,027
  • Asset Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • Income Amount:$226,091
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$219,119
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 2:26:04 pm

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