East Providence Heritage Days Inc. was founded in 1981. It is a 501c3 non-profit corporation. The organization plans and administers many culturecentric events whose goal is to raise public awareness of the arts and their importance and value to the quality of life in a community. The most notable of these events is the Heritage Festival which has become a yearly tradition for the past three decades. Proceeds from these activities are used to sustain the corporation's work as well as to benefit other non-profits. Throughout the years East Providence Heritage Days, Inc. has awarded sizable funding to Crossroads RI, Big Brothers of RI, The Women's Center, American Brain Tumor Association, Emergency Communities, Lauren Zarembka Memorial Scholarship Foundation, East Bay Community Action Program, Builders Helping Heroes, American Red Cross Haitian and most recently Japanese Relief efforts among others. The corporation is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. Our mission is to provide cultural and educational opportunities that recognize, promote, preserve and pay tribute to our many cultural heritages. It is our goal to foster understanding of and pride in our collective aesthetic, intellectual and social origins and to transmit in tangible fashion a sense of that pride, knowledge and appreciation to succeeding generations.