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United Way's mission is uniting our community and resources to build racial equity and opportunities for all Rhode Islanders.

Learn more about United Way of Rhode Island's mission and history.

NEED HELP NOW? cALL 211.

United Way’s 211 in Rhode Island is the statewide front door to social services. We can connect you and those you care about with food, housing, job training, and much more.

Not sure if we can help? Prefer to search our resource database on your own? Learn more about 211.

What we're fighting for

UNITING OUR COMMUNITY

Our 10,000+ donors include teachers, union workers, government employees, and corporate staff who give what they can from their paychecks. And each and every one of them is making a difference. Here's why some have pledged to support our mission. (See full list.)

Ashley Gingerella O'Shea
Individual Donor

"I am dedicated to giving back to the state, which has given me and my family so much. I love Rhode Island and am committed to the betterment of my state. I want my children to grow up in an even stronger, more equitable Rhode Island."

OAK STREET HEALTH
Workplace Partner

"The United Way is a 'rock' in Rhode Island, and they have done incredible work for 90+ years. This plan will ensure the state is supported appropriately over the next five years. I and my company would like to be part of that effort to improve Rhode Island for everyone."

Newport partnership for families
Nonprofit Partner

"I dream for Rhode Island to be a place where all voices are heard, respected, and honored. I'm so grateful to the United Way for taking the lead to encourage all organizations to make fundamental changes to make our communities better places for all to live."

Uniting with workplaces

United Way of Rhode Island provides resources and consultative support to help companies shape and measure the return on their community investment and corporate social responsibility.

We’re proud to partner with companies and organizations across the state in support of our mission and their community focus.

Companies partnering with United Way through shared purpose co-create greater value through impact, engagement and reputation.

Workplace giving programs engage employees, build a spirit of teamwork, and increase morale all while making an impact on the community.

uniting with and supporting nonprofits

Do you run a local nonprofit? We want to help. Check out our capacity building resources.

Join us and live united!

Give

Every $1 makes a difference, because every gift helps someone in Rhode Island.

Advocate

Get behind what you care about. Share your voice, lend your name, and get involved.

Volunteer

Put your talents to work. Help your community and have fun doing it.

IN THE NEWS

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15 Features Nonprofit Websites Should Have

Forbes Nonprofit Council

"With so many interactions taking place online, a solid website is a must-have for nonprofit organizations... To help you create a stand-out web presence, a panel of Forbes Nonprofit Council members, including United Way of Rhode Island's president and CEO Cortney Nicolato, share some features nonprofit websites must include to appeal to current and prospective members or supporters.”

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United Way's 401Gives Day helped local nonprofit stay open through the pandemic

401Gives helped local nonprofit stay open

WPRI 12

"401Gives... is held on April 1… This year, 401Gives is especially important since 2020 was a double hit for local nonprofits… with the pandemic collapsing their traditional fundraising opportunities, and… the need for their services increased. 'If we hadn't had 401Gives, we probably would not have made it through the year,' [Karen Dalton, founder of Dare to Dream Ranch] recalled."

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401Gives hopes to raise $1.5M on April 1

Providence Business News

"The community will have another opportunity April 1 to offer their favorite nonprofits support. The second annual 401Gives... online campaign will go live that day... [Donors] can visit 401gives.org and send their donations to various charities and causes... Along with fundraising, United Way is also offering nonprofits digital training and networking opportunities to help the organizations benefit highly from... 401Gives."

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Community Learning Partners Series

Join Women United from 12 – 1 p.m. for the next event in our Community Learning Partners Series, featuring New Urban Arts and Movement Education Outdoors. You'll hear how these organizations are fostering creativity, problem-solving, and a growth mindset in amazing afterschool spaces.

Register here.

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Strength in Storytelling: “All American Boys”

Join Women United from 6 – 7 p.m. for a virtual discussion about the award-winning novel “All American Boys” by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. This discussion will be hosted by Women United member Kristin Cassarino, an instructor at Providence College and William M. Davies, Jr. Career and Technical High School, and Dr. Adama Brown, United Way of Rhode Island's director of research and data analytics.

Register here.

2021 Children Book Drive

2021 Children’s Book Drive

From May 1 – 31, United Way of Rhode Island, Women United, and Books Are Wings are collecting gently-used and new books for our 2021 Children's Book Drive. You can run a book drive at your school or workplace, or with your friends and family. Books may be dropped off at Cardi's Furniture & Mattresses locations in West Warwick, RI, South Attleboro, MA, and Swansea, MA. For more information on drop-off locations or running a book drive, contact bookdrive@unitedwayri.org.

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The Night Is Young

You’re the one that I want, ooh, ooh, honey, to join the Young Leaders Circle from 7 –11 p.m. for a drive-in movie night. We'll be showing 50’s favorite "Grease" at Misquamicut Drive-In Theater. Tickets are $50 per car (two people) and $25 for each additional passenger. All funds raised will go towards providing scholarships for Rhode Island youth enrolled in summer learning programs.

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