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Challenges for nonprofits reach unimagined heights

Providence Business News

"United Way and the Rhode Island Foundation partnered to establish the COVID-19 Response Fund in March and have raised more than $7 million to support nonprofits across the state. So far, the fund has distributed millions of dollars to more than 270 local charitable groups."

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Leaders urge Rhode Islanders to complete the Census

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The Census decides where hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding for things like education, housing, healthcare and transportation end up. Rhode Island state leaders were in Providence on Friday making one final push.

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Rhode Island launches 211 voter information hotline

Providence Business News

"Rhode Island residents with questions about voting during the coronavirus pandemic now have a one-stop resource to get the answers."

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PBN announces 2020 Best Places to Work honorees

Providence Business News

"Providence Business News has announced 66 honorees for its 2020 Best Places to Work program. Each of the companies recognized for this year’s program were judged based on human resources policies and confidential surveys of employees put together by Best Companies Group."

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Strength in numbers? Nonprofits eye an alliance

Providence Business News

"United Way of Rhode Island CEO Cortney Nicolato said COVID-19 has done “nothing but elevate” the need for a “true support network” for non­profits in Rhode Island... Nicolato believes a collective voice for nonprofits on particular issues – such as having them included in discussions about small-business funding – is a “critical avenue” to make politicians, policymakers and the public aware of their financial struggles."

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Grant helps Woonsocket Summer Learning run through COVID

Valley Breeze

"The Woonsocket Summer Learning Initiative, located in the C3 Center at 120 Northeast St. in Woonsocket, has received a $142,000 grant from United Way."

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Raimondo launches $7-million rental assistance program with United Way

Providence Journal

"Gov. Gina Raimondo on Friday unveiled a $7-million initiative with the United Way of Rhode Island to provide tenants with help paying back rent and securing legal representation, with a goal of reaching resolutions outside of the court and keeping people in their homes."

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Project HELLO: You had me at ‘how are you doing today?’

Providence Journal

"The woman whose thoughts on paper practically jumped up and got busy giving older Rhode Islanders a way to engage socially while keeping their social distance, had no trouble thinking of a name for the program or selling it to the director of the state Office of Healthy Aging."

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Affordable housing urged as ‘pathway to economic recovery’ in R.I.

Providence Journal

"I encourage our legislators, our advocates and our community leaders to be courageous, to be bold and to find the solution so that Rhode Island is truly a safe and affordable place to call home," Cortney Nicolato, president and CEO of the United Way of Rhode Island, said while hosting a Zoom call with other advocates and lawmakers on Thursday.

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Voting Begins for Nonprofit Innovation Lab

“Following months of honing their innovative ideas to create positive social impact in our state, leaders of six nonprofits will make their pitch to Rhode Islanders via brief videos in hopes of winning the Public Choice Award of the Nonprofit Innovation Lab. The voting opens Jan. 19 and ends on Jan. 24, with the winning organization receiving $5,000 in funding.”

Leaders Selected for ED Learning Circle

“Leaders of 11 local nonprofits have been selected by United Way of Rhode Island as fellows for its next Executive Director Learning Circle series. The year-long program takes an innovative approach to building the capacity of, and strengthening, the state’s nonprofit sector.”

211: On the Line

“It’s been very, very difficult at times,” shares Evelyn Cabrera, a senior community resource specialist and team leader for United Way 211 in Rhode Island. “But I couldn’t be more proud of our work and the ways we’ve been there to help our fellow Rhode Islanders throughout this crisis.”

United Way Welcomes New Board Members

“United Way of Rhode Island has appointed a total of 10 community leaders across its board of directors and its Community Advisory Board, while also naming a new board chair. Assuming leadership of the board of directors is Dolph Johnson, EVP, Chief Global Human Resources Officer for Hasbro, Inc.”

Starkweather & Shepley: Annual Celebration Honoree

“Here at United Way of Rhode Island… we take great pride in our role as a convener, bringing community stakeholders together to address our state’s most important issues. And we are tremendously fortunate to have partners that support not only our work, but also our vision for a Rhode Island that is the best it can be.”

Homes RI: Annual Celebration Honoree

“It’s no secret that Rhode Island is in the midst of a housing crisis — one that began prior to COVID-19 and that’s since reached epic proportions over the past 18 months. As it’s estimated the Ocean State is short some 20,000+ units of affordable housing… one group in particular is leading the charge toward flipping the script.”

Linda Katz: Annual Celebration Honoree

“When someone receives an award named in honor of the revered, late U.S. Senator John Chafee as Linda Katz has this week, you know they’re a powerhouse for good. Chafee, who is likely best known for his work in the Senate, was also a Marine, a Secretary of the Navy, and Rhode Island’s 66th Governor.”

George Nee: Annual Celebration Honoree

“It’s been quite the ride for George Nee since he felt inspired to leave Boston College in 1969 to help organize the grape boycott for the United Farm Workers of America in Dorchester, Massachusetts. The decision would kick off a more than 50-year commitment to labor and the rights of workers.”

United Way Invests $175,029 in Olneyville

United Way of Rhode Island has sent a total of $175,029 in grants to 12 nonprofits for their work to create long-term change in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence. The community investments were awarded from United Way’s special Olneyville Fund and… [support] the Lift United goals of its LIVE UNITED 2025 strategic plan to create opportunities for all Rhode Islanders.

2021 Summer Learning Initiative Recap

“A year after COVID-19 turned summer learning programs upside down, youth in five communities reveled in a full return to engaging, in-person activities this summer — with recommended safety guidelines in place and the support of dozens of partners.”

Women United Invests $124K in OSTL

“Women United… has awarded… $124K in grants to three local organizations in support of increasing access to experiential learning for underserved K-3 students and to expand out-of-school time programs for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) youth.”

Uber, R.I., and 211 Partner for Vaccine Rides

“The partnership supports the State’s goal to vaccinate as many Rhode Islanders as possible by the end of summer by providing free rides to all R.I. vaccine sites for those with limited access to transportation.”