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WHAT'S YOUR PASSION?

Here are simple things you can do today to help build racial equity and opportunities for all Rhode Islanders.

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Advocate for Rhode Island state support for 211

United Way of Rhode Island had applied for $500,000 in federal funding for 211 for 2025, but was not able to secure the earmark. Since the federal funding was denied, United Way is asking for Rhode Island state support.

211 is a free and confidential helpline service maintained by United Way of Rhode Island. Rhode Islanders call 2-1-1 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, in nearly 200 languages, to be connected to the statewide network of social services.

This funding will support general operations including staffing, technology, and overhead.

Rhode Island needs more people to advocate for issues they’re passionate about. Are you ready to become an advocate?
Studio10's Ben DeCastro talking with Kevin Matta, senior director of people and culture for United Way of Rhode Island.

United Way’s Equity Challenge to honor Juneteenth

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Studio10's Ben DeCastro is learning more about... United Way of Rhode Island's Equity Challenge. The event is meant to help people and businesses become more knowledgeable about topics surrounding diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and more.

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Roshni Darnal is United Way of Rhode Island’s director of community investments. / Courtesy United Way of Rhode Island.

Five Questions With: Roshni Darnal

Providence Business News

Roshni Darnal is the director of community investments for United Way of Rhode Island... where she manages the organization's strategic direction to address the needs of Rhode Islanders through its grantmaking processes… Darnal spoke with Providence Business News about those grantmaking changes and what it means for the nonprofit community moving forward.

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FCARI: Prescription Delivery Services for Seniors

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 89% of adults 65 and older take prescription medicine. For seniors who have mobility issues or are unable to leave their homes to go to the pharmacy, using a prescription delivery service is a simple solution.

This resource provides seniors and their caregivers with the top prescription delivery services, information on financial assistance options, and guidance on choosing the best service for their specific needs. Learn more at: www.caring.com/best-prescription-delivery-services/

United Way Hosting Equity Challenge

As part of United Way of Rhode Island’s ongoing commitment to and demonstration of diversity, equity, and inclusion, the organization is preparing to host its 2024 Equity Challenge. All Rhode Islanders, individuals, and families, as well as local businesses, organizations, and groups are invited to participate in the challenge, which is being offered at no […]

United Way Accepting Applications for Providence Equity Fund

In collaboration with the City of Providence and aligned with its mission to build racial equity and opportunities for all Rhode Islanders, United Way has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for the Providence Equity Fund grant program. Available funding is to support strategies that promote racial and social equity, economic mobility, and educational opportunities for underserved populations in Providence.

United Way Hosts 12th Children’s Book Drive

United Way of Rhode Island’s Children’s Book Drive is back! In April and May, we’re teaming up with Books Are Wings to help Rhode Island children build their own libraries at home. Join us by buying and shipping books, dropping off books at one of our collection sites, or hosting a drive.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Equity Challenge 2024

June 19 - 27, 2024

Over the course of 7 days, employees throughout the state of Rhode Island will have the opportunity to participate in various activities, each designed to broaden perspectives and inspire meaningful conversations while demonstrating an individual and/or organizational commitment to equity.

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Annual Celebration 2024

Save the date!

Thursday, October 10
6 - 8 p.m.

Waterfire Arts Center
475 Valley St., Providence