Live United 2025

Live United 2025

For the community, by the community

uniting the community for equity

Learn what it means to "Live United."

United Way of Rhode Island is incredibly grateful for the hundreds of thousands of Rhode Islanders who have sustained our work since our inception in 1926. Our commitment to this work is matched only by the passion of those who support us. The LIVE UNITED 2025 strategic plan was built by this community for this community and will guide United Way of Rhode Island’s next five years with a bold and transformational plan that aligns with our rich legacy of proven programs and community engagement. We’re committed to our community and plan to invest $100 million over the next five years to build racial equity in Rhode Island and to create justice and opportunities for all. But, we can’t do it without you.

The video of our January 2021 Annual Celebration, right, celebrates the heroes among us and shares our vision for the next chapter of United Way of Rhode Island.

Scroll down to see a list of the institutions, coalitions, and individuals who have pledged to support our mission.

 

Join us by signing this pledge.

"We commit to stand with the United Way of Rhode Island to unite our community and resources to build racial equity and opportunities for all Rhode Islanders. We pledge to take meaningful action to address the issues of racial equity and justice in Rhode Island."

For more information about our mission and how we plan to accomplish it, download our LIVE UNITED 2025 strategic plan.

PLEDGED TO BUILD RACIAL EQUITY (As of 2/24/2021)

Institutions & coalitions

Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C.

Adoption Rhode Island

Advancing Workplace Excellence

ASTRO Academy

AWE

BankNewport

Banneker Supply Chain Solutions

Beauline Media

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island

Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island

Books Are Wings

Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County

Boys Town New England

Brave River Solutions

Brown University

Building Futures

Business Innovation Factory

Central Falls School District

Centreville Bank

City of Central Falls

City of East Providence

City of Pawtucket

City of Providence

Collette

Community Action Partnership of Providence County

Community College of Rhode Island

Community Provider Network of Rhode Island

Comprehensive Community Action

Connecting for Children and Families

COYOTE RI

Cranston Family Center

Cranston Library

Cranston Public Library

CVS Health

Dimeo Construction Company

DownCity Design

Economic Progress Institute

Enterprise Holdings

Family Service of Rhode Island

Federal Hill House

FM Global

Formerly Incarcerated Union of Rhode Island

Foster Forward

Generation Citizen

Genesis Center

Gilbane, Inc.

Global Science Envirotech

Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island

Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce

Grow Smart RI

Habitat for Humanity of Rhode Island- Greater Providence

HarborOne Bank

Hasbro

Herren Project

Hope's Harvest RI

House of Hope CDC

HousingWorks RI

IGT

International Manufacturing Services

Johnson & Wales University

Judith Kaye Training & Consulting

Kaplan Consulting

Knight Consulting

Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA)

Latino Policy Institute

Leadership Rhode Island

LISC RI

Lock Arms For Peace

MakeupByKham, LLC

Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island

Mental Health Association of Rhode Island

Milenio Latino Institute

Montessori Community School of Rhode Island

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Mutual of America

National Grid

New Urban Arts

Newport Partnership for Families

Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce

Oak Street Health

OCYL: The Mayor's Office of Children, Youth and Learning

Olneyville Library Friends Group

ONE Neighborhood Builders

Opportunities Unlimited

Parent Support Network of RI

Partnership for RI

Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP

PASA

Pawtucket Central Falls Development Corporation

Progreso Latino

Providence Afterschool Alliance (PASA)

Providence Housing Authority

Reach Out and Read Rhode Island

Rhode Island AFL-CIO

Rhode Island AFL-CIO

Rhode Island Afterschool Network (RIAN)

Rhode Island Chapter of the National Organization for Women

Rhode Island Coalition for Children and Families

Rhode Island Coalition of Black Women, Inc.

Rhode Island Community Food Bank

Rhode Island CPCU

Rhode Island Department of Education

Rhode Island Department of Health

Rhode Island Department of Human Services

Rhode Island Environmental Education Association

Rhode Island for Community and Justice

Rhode Island General Treasurer

Rhode Island Head Start Collaboration Office, Department of Human Services

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT

Rhode Island Library Association

Rhode Island Monthly

Rhode Island Office of Veterans Services

Rhode Island Office of Veterans Services

Rhode Island School for Progressive Education

Rhode Island School for Progressive Education

Rhode Island Secretary of State

Rhode Island Society for Human Resource Management State Chapter (RI SHRM)

Rhode Island Society of CPAs

RIght from the Start Campaign Steering Committee

Riverzedge Arts

Roger WIlliams University

Sankofa Community Connection

Social Enterprise Greenhouse

Sojourner House

Sophia Academy

Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage, Inc.

StrategicPoint Investment Advisors

Systems Change Strategies

Teknor Apex

Textron Inc.

The Arc of Bristol County dba proAbility

The Autism Project

The Capacity Group

The College Crusade

The Gamm Theatre

The Gordon School

The MUSE Foundation

The Nuñez Co

The Perry Group

The Washington Trust Company

Tomás Ávila Consulting

Treasurer's Office

Tri-Bro Manufacturing

Unite Us

URI Cooperative Extension

URI Feinstein College of Education & Professional Studies

Webster Bank

Westbay Community Action

Women United

Women's Fund of Rhode Island

Young Voices

Individuals

Traci Adedeji

Katje Afonseca

Betsy Akin

Claire Akin

Marisa Albanese

Darlene Allen

Christine Alves

Cristina Amedeo

Angela Bannerman Ankoma

Christine Arouth

Peter Asen

Tara Atwood

Tomas Avila

Toby Ayers

Tatiana Baena

Bobby Gondola & Guilaume Bagal

Amanda Baker

Denise Barge

Jessica Barry

Carol G. Barton

Angel Bateman

Michael       Beauregard

Carolyn & Peter Belisle

Kyle Bennett

Nancy Benoit

Michelle Berg

Sylvia Bernal

Marcela Betancur

Laurie & Ruud Bosman

Alyssa Boss

David Bouchard

Isabelle Boullier

Heather Bovenzi

Kimberly Bright

Dawn Brindamour

Jennifer Bristol

Michelle Brophy

Nicholas Brown

Ellie Brown

Elizabeth Burke     Bryant

Bill Bullard

Paul Buonvino

Kathleen Burke

Samantha Burnett

Cynthia Butler

Roberta Butler

Cindy Scibetta Butts

Mariana Cannon

Sandra Cano

Ainsley Morisseau Cantoral

Víctor Capellan

Elizabeth Capron

Melissa Carden

Claudia Cardozo

Michelle Carr

Richard & Louise Carriere

Brian Carroll

Shannon Carroll

Kristin Cassarino

Liz Catucci

Barbara Chernow

Amanda Choiniere

Peter Chung

Congressman David Cicilline

Anne Ciresi

Amanda Clarke

Brenda Clement

John Coffey

Jeanne Cola

Kevin Colman

Lisa Conlan

Sandy Connor

Gary Convertino

Paul Cooney

Andrew Cortes

Lynn Corwin

Sean Cottrell

Cayla Cozzo

Leah Creiglow

Patrick Crowley

Al Cumplido

Meg Curran

Terese Curtin

Amy Daley

Joanne Daly

Robert & Karen DeFelice

Lisy Delaroca

Erin Desmarais

Julie DiBari

Lori DiMatteo

James Diossa

Jayne Donegan

Erin Donovan-Boyle

Judy Downey

Mayor Jorge Elorza

John Emge

Jennifer Ewing

Jonathan Fain

Maura Farrell

Carrie Bridges Feliz

Kimberly Fernandez

Paola Fernandez

Rilwan Feyisitan

John Flaherty

Rachel Flum

Lisa Fougere

Mary Fox

Hilary Levey Friedman

John Furia

Catherine Fury

Naglaa Gaafar

Monika Gabriele

Adrienne Gagnon

James Galloway

Jim & Cory Galloway

Walt Galloway

Ruth Gallucci

April Garcia

Ed Garcia

Diana Garlington

Armeather Gibbs

Ralph Gillis

Dana Ginestet

Jill Glickman

Liz Goodermote

Lisa Goodlin

Nellie Gorbea

Courtney Gotjen

Meg Grady

Amy Gravell

Mayor Donald Grebien

Gergory Greco

Catherine Green

Lisa Guillette

Susan Gunter

Ryan Hall

Melissa Hamlin

Amos Hamrick

Rob Hancock

Susan Hartson

Brooke Havens

Jennifer Hawkins

Mary Helldorfer-Cooney

Evita Hernaez

Karen Hetzel

Carissa Hill

Sean Holley

Patricia       Holliday

Joel Huval

Julia Huxley

Junior Jabbie

Laura Jaworski

Petra  Jenkins

Arielle Jennings

Gloria Johnson

Dolph Johnson

Jesse Jordan

Taylor Justice

Wendy Kagan

MJ Kaplan

Saul Kaplan

Judy Kaye

Maryclaire Knight

MaryKay Koreivo

Jennifer       Koziol

Mark Kravatz

Tanja Kubas-Meyer

Margaret Lamb

Beverly E. Ledbetter, Esq.

Michele       Lederberg

Kim Barker Lee

Kate Levin

Carlene Lighty-Fiorito

Linda Lulli

Emily Lyon

Treasurer Seth Magaziner

Francie Mantak

Chantrey Marchand

George Marley

Sandra Mazo

Linda McBride

Icie Mccarthy

Suzanne McCormick

Christine McDermott

Margaret Holland McDuff

Joan McElroy

Joanne McGunagle

Emily McHugh

Ayana Melvan

Rachel Miller

Amanda Minor

Terri Monjar

Wendy Montgomery

Barbara Mullen

Deirdre Murphy

Lauren Nance

George Nee

Raymond Neirinckx

Kelly Nevins

Cortney & David Nicolato

Jessica Null

Ray Nuñez

Sean Gamache Ocasio

Anita Oliver

Ashley Gingerella O'Shea

Trey Pac

John Palumbo

Barbara Papitto

Alexandra Pastor

Laura Freedman Pedrick

Stephanie Pelletier

Hugh Peltz

Niamh Perreault

Gregg Perry

Shelley Peterson

Carol Peterson

Alexandra Pezzello

Dawne Pezzuco

Claire Phipps

Andrew Pierson

Milagros Pilla

Tyla Pimentel

Sid Plakkot

Kristin Zosa Puleo

Betsey Purinton

Joanne Quinn

Kelly Ramirez

Susan Randall-Johnson

Ashley Rappa

Jacqueline Rastella

Kristin Read

Marybeth Reilly-McGreen

Julia Reinhardt

Jennifer Remmes

Mike Ritz

Esther Robbins

Bella Robinson

Stu Robinson

R Anthony Rolle

Randall Rosenthall

Sandy Ross

Ben Roth

Sabrina Uribe Ruggiero

Carla Sabatino

Christopher Sabitoni

Paul Salera

Hillary Salmons

Frances Sammons

Ashley Sanchez

Bonnie Sawyer

Andrew Schiff

Daniel Schleifer

Genevieve Schultz

Gregory Sciarra

Nancy          Serpa

Jeanine       Silversmith

Barbara       Silvis

Patrick        Simmonds

Cynthia       Skevington

Courtney Smith

Terence Sobolewski

Stacia Soucy

Tina Spears

Shivan & Jyothi     Subramaniam

Jeff Sullivan

Elisabeth Swain

Grace Swinski

Lysa Teal

Joseph Tomchak

Zoya Tseytlin

Kelsea Tucker

Lori Turner

Emily Ustach

Khamry Varfley

Kate Venturini

Erik Verloop

Kim Vincent

Vanessa Volz

Polly Wall

Linda Ward

Larry Warner

Clare Weisenfluh

Linda Weisinger

Nancy Whit

Liz Lemire White

Jocelynn White

Kristen Williams

Cyndie Wilmot

Juan Wilson Jr.

Kasim Yarn

Toni Motta & Frank Yip

John Zanni

JoAnn Zerbo

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Invest in after-school and summer learning

The Providence Journal

"As Rhode Island’s policymakers allocate [American Rescue Plan Act] funding for education recovery and school districts determine how to spend those funds, it’s crucial that they partner with and fund after-school and summer learning programs," share Roshni Darnal, director of community investments at United Way of Rhode Island, and Maryclaire Knight.

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Justin Thomas has made large strides toward building a new life in Rhode Island during and after his time in prison, but he remains saddled with court-related debt that will weigh on him for many years. He is among many people who may benefit from a new program that can reduce fines and fees, but not restitution. David DelPoio/The Providence Journal

RI opens path to break cycle of court fees

The Providence Journal

"Long after Rhode Islanders serve their time in prison, many are saddled with thousands of dollars in court fees and fines, even as they struggle to rebuild fractured lives... On Thursday, Nov. 18, a first-of-its kind event will take place to help people navigate their way back into society."

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Two Youthbuild Preparatory Academy students sealing a wooden floor. Youthbuild is one of many organizations that make up Rhode Island's nonprofit sector. YOUTHBUILD PREPARATORY ACADEMY

R.I. can no longer overlook nonprofit sector

The Boston Globe

"The pandemic has highlighted the essential, irreplaceable roles played by Rhode Island's nonprofit sector. And our state investments and attention to the sector needs to reflect that."

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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.”

UPCOMING EVENTS

Embracing Equitable Practices in OSTL

Join the Rhode Island Afterschool Network for our fall 2021 professional development conference, Embracing Equitable Practices in OSTL, on Friday, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Dec. 4. You'll learn strategies from experts in our field and receive tools to help mitigate the impact of racism and inequities on our youth. This is a virtual event.

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Learn with Leaders ft. Steven O’Donnell

Join United Way of Rhode Island's Young Leaders Circle for Learn with Leaders featuring Steven O'Donnell on Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 6 – 7 p.m. You'll hear how Steve has risen through the ranks in public safety and now paves the way so underserved youth in Rhode Island can reach their full potential. This is a free, virtual event.

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Community Learning Partners

Join United Way of Rhode Island's Women United for our next Community Learning Partners event on Thursday, Dec. 9, from noon – 1 p.m. You'll hear from Camp RYSE, Meeting Street, and Mt. Hope Learning Center — three Women United grantee partners doing exceptional work to support childhood learning. This is a free, virtual event.

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YLC Holiday Event and Stocking Drive

Join United Way of Rhode Island's Young Leaders Circle (YLC) in spreading holiday cheer as we collect stuffed stockings for underserved youth in Rhode Island. Bring a stocking filled with gloves, gift cards, and other goodies to the Narragansett Beer Taproom in Providence on Thursday, Dec. 16, from 6 – 7 p.m. and receive a complimentary beer ticket for up to three beers.

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