Building economic security

Building economic security

Lift United

WHAT WE'RE UP AGAINST

Families struggling to make ends meet are often one flat tire or unexpected medical bill away from not being able to pay their rent that month.

CHILDHOOD POVERTY

38%

is the percent of Latinx children who live in poverty in Rhode Island

HOME OWNERSHIP

<50%

is the portion of Black and Latinx Rhode Islanders who own their homes compared to whites

LIVING IN POVERTY

150,000

is the number of Rhode Islanders who live in poverty, with many more considered cost-burdened

WHAT WE'RE DOING TO BUILD ECONOMIC SECURITY

Supporting adult education, job training, and businesses owned by women and minorities

We are advocating and investing to:

  • Expand access to adult educations and job training programs, especially for multi-language learners.
  • Ensure these programs train our neighbors for the livable wage jobs of tomorrow, as well as of today.
  • Support the growth and stability of businesses owned by women and minorities in Rhode Island, which in turn will drive economic growth in our state.
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Working to avoid evictions.

Securing affordable housing for all

We are investing in and advocating for systems and programs that re-imagine housing so that it is safe and affordable for all who live in our state.

Investing in care coordination for 211 callers

When Rhode Islanders call 211, they are in crisis or one step away from a crisis. While continuing to connect the roughly 200,000 callers each year with the resources they need right away, we are developing a social service care coordination system so that 211 callers will have more comprehensive support and more streamlined access to the resources they need. Improved efficiencies in the social service sector with improved speed of access to services will improve health and wellbeing of Rhode Islanders. We’re starting this year by transforming our 211 technology.

Working towards our Lift United 2025 Goals

LIVE United 2025: Lift United

Building Economic Security

Through our Lift United pillar, we’re investing in affordable housing, improving care coordination, and expanding access to adult education and job training. We’re also supporting the growth and stability of women- and minority-owned businesses.

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Goal: Employment

Reduce the number of Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) who are underemployed or unemployed by 25%.

Source: Dept. of Labor and Training (2019)
Frequency: TBA

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Housing is a fundamental human right and, today, too many Rhode Islanders are on the brink of homelessness

Goal: Affordable Housing

Reduce the number of Rhode Islanders who are housing cost burdened by 25%.

Key: Housing Cost Burdened
Blue = No, Orange = Yes

Percentage of Cost Burdened

Number of Cost Burdened

Source: HousingWorks RI Annual FactBook
Frequency: Annual

HOW YOU CAN HELP BUILD ECONOMIC SECURITY FOR ALL

Join us. That's what it means to "Live United." We can't do this alone.

Vote

Vote yes on 3 for the housing bond special election in February 2020.

Pledge

Sign our equity pledge to join us in eliminating policies that disadvantage Rhode Islanders of color.

Give

Donate today or through your employer’s annual giving campaign to support our efforts.

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

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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