COVID-19 Community Response

United to Help

Coming Together in Times of Crisis.

Fires, floods, and recessions – over the past 94 years, United Way of Rhode Island has helped communities across the state through some very difficult times. When an emergency hits, we roll up our sleeves and partner with businesses, donors and volunteers, state agencies, and nonprofits to meet the most urgent needs of our state's families and communities.

211: Answering the Call.

Our 211 specialists are assisting the Rhode Island Department of Health with call center support. In just the first week of the crisis, we spoke with more than 3,000 Rhode Islanders; a number that continues growing every day. We're helping families find meals, as well as offering them information on temporary unemployment benefits and more.

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Resources and Information

The response to COVID-19 is evolving, Rhode Islanders need the most current information. This page is updated every day with useful numbers, services, and up-to-date resources.

A smiling boy wearing blue latex gloves balances a trash picker on his shoulders as he takes a break from picking up trash in an Olneyville park.

COVID-19 Response Fund

United Way has partnered with the Rhode Island Foundation to create the COVID-19 Response Fund in support of direct-service nonprofits impacted by the pandemic.

Nonprofits keep our communities strong.

Nonprofit Survey

Nonprofits are always there for Rhode Islanders. What happens when that need is too great? Nonprofits, complete our survey so we know exactly how we can help you. 


Volunteer List

We're creating a list of volunteers to support our communities. If you want to help nonprofits, please complete this short survey. We’ll only contact you if there's a match.


Free Tax Filing Services

Among the many things that COVID-19 has disrupted, filing your taxes is on that list. United Way has a great tax filing service, and the best part is it's free.


The Impact on Nonprofits

To understand how COVID-19 is impacting local nonprofits, we asked them to complete a survey. 159 responded... and this is what they told us.


Donate by texting: RICOVID19 to 51555.