We Stand United For:

Every day, discrimination affects the health, well-being, and hope of our colleagues, neighbors, friends, and family members. 

For nearly 95 years, United Way has changed lives by investing in communities across Rhode Island. Even though much of our work has focused on equity, inequity continues to be a major barrier for many Rhode Islanders. If our state cannot ensure equality, then it's time for us to increase engagement, elevate our role, and bring about change. 

We call on you to join us. Rhode Islanders have a deep-rooted passion to help others in times of need... and there's no better time than the present.

We stand united against all forms of discrimination. Together, we will continue to:

  • Partner with organizations that place equity at the forefront of their work.
  • Advocate for changing discriminatory policies.
  • Work to ensure affordable housing and high-quality education is accessible to all.
  • Educate community members about racism and facilitating change.

Community First Conversations

Standing United: Part I

On Friday, June 5, 2020, Angela Bannerman Ankoma, United Way's executive vice president, director of community investments, hosted part one of Standing United — a special segment of our weekly Facebook Live series: Community First Conversations. She spoke with a panel of four Black mothers about racism in Rhode Island and their hopes for the future.

Standing United: Part II

On Friday, June 12, 2020, United Way's Kyle Bennett, director of policy and research, and Larry Warner, director of grants and strategic initiatives, co-hosted part two of Standing United. They spoke with two Black Rhode Island men about racism and the importance of working together to build community.

Equality Resources

Support Equality

We're making Rhode Island a safer, more equitable place for all... regardless of race. There's a lot of work left to do; support our Community Impact Fund and let's do it together.