PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Among Brown University’s many initiatives dedicated to serving the greater community, its partnership with United Way of Rhode Island is among the most longstanding.
Over the course of a decades-long partnership, the Brown community has raised millions of dollars for the organization through its annual Brown Gives fundraising campaign. Those funds support initiatives that provide essentials like food — nearly 121,000 Rhode Islanders struggle with hunger — housing, childcare, job training and utility assistance to Rhode Islanders in need.
The vast scope of individuals and communities in Providence and across the Ocean State that benefit from these efforts makes the organization an ideal partner for Brown, said University President Christina H. Paxson.
“At Brown, we partner with the United Way because we strongly believe in its mission of strengthening the community through education and ensuring that the most basic human needs, like food and housing, are met for all of our neighbors,” Paxson said.
In 2020 and 2021, the University has sought to deepen this commitment to the organization, becoming a leader among its community partners by offering sustained financial support for its strategic response to calls for pandemic relief and racial equity.
Every dollar contributed directly funds a range of programs that meet pressing needs.
Last year, United Way of Rhode Island’s 211 phone line answered 255,792 calls, connecting Rhode Islanders with food, housing, childcare, addiction recovery services and more. More than 8,935 eligible, working residents received free tax preparation services through the organization’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, returning some $27 million to the pockets of low-wage Rhode Islanders and the state’s economy. A COVID-19 Response Fund launched with the Rhode Island Foundation deployed more than $8.5 million to secure medical supplies for health care workers and assist nearly 200 nonprofits in providing food and housing to affected Rhode Islanders. And the organization’s Women United Executive Committee granted $395,000 to eight literacy-focused nonprofits.