$8.5M Raised in RI to Help Community During COVID-19 & Much More Needed - United Way’s Nicolato LIVE

Thursday, June 25, 2020

 

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United Way's Nicolato on GoLocal LIVE

United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) President and CEO Cortney Nicolato appeared on GoLocal LIVE to announce the latest round of grant recipients from the COVID-19 Response Fund, which to date has raised — and released — over $8 million into the community.

“We’re thrilled to announce rounds seven and eight of the COVID-19 relief funds in conjunction with the Rhode Island Foundation,” said Nicolato. “The fund has raised about $8.5 million and this latest round is another $700,000 out into the community, who, as you mentioned, are providing supports to Rhode Islanders today and will over the long term.”

“Groups like Building Futures, who works directly with many Rhode Islanders to learn skills, trade skills, labor union skills so they’ve been supported…various soup kitchens, organizations that are fighting inequities that are happening each and every day in the state of Rhode Island,” said Nicolato.

The African Alliance in Providence received $40,000 to help more than 100 families pay for food, rent, utilities and medical expenses. The organization expects that more than 400 people who have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis will receive help.
 
"COVID-19 has brought suffering to my community. Everyone knows people who have lost a job, gotten sick and struggling to provide the basic necessities of life. Now we can maintain their dignitary while they recover and can once again provide for themselves," said Julius Kolawole, president of the African Alliance.
  
In addition to the African Alliance, Building Futures, Trinity Episcopal Church Food Closet in Scituate, Connecting for Children & Families in Woonsocket, and the Housing Hotline in Newport are among the other organizations that received funding. The grants range from $10,000 to $50,000. 

The full list of awardees and a brief description of what each grant will support is can be found here.

“We’ve finally dispersed all $8.5 million out into the community and we’re incredibly grateful for the generosity of Rhode Island,” said Nicolato.

Need for Funding for Affordable Housing

Nicolato also stressed the need for the state of Rhode Island to have a major effort to expand affordable housing. The median price of a single-family home is now over $315,000. She urges state leaders to make this a critical priority even in this difficult fiscal year.

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United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) President and CEO Cortney Nicolato appeared on GoLocal LIVE to announce the latest round of grant recipients from the COVID-19 Response Fund, which to date has raised — and released — over $8 million into the community.

“We’re thrilled to announce rounds seven and eight of the COVID-19 relief funds in conjunction with the Rhode Island Foundation,” said Nicolato. “The fund has raised about $8.5 million and this latest round is another $700,000 out into the community, who, as you mentioned, are providing supports to Rhode Islanders today and will over the long term.”

 
 

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