How the United Way is Helping Nonprofits - and Rhode Islanders in Need - During Coronavirus Crisis

Friday, March 20, 2020

 

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Cortney Nicolato joined GoLocal LIVE from her home office to provide an update from the United Way.

United Way of Rhode Island Executive Director Cortney Nicolato appeared on GoLocal LIVE where she spoke to how the agency is helping Rhode Islanders — and specifically nonprofits that help those in need — during the coronavirus crisis. 

“211. as everybody knows is a 24/7, 365 call center here in Rhode Island — we usually serve 17,000 Rhode Islanders every year, available in 200 different languages,” said Nicolato. “Our call volume has escalated and then some to about 400 additional calls each day, and these calls from Rhode Islanders, many have lost their jobs already and have been laid off and really need to access resources."

"We have nonprofit organizations who are struggling to be able to serve the unbelievably growing population of folks that need services from our nonprofit community, everything from housing to rent supports to food access to helping folks," said Nicolato. "We’re trying to load our nonprofit organizations with more tools in their toolboxes, to be able to provide additional resources."

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Currently, the United Way is conducting a nonprofit survey of the capabilities and needs of the state’s nonprofits — CLICK HERE.

Teaming Up with RI Foundation

The RI Foundation has partnered with the United Way in Rhode Island to help nonprofits in need, raising what Nicolato says is more than $3.5 million to date. 

“We know that many nonprofits have had to cancer events which is a primary way for them to fundraise and meet their revenue and income goals — and we also know that they’re prodding additional supports like utility assistance and housing assistance,” said Nicolato, who said the funds will be dispersed to help meet nonprofits operational needs. 

United Way of Rhode Island Executive Director Cortney Nicolato appeared on GoLocal LIVE where she spoke to how the agency is helping Rhode Islanders — and specifically nonprofits that help those in need — during the coronavirus crisis. 

 
 

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