Award Celebration to be held March 2, 2017

Providence, RI – United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) celebrates the first ten years of 2-1-1 service in Rhode Island. They will release a annual data report and honor community partners on Thursday, March 2nd at 3:30pm.  The presentation will be held at the Rhode Island State House, followed by reception at Bravo Brasserie.

The 2-1-1 Annual Data Release Help Starts HereWith 200,000 calls a year, 2-1-1 in RI has a pulse on the basic needs that are being met, and where Rhode Islanders struggle, year after year. Among the top needs, Help Starts Here shares why access to housing is a top priority for UWRI, including why we voted Yes on 7 and what we’ll advocate for in the 2017 legislative session.

The Annual 2-1-1 Partner Awards will be the following:

Citizens Bank

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of RI

Charles Fogarty, Rhode Island DEA

Roshni Darnal, Federal Hill House, VITA program

Stephen A. Vadnais, Pawtucket Housing Authority


Since 2007, United Way 2-1-1 in Rhode Island handled 1,640,500 requests from Rhode Islanders in need, an average of 200,000 each year.

2-1-1 provides all Rhode Islanders a free, human connection 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year – in multiple languages.