United Way of Rhode Island

2022 State Employee Annual Giving Campaign

Chairman James E. Thorsen, Director of Administration


State employees come together every year to help our neighbors by giving to the RI State Employee Annual Giving Campaign. You can make a one-time gift or regular payroll deduction to support the thousands of RI non-profit organizations that are working for all Rhode Islanders.

Donating is easy

You can make a one-time donation or arrange for a payroll deduction, so that your giving continues throughout the year. As little as a dollar per pay period translates into meaningful support over time.

You choose where your money goes

On the campaign portal, https://uwriweb.org/RIstate, you can search the database for your favorite charity. There’s even a write-in option.

You can also choose to donate to one of five ready-made funds:

  • United Way’s Community Impact Fund: The Community Impact Fund supports UWRI’s mission uniting our community and resources to build racial equity and opportunities for all Rhode Islanders.

  • Fund for Basic Needs: Gifts to Basic Needs provide people with help in a temporary crisis, as well as fund programs that provide them the long-term stability to get back on track.

  • Fund for United Way 211 in Rhode Island: 211 is Rhode Island’s 24/7 helpline, connecting Rhode Islanders with basic needs like food and housing, access to healthcare, and other services.

  • Fund for Education for All: The Fund for Education for All supports early childhood education, afterschool programs, and summer programs, as well as financial literacy and job skill development programs.

  • Fund for Women United: UWRI’s Women United brings women together through philanthropy, volunteerism, and community leadership to help close the gaps in childhood literacy.

Support your community

Many residents, businesses, and agencies are still reeling from the impact of the pandemic on Rhode Island. Donating now not only provides help when it is most needed, but it also feels great to give back.

Hear from your Peers: Why I Give

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Carol Gibson
RI Department of Labor and Training

“Donating to United Way is a convenient and easy way to make an impact on the lives of deserving individuals and to support the crucial work of so many wonderful organizations. I give because I know it does make a difference.”

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Bernie Lane
RI State Police

“I contribute to the United Way campaign to actively pay forward for those in need, fund services for those who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis as my mom did, and to help children achieve their dreams while suffering through difficult medical conditions.”

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Ashley Gingerella O’Shea
RI Executive Office of Health and Human Services

“I am a lifelong Rhode Islander, dedicated to giving back to the State that I love – a place that has provided me with so many opportunities. As a founding member of the United Way of Rhode Island’s Young Leaders’ Circle, I know first-hand the great impact the United Way and its funders make in Rhode Island.”