United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council Hosts Forum

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

 

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The United Way of Rhode Island Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) met with nearly 100 people at a recent statewide forum to discuss ways to improve grade-level reading among the state’s third-grade students. 

 

One strategy that came to the top of the was increasing access to out-of-school and summer learning programs. 

“It’s disturbing that just one-third of our state’s students are reading at the appropriate level at the end of third grade—it’s a rally cry for all of us to come together to support summer learning because it is a strategy we know will help children achieve grade level reading success,” said Lisa Gillette, Chair of the Women’s Leadership Council, and Executive Director of Foster Forward. 

The Women’s Leadership Council has put together a challenge to match all gifts made in support of United Way of RI’s highly successful Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative, up to a total of $50,000, through December 31. 

Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative 

The initiative is a collaboration between Hasbro, Inc., and UWRI that provides children with educational opportunities that combine hands-on learning with real-world application. The six-week summer learning program helps students avoid “summer learning loss,” which happens when school is not in session. 

To date, the effort has served over 1,600 kids across 14 programs  and participants have experienced gains of 15 percent in both math and reading skills. 

Those interested in making a gift in support of the HSLI that will be doubled by the generosity of the WLC are encouraged to make a secure, online donation through UWRI’s website.

See the 2016-2019 United Way Grantees in the Slideshow Below 

 

Related Slideshow: United Way Grantees - 2016-2019

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1.

Amos House

Grant Amount: $50,000

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Boys Town of New Enlgand

Grant Amount: $100,000

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3.

Capital Good Fund

Grnt Amount: $45,000

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4.

Children's Friends

Grant Amount: $50,000

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5.

College Crusade of Rhode Island

Grant Amount: $49,972

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6.

Community Care Alliance

Grant Amount: $98,976

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7.

Community Care Alliance 

Grant Amount: $98,976 

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8.

Connecting for Children and Families 

Grant Amount: $235,370 (3 projects) 

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9.

Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island 

Grant Amount: $250,000 (3 projects) 

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10.

Federal Hill House Association 

Grant Amount: $98,580 

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Foster Forward 

Grant Amount: $100,000 

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Genesis Center 

Grant Amount: $149,780 (2 projects) 

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Housing Network of Rhode Island 

Grant Amount: $75,000 

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Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence 

Grant Amount: $75,000 

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15.

Learning Community Charter School 

Grant Amount: $75,000 

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Man Up, Inc. 

Grant Amount: $75,000 

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New Urban Arts 

Grant Amount: $100,000 

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Pawtucket Central Falls Development Corporation 

Grant Amount: $50,000 

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19.

Progreso Latino 

Grant Amount: $75,000 

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20.

Providence Community Library 

Grant Amount: $89,320 

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21.

Providence Housing Authority 

Grant Amount: $144,057 (2 projects) 

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22.

Providence In-Town Churches Association 

Grant Amount: $100,000 (2 projects) 

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23.

Providence Plan 

Grant Amount: $150,000 (2 projects) 

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Providence Public Library 

Grant Amount: $50,000 

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Rhode Island College 

Grant Amount: $99,859 

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26.

Rhode Island Free Clinic 

Grant Amount: $50,000 

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27.

Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership 

Grant Amount: $175,000 (2 projects) 

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28.

RI Local Initiatives Support Corporation 

Grant Amount: $50,000 

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Riverwood Mental Health Services 

Grant Amount: $100,000 

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30.

Southside Community Land Trust 

Grant Amount: $99,902 

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Thundermist Health Center 

Grant Amount: $100,000 

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Tri-town Community Action Agency 

Grant Amount: $175,000 (2 projects) 

 
 

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