Bank Newport at Family Volunteer Day

April Vacation Family Volunteer Project

Over two days, April 19 and 20, United Way of Rhode Island hosted fifty-three family and corporate volunteers as they made literacy kits for local children. To encourage family reading, volunteers made puppets and games based on the books they brought to donate.  Volunteers from GCRI members Bank Newport, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI joined in the fun to help ensure that Rhode Island children fall in love with reading.

UWRI Family Volunteer April

Children’s Book Drive

UWRI is partnering again with Books Are Wings and the Women’s Leadership Council for the sixth annual Children’s Book Drive, taking place April 24-June 2. This event unites local businesses, community partners, families, and individuals around a common goal—helping children read. GCRI members are encouraged to host a collection drive or donate new or gently used children’s books. Read more.  For more information on hosting a book drive, email

May 25 Afterschool Learning Day at the State House

UWRI and its Afterschool Leadership Circle invites programs, funders and participants in afterschool programs to join in the Afterschool Learning Day at the State House to celebrate the ways that afterschool works to keep kids safe, boost student success and help parents keep their jobs.  RSVP to