8th Annual Children’s Book Drive

Boy wearing a United Way shirt while reading a book.
Give children the tools to succeed.

United Way of Rhode Island, in partnership with Women United and Books Are Wings, proudly announce our 8th annual Children’s Book Drive, taking place April 1 through May 31. This event unites local businesses, community organizations, and families around a common goal — helping children read.

Learning to read is one of the most important predictors of a child’s academic success, but too many children struggle with this crucial milestone. Although having books at home creates stronger readers, many RI children live in homes without them — but we’re changing that.

Over the past seven years, we’ve collected more than 186,000 books; books that are now in the homes of children across Rhode Island. You can help by donating your new/lightly used books, or by hosting a book drive in your neighborhood, workplace, or faith community.

Please, let us know if you have any questions, or need additional information.


Book Donation Centers

Donations are accepted at United Way of Rhode Island on Fridays, May 3–24, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Please email bookdrive@uwri.org to arrange a drop-off.

Donations are also accepted at Books Are Wings on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

In addition, the following locations are accepting donations during business hours:

Cardi’s Furniture & Mattresses

Cardi’s—Fall River
388 Rhode Island Avenue
Fall River, MA 02721
(508) 689-4656

Cardi’s—South Attleboro
999 Newport Avenue
South Attleboro, MA 02703
(508) 915-5600

Cardi’s—Swansea
1 Furniture Way
Swansea, MA 02777
(508) 379-7500

Cardi’s—Cranston
40 Sockanosset Cross Road
Cranston, RI 02920
(401) 270-9656

Cardi’s—Johnston
1414 Atwood Avenue
Johnston, RI 02919
(401) 270-6642

Cardi’s—Middletown
1235 West Main Road
Middletown, RI 02842
(401) 619-3295

Cardi’s—Wakefield
25 South County Commons Way
Wakefield, RI 02879
(401) 284-1875

Cardi’s—West Warwick
1681 Quaker Lane
West Warwick, RI 02893
(401) 826-5600

Cardi’s—Westerly
224 Post Road
Westerly, RI 02891
(401) 315-5065

Washington Trust

Washington Trust—Mystic
McQuade’s Marketplace
14 Clara Drive
Mystic, CT 06355
(860) 572-2058

Washington Trust—Charlestown
4137 Old Post Road
Charlestown, RI 02813
(401) 364-4000

Washington Trust—Coventry
732 Tiogue Avenue
Coventry, RI 02816
(401) 262-3690

Washington Trust—Cranston (Oaklawn Avenue)
1203 Oaklawn Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920
(401) 732-0049

Washington Trust—Cranston (Plainfield Pike)
2174 Plainfield Pike
Cranston, RI 02921
(401) 383-8223

Washington Trust—Cranston (Reservoir Avenue)
645 Reservoir Avenue
Cranston, RI 02910
(401) 946-1004

Washington Trust—East Providence
587 Taunton Avenue
East Providence, RI 02914
(401) 383-8800

Washington Trust—Johnston
1383 Atwood Avenue
Johnston, RI 02919
(401) 383-7431

Washington Trust—Narragansett (Boston Neck Road)
885 Boston Neck Road
Narragansett, RI 02882
(401) 782-4800

Washington Trust—Narragansett (Point Judith Road)
20 Point Judith Road
Narragansett, RI 02882
(401) 782-1000

Washington Trust—New Shoreham
123 Ocean Avenue
New Shoreham, RI 02807
(401) 466-7710

Washington Trust—North Kingstown
7625 Post Road
North Kingstown, RI 02852
(401) 295-4700

Washington Trust—North Providence
1588 Mineral Spring Avenue
North Providence, RI 02904
(401) 473-2921

Washington Trust—Providence (Waterman Street)
229 Waterman Street
Providence, RI 02906
(401) 443-2800

Washington Trust—Providence (Westminster Street)
156 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 421-3600

Washington Trust—Rumford
330 Newport Avenue
Rumford, RI 02916
(401) 228-6555

Washington Trust—South Kingstown
730 Kingstown Road
South Kingstown, RI 02879
(401) 782-4200

Washington Trust—Warwick (Centerville Road)
236 Centerville Road
Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 739-2353

Washington Trust—Warwick (Warwick Avenue)
1473 Warwick Avenue
Warwick, RI 02888
(401) 921-2500

Washington Trust—Westerly (Broad Street)
23 Broad Street
Westerly, RI 02891
(401) 348-1215

Washington Trust—Westerly (Franklin Street)
126 Franklin Street
Westerly, RI 02891
(401) 348-1367

Washington Trust—Westerly (Main Street)
McQuade’s Marketplace
106 Main Street
Westerly, RI 02891
(401) 348-1201

Washington Trust—Wyoming
1200 Main Street
Wyoming, RI 02898
(401) 539-2427