Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, Phone: 401-521-3603, Ext. 106, Fax: 401-861-2981
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, Phone: 401-709-3940
Purpose: AIDS Orphan Care works to improve the lives of African children orphaned by HIV/AIDS by providing them with the same things we want for our own kids: food; clothing; a warm bed; an education; health care; and the knowledge that somebody cares.
Contact: Christion Battey, Program Coordinator Phone: 401-831-5522 ext. 3824, Fax: 401-454-0299
Focus: To provide compassionate, nonjudgmental and collaborative response to the needs of people infected, affected and at risk of HIV/AIDS. This is accomplished through leadership in prevention, education, supportive services and advocacy.
Focus: Office Support,
Assist in the many administrative tasks needed to keep our office running smoothly, including special projects, mailings, data entry, telephone follow-up.. Also may volunteer to work our
Alzheimer's Association Walk and special projects. If interested, please fill out and submit the Volunteer Application.
Purpose: The mission of the Alzheimer’s CURE Foundation Inc. is to dramatically accelerate the cure for Alzheimer’s disease by introducing the concept of healthy and vibrant competition to the medical and scientific community with a major cash prize at the “finish line.” Our goal is to raise and award a $20 million cash prize that will go to the scientist(s) who discover the cure for this insidious disease - a powerful driving force toward the end. We are certain that the Alzheimer’s CURE Foundation will serve as the catalyst that will spur medical research to exciting new heights and at a record-breaking speed. Please visit our website at www.alzCURE.org to learn more about us.
Focus: Volunteers assist by providing services and programs for disaster victims including those affected by fires. Teaching and coordinating health and safety programs. We utilize our excellent volunteer resources to assist with disasters, health and safety courses, and related clerical in-office duties.
Focus: To help prepare, serve and clean up in the soup kitchen.
Hours: Monday to Friday, breakfast 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.; lunch 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, lunch 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Contact: Jennie Moran, Office Manager, Phone: 401-785-2666 Ext. 1023, Fax: 401-785-2272
Purpose: The Autism Project is a nonprofit organization committed to educating and training the many parents, teachers and community members who work with or support children with autism. Since our inception in 1997, we have been in the forefront of developing many new and innovative programs that enrich the lives of children with autism.
Contact: George Evans Marley, Marketing and Community Outreach Specialist, Phone: 401-921-2434
Focus: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever by partnering with parents/ guardians, volunteers and others in the community. We are accountable for each child in our program achieving:
Now more than ever, there is a need for men and women of Rhode Island to volunteer their time to better the life of a child. Over 200 boys and girls are waiting for someone like you.
Purpose: The Blackstone Parks Conservancy is dedicated to the preservation and stewardship of two historic parks: Blackstone Boulevard and Blackstone Park Conservation District on the Seekonk River.
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, Phone: 401-444-0750, Ext.107, Fax: 401-444-0757
Focus: There are five core program areas: arts, education and career development, sports fitness and recreation, character and leadership development, and health and life skills. Volunteer opportunities include tutoring, homework help and coaching. The three sites are:
Phone: 401 444-0758, Fax: 401-223-1499
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Contact: Linda Dias, Volunteer Coordinator, Phone: 401-455-6245, Fax: 455-6301
Focus: Butler is a private psychiatric hospital serving all ages with a variety of volunteer opportunities including clerical, research and cashier inside the gift shop.
Contact: Stephanie D. Marro, Phone: 401-455-3890
Focus: Capital City Community Centers is an affiliate of Gateway Healthcare Inc. and a Lifespan partner. It consists of the Smith Hill Early Childhood Learning Center, the Lillian Feinstein Senior Center and our food pantry. The Smith Hill Early Childhood Learning Center is located at 25 Danforth St. in Providence. We care for children ranging in ages of 18 months to 5 years. We are a nonprofit center, a BrightStars program and are DCYF and DHS certified. We also work with the Department of Education. We sponsor two state-funded pre-K classrooms. We are looking for people who are interested in giving their time to children to help them learn and grow. Students are also welcome to volunteer.
Contact: Jonette Lopes BA, CASA Recruiter/Event Coordinator, Phone: 401-458-3239, Fax: 401-458-3340
Focus: CASA is a statewide program of the Rhode Island Family Court dedicated to helping abused and neglected children find their way through Rhode Island’s child welfare and family court system to safe, loving, permanent homes. Because of the dedication of well-trained CASA volunteers, these children have an advocate to speak for their best interests in court. CASA volunteers will talk with the child, parents, family members, foster families, social workers and all other people involved in the child’s life. Most importantly, CASA volunteers visit with the child on a regular basis in order to gain an understanding of the child’s situation.
Focus: City Year Rhode Island unites young people of all backgrounds for a demanding year of full-time service, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the world. As tutors, mentors and role models, these corps members serve full time in four Providence public schools keeping youth in school and on track to graduation and transforming schools and neighborhoods across Providence. Corps members will provide in-school mentoring and tutoring, after-school programs, community service programs and parent involvement events.
Focus: Clinica Esperanza provides free, high-quality and culturally sensitive medical care to uninsured Rhode Island residents. All of our care is provided by medical and nonmedical volunteers. We provide continuous primary care to over 1,500 people and see thousands more through walk-in clinics and community health screenings. One of our most important health education and disease prevention efforts is Vida Sana (Healthy Life), a program run by navegantes (community health workers) to improve health literacy and self-management of chronic disease.
Volunteer opportunities: We are open Monday to Friday from 2 to 5 or 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We also have a clinic on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. Our volunteers commit to one (or more) of those shifts per week (or biweekly). We have three main positions available for nonmedical volunteers: front desk, interpreter and intake. The front desk volunteer greets patients, signs them in, handles patient paperwork, enters appointments, answers the phone, etc. The interpreters work with medical and nonmedical volunteers to translate between English and Spanish (or French, Arabic, Creole, etc.) The intake volunteers conduct the patient interview, including taking vital signs, history, symptoms, etc. We also have many research and outreach projects circulating all the time that many of our volunteers choose to participate in. We have medical volunteer opportunities for the following health care professionals: MD, DO, NP, PA, RN, medical assistants, etc.
Contact: Candace Harper, Phone: 401-854-5500, Ext. 109, Fax: 401-854-5511
Focus: Family Engagement Office - The mission of the Family Engagement team is to engage, empower and educate all College Crusade parents so they can advocate for their child’s academic success and social development and support their child’s readiness for postsecondary education. We offer relevant, informative and interactive workshops that are designed to provide families with a solid base of knowledge that will support them as they support their children. Family support is essential when it comes to student success, both in and out of the classroom. Students are much more likely to succeed when families take an active interest in their academic progress and assist them with setting and achieving goals.
Contact: Patty Horton, Phone: 401-351-6960
Focus: To assist low-income people of color to gain equality.
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, Phone: 401-421-4100, Ext. 146, Fax: 401-454-5565
Focus: Helpline advocates provide support, information, referrals and safety planning to victims of sexual assault or domestic violence at hospitals and police departments throughout Rhode Island. Helpline advocates receive over 30 hours of training giving them the skills, knowledge and confidence to work with victims of all ages. Helpline trainings are offered two to three times a year. Day One needs more helpline advocates to continue to provide 24-hour coverage. Helpline advocates take a six-and-a-half-hour weekly shift and make a minimum one-year commitment. Trainings typically happen in March, June and October. Additionally, Day One accepts interns and volunteers to support our Rhode Island Children’s Advocacy Center, adult advocacy, policy and communication, clinical, and prevention education programs. Volunteers with basic office and computer skills also can assist us in meeting the needs of our clients. Interns are asked to commit to at least two full days a week, and office volunteers’ hours are flexible. Please allow ample time to complete all necessary paperwork, procedures and trainings. For further requirements, contact Day One by phone or email.
Focus: Volunteers can work as tutors, classroom aides, immigration and citizenship interns, and refugee mentors. All DIIRI volunteers must submit a clean BCI before they are accepted. A copy of your BCI can be obtained from the Attorney General’s Office. If you would like to volunteer or want more information, please print and fill out the Dorcas International Institute volunteer application, and our volunteer coordinator will contact you. Some of our volunteer positions include: tutoring small groups or individual students in math, reading, writing, computer lab/computer skills and learning English; and helping to answer the telephone, schedule appointments, process clothing donations and assist clients in selection of work outfits in the Clothing Collaborative. Volunteers are needed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers should be able to contribute at least two hours a week. Volunteers are needed for both day sessions: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Monday to Friday) and evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday.
Contact: Pat Strezo, Phone: 401-421-4722, Ext. 31, Fax: 401-421-4725
Focus: Assist in various maintenance, senior programs or clerical duties in various offices.
Contact: Shannon Izzi, Phone: 401-353-1710, Ext. 134
Focus: To assist seniors with activities in a nursing home.
Contact: Executive Director/ Volunteer Coordinator, Phone: 401-831-5424
Focus: Volunteers perform construction work (tools are provided.)
Contact: Volunteer Office, Phone: 401-444-5530
Focus: Volunteers help in patient areas or noncontact setting such as clerical/computers. Four hours per week for at least 100 hours are required.
Contact: Matthew Billings, Phone: 401-274-3240, Fax: 401-401-277-9090
Apply online at www.inspringmindsri.org
Focus: Volunteers provide in-school and after-school tutoring to Providence public school students through high-impact volunteer programs. Volunteering one or two hours per week can make a difference in a child’s life. Opportunities exist to volunteer during summer as well as in our Kid’s Bridge pre-K program. Apply online at www.inspiringmindsri.org.
Contact: Pauline Abetti, Phone: 401-331-3850, Ext.16, Fax: 351-9860
Focus: The organization’s mission is to educate and inspire young people to succeed in a global economy.
Junior Achievement meets its mission by providing curriculum to students in grades K-12 that focuses on three pillars of education: workforce readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship. JA recruits volunteers from the community to facilitate this curriculum in the local schools. The volunteers commit to the delivery of the program for one hour per week for a series of five, six or seven weeks depending on the program in which they are placed in. JA now offers some one-day programs as well, where the volunteer commits to just one full day.
Contact: Jeni L. Mowry, Manager of Volunteer and Customer Services, Phone: 401-793-2512, Fax:
Focus: A rewarding volunteer experience as an intern in a nonprofit teaching hospital that leads one into future career
paths. Four hours per week are required.
Contact: Rob Goldman, Phone: 401-273-7025
Focus: A rewarding volunteer experience training teens to re-enact the 14th Rhode Island Heavy Artillery, Rhode Island’s Black Civil War regiment.
Contact: The Rev. Mary Margaret Earl, administrator, Phone: 401-941-9013, Ext. 302
Focus: Organizations such as church and school groups can serve meals at McAuley House, sponsor events at McAuley Village and lead clothing drives for the Warde-robe, among other opportunities. Volunteers may also hold a fundraiser such as a bake sale, pretend lunch or walk for hunger walkathon. Individuals fulfilling requirements for community service for school, church or the court system may complete requirements within McAuley Ministries.
Contact: Osvalda M. Silva, Phone: 401-351-6700, Fax: 401-351-6724
Focus: Volunteers assist in providing and delivering meals and other social services to the elderly or special events. Two hours per week are required. Volunteer hours vary per visitor.
Focus: The Mt. Hope Learning Center’s mission is to provide an educational foundation to the Mt. Hope community. The success of this mission depends on the contributions of volunteers, and there are several opportunities for people to donate their time and expertise. Volunteers are sought for a range of activities including working in our after-school program at Martin Luther King Elementary School, tutoring students, helping adults prepare for the GED® test, doing building maintenance and repair, gardening, teaching a class (for adults or children) in the volunteer’s area of expertise, serving on a committee (marketing, fundraising, event planning, etc.) and more.
Contact: Nicole Cianci, Phone: 401-351-2241
Focus: To assist in our child care after-school and senior programs as well as in the food/clothing bank.
Contact: Fr. Carl Fisette, Phone: 401-331-1316
Focus: To recruit for the priesthood.
Contact: Lay minister or volunteer coordinator Clarise Gothberg, Phone: 401-941-2212
Focus: At the Open Table of Christ, community volunteers organize and distribute food to more than 400 households a month in the area through Project Outreach, organize and deliver small meals and warm clothes to people on the street who need them through Mobile Loaves and Fishes, knit and make things to give away, organize and run the low-cost Open Closet resale shop for clothing and housewares that also raises major support for ongoing work in many areas at the Open Table of Christ. They also serve the community in multiple ways and learn new skills as an unpaid (or sometimes paid) supervised volunteer and community steward. Community volunteers work in various arts and music in worship and beyond and organize for social justice and change.
Contact: Denise H. Fortin, P.H.R., Phone: 401-456-3214
Focus: Volunteers work in a health care setting performing clerical duties and customer service duties.
Contact: Joyce Leven, Mobile: 401-499-7850
Mission: To build social service partnerships that respond creatively to the unmet needs of individuals, families and the community so that people are able to live independently, advocate for themselves and better their own lives.
Focus: If you enjoy working with children and are looking to become involved within the Providence community, consider a volunteer position as a Walking School Bus Leader. WSB Leaders oversee a group of students who must walk to school each day to ensure they arrive to school on time. Active volunteers are needed who can walk up to a mile and mentor students on the importance of attendance, health and wellness, and safety as well as have some fun. All WSB Leaders begin their walks at 8 a.m. and they are completed by 8:50 a.m. Walk any day of the week that works for you. This opportunity is based in Lower South Providence. Training is provided.
Contact: Julie Burkhard, Phone: 401-273-5437 (KIDS), Ext.144, Fax: 273-1004
Focus: To provide a hands-on educational setting where children ages 1 to 11 and adults can learn through play and active exploration. Three hours per week for a minimum of four months are required.
Contact: Karisa Tashjian, Phone: 401-455-8185 (Literacy Department)
Focus: To tutor or assist adult immigrants in literacy learning and activities. Opportunities exist for English as a second language, citizenship, computer and family literacy classes. Two to six hours a week are required. We have classes in Cranston, East Providence, Pawtucket and Providence.
Contact: Kathyellen Bullard, Phone: 401-455-8022
Focus: Work with families in the Creating Readers Program or Cradles to Crayon Program (after-school literacy).
Contact: Donna Ruthwicz, Chief, Voluntary Service, Phone: 401-457-3002
Focus: Volunteers needed to assist in dialysis, patient feeding, clerical support and drivers to transport patients to medical appointments.
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, Phone: 401-781-1521, Fax: 401-781-2163
Focus: To enhance teaching, learning and creative discovery by providing an abundance of open-ended materials to educators and students.
Contact: Kelly Seigh, Phone: 401-230-1679, Fax: 401-942-2328
Focus: To help sort items in a food distribution center.
Contact: Adrianne Walsh, Phone: 401-444-8635, Fax: 401-444-4356
Focus: To help in patient areas or in a noncontact setting such as clerical/computers. Four
hours per week are required for
a total of 100 hours. The first step is to register for a volunteer information session.
Contact: Tour coordinator, Phone: 401 222-3983
Focus: The Rhode Island State House volunteer tour guides will be responsible for greeting guests and guiding tours of our beautiful State House. Tour content includes the history of the building, as well as an overview of how our state government works. Tours will be delivered to school groups, dignitaries and the visiting public. The ideal candidates will be well spoken, enthusiastic about learning and comfortable speaking in front of groups. Candidates should be able to learn and retain large amounts of information. Reliability and punctuality is a must. Volunteers will develop valuable skills of public speaking, customer service and time management that can be applied in a variety of future career settings. Training will be provided on tour content and tour guide etiquette. This is a great opportunity to gain exposure working with diverse populations and to work in the heart of Rhode Island’s state government building.
Contact: Manager of volunteer resources, Phone: 401-785-3510, Ext. 356
Focus: Roger Williams Park Zoo strives to engage guests in an extraordinary and unique educational experience to improve their understanding of and appreciation for the natural world. We contribute significantly to the conservation of our earth’s animals, plants and other natural resources by challenging ourselves and our audience to act as responsible environmental stewards. Roger Williams Park Zoo is supported and managed by the Rhode Island Zoological Society and is owned by the City of Providence.
Volunteer opportunities:, Play partners and public relations events volunteers. For application deadlines and more information, students can visit http://www.rwpzoo.org/careers/volunteer.
Contact: Joanna A. Powers, Phone: 401-274-4447, Fax: 751-3730
Focus: Giving support to families of critically ill children. Volunteers help us with cleaning/housekeeping, organizing, donations, office work, greeting visitors and other projects.
Contact: Volunteer manager, Phone: 401-272-3540 x 130
Focus: To protect and improve Narragansett Bay. Our vision is a fully swimmable, fishable, healthy Narragansett Bay, accessible to all and globally recognized as the natural treasure it is. At Save The Bay, it takes a dedicated team of staff, volunteers and leadership to continue our mission through an ecosystem-based approach to environmental action. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Our grounds are open from dawn to dusk.
Exploration Center and Aquarium175 Memorial Blvd.
South Coast CenterRiverside Building
Contact: Lynne Harper, Phone: 401-421-6547, Ext. 106
Focus: To connect people and opportunities for effective community service. We do this by promoting volunteerism statewide, connecting volunteers to opportunities, building the capacity for effective volunteerism through training and consultation and by collaborating with community stakeholders where volunteers are involved.
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator: 401-861-6191
Focus: Sojourner House provides residential and supportive services to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
Additional info: Learn about our program requirements and complete an application at www.sojournerri.org/volunteer
Contact: Yvette Kenner, Phone: 401-461-7509, Fax: 401-785-8277
Focus: Reflecting God’s love and responding to our neighborhood’s diverse needs. South Providence Neighborhood Ministries provides services and opportunities that encourage self-worth and build a safe and just community of caring, respect and cooperation.
Contact: Susan R. DeRita, Phone: 401-353-3900, Ext. 262
Focus: Individuals (must be 21 years or older) able to develop a consistent, safe and enjoyable relationship with a child who is in need of a positive influence from an adult. Other volunteer programs are available. Each program requires a minimal commitment level and completion of an application packet.
Contact: Connie Speidel, Volunteer Coordinator, Phone: 401-421-9300
Focus: St. Patrick Academy, a ministry of St. Patrick Church, provides an affordable coeducational Catholic education in an urban setting, emphasizing academic excellence, spiritual formation and community service. There are a variety of opportunities to assist in such as after-school community service learning programs and events, tutoring, office work and/or development.
Contact: Emmanuel Janvier, Phone: 401-640-0614
Focus: Volunteers assist in the frontline operations of a robust, citywide after-school program. Activities include youth engagement and program assistance, including supporting students, assisting with program activities and taking on special project duties.
Contact: Volunteer coordinator, Phone: 401-274-9330
Focus: To obtain demographics for a study of adult education programs.
Focus: The Samaritans is Rhode Island’s only nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to suicide prevention, education and support for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. We also have hosted many students from New England-area colleges for community service and internship placements. We particularly need volunteers and interns to help staff our suicide prevention crisis hot line/listening line. All volunteers must be 18 years of age and out of high school. Volunteers participate in a 21- to 25-hour training program, at least two observation shifts and agree to provide 12 hours of community service each month. For more information about volunteering, please visit our website at www.samaritans.org.
Contact: Joe Cardin, Phone: 401-462-7240
Focus: To tutor residents at a training school. One to two hours per week required.
Contact: Susan Connaughton, Phone: 401-519-1902
Focus: To assist with duties in various departments in positions of teachers’ aides, case managers’ assistants, literacy volunteers, mentors, medical receptionists and assistants, dental assistants and general office work.
Contact: Kristen Caine, Phone: 401-232-5444, Fax: 401-232-7364
Focus: To help with children’s activities.
Contact: Leslie Thompson, Phone: 401-351-5000, Ext. 128
Focus: To help with advocacy and public programs and do office work.
Contact: Volunteer coordinator, Phone: 401-444-0762
Focus: To serve as a tutor/mentor, direct gym activities and arts/crafts. Six to 10 hours per week are required.
Contact: Carolyn Libby, program director, Phone: 401-231-1171, Ext. 1, Fax: 401-231-0242
Focus: To assist the teaching staff with activities for young children.
Contact: Liz Douglas, Phone: 401-274-1122 Ext. 42255, Fax: 277-3711
Focus: The Volunteer Services Department is committed to integrating community volunteers into roles that provide exemplary customer service to meet the hospital’s priorities and mission.
Contact: Meg Joyce, Volunteer Coordinator, 401-861-2761 Ext.117, Fax: 861-2762, 24-hour hotline:
Opportunities: The Women’s Center of Rhode Island seeks volunteers and interns who want to help break the cycle of interpersonal violence in our community. Volunteers and interns receive training by professional staff and provide critical residential and administrative support services. There are many ways that you can make a difference in the lives of women and children escaping abuse, including becoming a hotline/front desk volunteer, working in our children’s enrichment program, performing community outreach and education, or helping with event planning and fundraising.
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