Volunteer Agencies near the Knight Campus

Al’s Moving Minds

56 Maple St.
Warwick, RI 02888

Contact: Anne Mulhall, executive director, Phone: 401-226-4677, Fax: 781-2280

Purpose: To provide on-site programs and activities to people who have early to moderate-stage memory loss and are still living in their home. We offer two-hour activities to the elder population such as bowling, acting group, book club, art, community service, religious clubs, gardening and much more. All programs are set up with a purpose.

Arthritis Foundation (RI Office)

2348 Post Road Suite 104
Warwick, RI 02886-2271

Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, Phone: 401-739-3773, Fax: 401-739-8990
Website: http://www.arthritis.org/rhode-island/

Focus: To provide information, perform light office work, help with special events, program coordination and data entry for two to four hours a week.

A Wish Come True Inc.

1010 Warwick Ave.
Warwick, RI 02888

Contact: Debbie Richard, Operations Manager, Phone: 401-781-9199, Fax: 401-781-6227
Email: Debbie@AWishComeTrue.org
Website: www.awish.org

History: Founded in 1982, we are the oldest wish granting organization in RI. We have been serving sick children and their families in our community for over 34 years. We grant the wishes of medically qualified children ages 3 through 18 who have a life-threatening illness and live in Rhode Island and areas of southeastern Massachusetts.

Be the Change Sunday Meal

10 Brookside Avenue West Warwick, RI 

CausesCongregate Meals, Food, Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, Food Banks & Pantries, Food Programs

Mission: With the help of the community we serve a Sunday meal, collect and distribute items of need such as  toiletries, coats, socks, non perishable food to help people living on the streets, and the impoverished who are just making ends meet in the community and surrounding areas. We have now started a program called Project Hand Up. It is a place for working people and people who receive a monthly check to shop for a suggested donation so they do not have to choice between paying bills or eating.

Target demographics: Working people make ends meet, homeless and impoverished

Direct beneficiaries per year: 6 schools in the community with school supplies, 10,400 people a year with a weekly home cooked meal, Coats, hats, socks and gloves for the homeless and impoverished, and provided the elderly in the community with a great Christmas program so they were not forgotten through the holidays. 

Geographic areas served: West Warwick and surrounding communities

Programs: Project Hand Up which is a program where working people can shop for groceries, toiletries, and over the counter medication for a suggested donation so they do not have to choose between eating and paying bills and to provide a Sunday meal for the impoverished and homeless in the community.

Buckeye Brook Coalition

P.O. Box 9025 Warwick, RI 02889

Contact: Paul Earnshaw, President, 401-4739-6592
Email: brookeye10@gmail.com
Website: www.buckeyebrook.org

Purpose: The Buckeye Brook Coalition, a state-designated watershed council, was formed to focus attention on Buckeye Brook and its watershed, which are located in Warwick. Our mission is to protect and preserve Buckeye Brook and its annual herring (fish) run.

Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center

P.O. Box 9476 Warwick, RI 02889

Contact: Jessica Rogers, Coordinator of Community Services, Phone: 401-738-9700, Ext. 17
Email: jrogers@ebchouse.org and info@ebccenter.org

Focus: To provide support to victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Work may be focused on hotline responses, residential services, court services or outreach or a combination of programs. Most programs require a minimum commitment of four hours/week; court program requires minimum commitment of 12 hours/per week. Interview, criminal background check and successful completion of agency training is required for all programs.

Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England

500 Greenwich Ave.
Warwick, RI 02886

Contact: Morgan Lovely, Program Specialist, Phone: 401-331-4500, Ext. 1424
Email: mlovely@gssne.org
Website: www.gssne.org

Focus: Volunteers serve as leaders or assistants for Girl Scout after school and summer outreach programs. Must commit to at least one afternoon per week.

J.O.N.A.H. Community Center

830 Oakland Beach Ave.
Warwick, RI 02889

Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, Phone: 401-739-1305

Focus: A community center offering social services, educational and recreational resources, and activities for the people of Warwick.

Kent Hospital

455 Tollgate Road
Warwick, RI 02886

Contact: Volunteer Services Department, Phone: 401-737-7000, Ext. 31328
Email: khvolunteers@carene.org

Focus: Volunteers work inpatient care or perform clerical duties; volunteers serve for four hours weekly.

Kids World

Kent County YMCA 900 Centerville Road
Warwick, RI 02886

Contact: Susan Shanley, program director, Phone: 401-828-0130, Ext. 224, Fax: 401-821-8480

Focus: To offer on-site preschool child care for children ages 3 to 5 years. One to five hours per week are required.

Mentor Rhode Island

2065 Warwick Ave. Unit 1, Warwick, RI 02889

Contact: Christopher Margadonna M.Ed., Recruitment Specialist
Phone: 401-732-7700
E-mail: mailto:cmargadonnahomas@mentorRI.org

Contact: Jay Campagnone, Program Support Specialist
Phone: 401-732-7700 E-mail: jcampagnone@mentorRI.org

Focus: Volunteers/mentors By spending just one hour with your mentee each week, you’ll have an amazing sense of accomplishment as you give back to your community and see the positive impact you can have on a child who needs your guidance. Being a mentor is about sharing the best parts of your character with your mentee. As in any relationship with that level of trust and sharing, you are almost certain to develop a long-lasting friendship. In the end, you will find you get as much out of that friendship as your mentee. One hour each week: that’s all it takes.

How you become a mentor
  1. Fill out an application, outlining your interests and skills, and whether you have a preference for working with an elementary, middle school or high school students. Also include your top three cities where you would like to mentor and whether you are looking for school-based mentoring or agency/out-of-school time mentoring.
  2. Submit to a background check and attend a two-hour orientation and training workshop where you’ll meet other new mentors and receive a manual with helpful tips and activities you could share with your mentee.
  3. You will then receive information about your prospective mentee and, with your approval, an introductory meeting will be scheduled. Other ways to volunteer include, helping with special events or volunteering at our office answering phones or completing special projects. For more information or to inquire, please email us at inquiry@mentorri.org.

New England Advocacy Services

One South Lake Drive
Barrington, RI 02806

Contact: Michelle Langlois, executive director/advocate, Phone: 401-743-7695
Email: neadvocacy@gmail.com

Focus: NEAS is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide comprehensive services to victims of abuse and to provide resources and awareness on the issue of violence. NEAS provides emotional support, resources and personal, individual advocacy to victims of abuse, including, domestic violence and sexual assault. Because the targeted clients NEAS assists are scared and need emotional support, it is their voices, their struggles and their experiences that guide our work.

The Kent Center for Human & Organizational Development

2756 Post Road, Suite 104
Warwick, RI 02886

Contact: Human Resource Office, Phone: 401-691-6000, x337
Email: hr@thekentcenter.org

Vision: To improve the quality of life for individuals and families facing behavioral health challenges.

Warwick Housing Authority

1035 West Shore Road Warwick, RI 02889

Contact: Barbara Levy, Phone: 401-732-8500 Fax: 401-732-8507

Focus: To assist in preparation for and conducting special programs for seniors and people with disabilities.

Westbay Community Action

218 Buttonwoods Ave.
Warwick, RI 02886

Contact: Tanisha Simpson, Phone: 401-732-4666, Ext. 154, Fax: 401-737-2051
Email: tsimpson@westbaycap.org

Focus: Volunteers will perform various tasks throughout the agency, which assists economically disadvantaged individuals and families achieve and sustain self-sufficiency.

Find volunteer work near each campus

Last Updated: 8/29/18