Volunteer Agencies near the Liston Campus

AIDS Care Ocean State

18 Parkis Ave.
Providence, RI 02907

Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, Phone: 401-521-3603, Ext. 106, Fax: 401-861-2981
Email: info@aidscareos.org

Focus:
  • Donation center: Assist the donation coordinator with sorting items, arranging new goods in the store, assisting our clients and possibly assist our donation coordinator with pickups. Weekdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; some weekend hours also available.
  • Development/fundraising: Assist in the setup, breakdown and running of our events. Evening/weekend hours. Must be able to carry up to 20 pounds.
  • Safe sex kits: Assemble safe sex kits for our Prevention Center. Flexible hours.
  • Street outreach: Assist our prevention specialists who work directly with the at-risk populations. Evening/weekend hours.
Summer opportunities:
  • Paid communications internship: Please contact Kalene Brennan for details regarding this opportunity.
  • Garden/yard: Several of our properties need gardening and yard care during the summer/early fall months. Ideal for groups; flexible hours.

AIDS Orphan Care

P.O. Box 135 Barrington, RI  02806

Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, Phone: 401-709-3940
Email: Deborah@AIDSorphancare.org

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.

AIDS Project Rhode Island

9 Pleasant Street Providence, RI 02906

Contact: Christion Battey, Program Coordinator Phone: 401-831-5522 ext. 3824, Fax: 401-454-0299
Website: aidsorphancare.org

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.

Alzheimer’s Association Rhode Island Chapter

245 Waterman St., Suite 306
Providence, RI 02906

Contact: Michelle La France, Phone: 401-421-0008, Fax:421-0115
Email: mlafrance@alz.org
Website: www.alz.org/ri

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.

Alzheimer’s CURE Foundation Inc.

P.O. Box 2543 Providence, RI 02906

Contact: Effie Marie Lascarides, President, Phone: 401-473-7019
Email: Alzheimers_CURE@yahoo.com
Website: www.alzCURE.org

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.

American Red Cross RI Chapter

105 Gano St.
Providence, RI 02906

Contact: Jason Campagnone, Program Manager, Phone: 401-831-7700 Ext.101, Fax: 401-831-0502
Email: campagnonej@riredcross.org
Website: www.riredcross.org

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.

Amos House

415 Friendship St.
Providence, RI 02907

Contact: Sindy Jimenez, Phone: 401-272-0220, Ext. 204, Fax: 401-272-8023
Email: SJimenez@amoshouse.com
Website: www.amoshouse.com

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.

Autism Project

1516 Atwood Ave.
Johnston, RI 02919

Contact: Jennie Moran, Office Manager, Phone: 401-785-2666 Ext. 1023, Fax: 401-785-2272
Email: jmoran1@lifespan.org

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.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State Mentoring Organization and Donation Center

1540 Pontiac Ave.
Cranston, RI 02920

Contact: George Evans Marley, Marketing and Community Outreach Specialist, Phone: 401-921-2434 Ext. 124
Email: Mentoring@BBBSOS.org

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:

  1. Higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships.
  2. Avoidance of risk behaviors.
  3. Educational success.

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.

Blackstone Parks Conservancy

P.O. Box 603141 Providence, RI 02906

Contact: Jane Peterson
Email: janeannpeterson@gmail.com
Website: www.blackstoneparksconservancy.org

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.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence

90 Ives St.
Providence, RI 02906

Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, Phone: 401-444-0750, Ext.107, Fax: 401-444-0757
Email: nreilly@bgcprov.org

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:

Fox Point Boys & Girls Club
90 Ives St., Providence, RI 02906-3827

Phone: 401 444-0758, Fax: 401-223-1499
Taylor Stevens, foxpoint@bgcprov.org

South Side Boys & Girls Club
1 Louisa St., Providence, RI 02905-2014

Phone: 401-444-0766, Fax: 401-223-0197
Kyle Dennis, southside@bgcprov.org and Estevens@bgcprov.org

Wanskuck Boys & Girls Club
550 Branch Ave., Providence, RI 02904-2204

Phone: 401 444-0762 Fax: 401-223-0383
Kris Leveillee wanskuck@bgcprov.org and kleiveillee@bgcprov.org

Butler Hospital

345 Blackstone Blvd.
Providence, RI 02906

Contact: Linda Dias, Volunteer Coordinator, Phone: 401-455-6245, Fax: 455-6301
Email: info@butler.org

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.

Capital City Community Centers

25 Danforth St.
Providence, RI 02908

Contact: Stephanie D. Marro, Phone: 401-455-3890
Email: smarro@capcities.org

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.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

Rhode Island Family Court One Dorrance Plaza Providence, RI 02903

Contact: Jonette Lopes BA, CASA Recruiter/Event Coordinator, Phone: 401-458-3239, Fax: 401-458-3340
Email: jlopes@courts.ri.gov

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.

City Year Rhode Island

275 Westminster St., Suite 500
Providence, RI 02903

Contact: Tiesha Nieves, Recruitment Manager, Phone: 401-454-3749, Fax: 401-553-2510
Email: tnieves@cityyear.org Website: www.cityyear.org/rhodeisland

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.

Clinica Esperanza

60 Valley St.
Providence, RI 02909 (Behind Bocado Restaurant)

Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, Phone: 401-347-9093
Email: vcoordinator@aplacetobehealthy.org
Website: www.aplacetobehealthy.org

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.

College Crusade of Rhode Island

134 Thurbers Ave.
Providence, RI 02906

Contact: Candace Harper, Phone: 401-854-5500, Ext. 109, Fax: 401-854-5511
Email: charper@thecollegecrusade.org

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.

DARE-Direct Action for Rights and Equality

340 Lockwood St.
Providence, RI 02907

Contact: Patty Horton, Phone: 401-351-6960
Email: DARE@ids.net

Focus: To assist low-income people of color to gain equality.

Day One (Sexual Assault and Trauma Resource Center of RI)

100 Medway St.
Providence, RI 02906

Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, Phone: 401-421-4100, Ext. 146, Fax: 401-454-5565
Email: Info@DayOneRI.org

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.

Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island

North Campus 2
20 Elmwood Ave.
Providence, RI 02907
South Campus
645 Elmwood Ave.
Providence, RI 02907

Contact: 401-784-8600
Email: info@diiri.org

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.

Federal Hill House

9 Courtland St.
Providence, RI 02909-1503

Contact: Pat Strezo, Phone: 401-421-4722, Ext. 31, Fax: 401-421-4725
Website: www.federalhillhouse.org

Focus: Assist in various maintenance, senior programs or clerical duties in various offices.

Golden Crest Nursing Center

100 Smithfield Road
North Providence, RI 02904

Contact: Shannon Izzi, Phone: 401-353-1710, Ext. 134

Focus: To assist seniors with activities in a nursing home.

Habitat for Humanity

807 Broad St.
Providence, RI 02907

Contact: Executive Director/ Volunteer Coordinator, Phone: 401-831-5424
Website: www.habitatprov.org

Focus: Volunteers perform construction work (tools are provided.)

Hasbro Children’s Hospital

593 Eddy St.
Providence, RI 02903

Contact: Volunteer Office, Phone: 401-444-5530
Email: kpantalone@lifespan.org

Focus: Volunteers help in patient areas or noncontact setting such as clerical/computers. Four hours per week for at least 100 hours are required.

Inspiring Minds

(Formerly known as Volunteers In Providence Schools)
763 Westminster St. Providence, RI 02903

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.

Junior Achievement of Rhode Island

120 Waterman St.
Providence, RI 02906

Contact: Pauline Abetti, Phone: 401-331-3850, Ext.16, Fax: 351-9860
Email: Pauline.abetti@ja.org

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.

Lifespan ̶ The Miriam Hospital

164 Summit Ave.
Providence, RI 02906

Contact: Jeni L. Mowry, Manager of Volunteer and Customer Services, Phone: 401-793-2512, Fax: 401-793-2513
Email: jmowry@lifespan.org
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.

Living History

20 Moore St.
Providence, RI 02907

Contact: Rob Goldman, Phone: 401-273-7025
Email: rkgoldman@juno.com

Focus: A rewarding volunteer experience training teens to re-enact the 14th Rhode Island Heavy Artillery, Rhode Island’s Black Civil War regiment.

McAuley Ministries

220 Elmwood Ave.
Providence, RI 02907

Contact: The Rev. Mary Margaret Earl, administrator, Phone: 401-941-9013, Ext. 302
Email: revearl@mcauleyri.org

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.

Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island Inc.

70 Bath St.
Providence, RI 02908

Contact: Osvalda M. Silva, Phone: 401-351-6700, Fax: 401-351-6724
Email: osilva@rimeals.org

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.

Mt. Hope Learning Center

140 Cypress St.
Providence, RI 02906

Contact: Tonie Marie Gomes, Director, Phone: 401-455-8875, Fax: 401-455-9875-  FAX
Email: volunteer@mthopelearningcenter.org
Website: www.mthopelc.org

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.

Nickerson Community Center

133 Delaine St.
Providence, RI 02909

Contact: Nicole Cianci, Phone: 401-351-2241
Email: ncianci@gmail.com

Focus: To assist in our child care after-school and senior programs as well as in the food/clothing bank.

Office of Vocations

485 Mount Pleasant Ave. Providence, RI 02908

Contact: Fr. Carl Fisette, Phone: 401-331-1316
Website: www.catholicpriest.com

Focus: To recruit for the priesthood.

Open Table of Christ

1520 Broad St.
Providence, RI 02905

Contact: Lay minister or volunteer coordinator Clarise Gothberg, Phone: 401-941-2212
Email: info@tableofchrist.org

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.

Our Lady of Fatima Hospital

200 High Service Ave.
North Providence, RI 02904

Contact: Denise H. Fortin, P.H.R., Phone: 401-456-3214
Website: www.fatimahospital.com

Focus: Volunteers work in a health care setting performing clerical duties and customer service duties.

Providence Children’s Initiative (PCI)

Family Service of Rhode Island
134 Thurbers Ave.
Providence, RI 02905
P.O. Box 6688

Contact: Joyce Leven, Mobile: 401-499-7850
Email: levenjo@familyserviceri.org

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.

Providence Children’s Museum

100 South St.
Providence, RI 02903

Contact: Julie Burkhard, Phone: 401-273-5437 (KIDS), Ext.144, Fax: 273-1004
Email: volunteer@childrenmuseum.org

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.

Providence Public Library/RIFLI

150 Empire St.
Providence, RI 02903

Contact: Karisa Tashjian, Phone: 401-455-8185 (Literacy Department)
Email: ktashjian@provlib.org

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.

Providence Public Library

225 Washington St.
Providence, RI 02903

Contact: Kathyellen Bullard, Phone: 401-455-8022
Website: www.provlib.org/volunteer-library

Focus: Work with families in the Creating Readers Program or Cradles to Crayon Program (after-school literacy).

Providence VA Medical Center

830 Chalkstone Ave.
Providence, RI 02908-4799

Contact: Donna Ruthwicz, Chief, Voluntary Service, Phone: 401-457-3002
Website: www.providence.va.gov

Focus: Volunteers needed to assist in dialysis, patient feeding, clerical support and drivers to transport patients to medical appointments.

Recycling Resources for Rhode Island Education

P.O. Box 6264 Providence, RI 02940

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.

Rhode Island Community Food Bank

200 Niantic Ave.
Providence, RI 02907

Contact: Kelly Seigh, Phone: 401-230-1679, Fax: 401-942-2328
Email: kseigh@rifoodbank.org

Focus: To help sort items in a food distribution center.

Rhode Island Hospital

593 Eddy St.
Providence, RI 02903

Contact: Adrianne Walsh, Phone: 401-444-8635, Fax: 401-444-4356
Email: awalsh@lifespan.org

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.

Adult volunteer information sessions ‒ online registration instructions:
  1. Go to www.lifespan.org.
  2. Click on “Career Opportunities” then choose “Volunteer Opportunities.”
  3. Click on the link for Rhode Island Hospital.
  4. Register online for a volunteer information session.
  5. Download the application, complete and bring with you to the information session.

Rhode Island State House

Public Information Office
82 Smith St.
State House, Room 38 Providence, RI 02903

Contact: Tour coordinator, Phone: 401 222-3983
Email: tourcoordinator@sos.ri.gov

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.

Roger Williams Park Zoo

1000 Elmwood Ave.
Providence, RI 02907

Contact: Manager of volunteer resources, Phone: 401-785-3510, Ext. 356
Email: volunteer@rwpzoo.org

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/membership-giving/get-involved/volunteer.

Ronald McDonald House

45 Gay St.
Providence, RI 02905

Contact: Joanna A. Powers, Phone: 401-274-4447, Fax: 751-3730
Email: mfantom@prmh.org

Focus: Giving support to families of critically ill children. Volunteers help us with cleaning/housekeeping, organizing, donations, office work, greeting visitors and other projects.

Save The Bay

100 Save The Bay Drive Providence, RI 02905

Contact: Volunteer manager, Phone: 401-272-3540 x 130
Email: volunteer@savethebay.org

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.

Other locations:

Exploration Center and Aquarium

175 Memorial Blvd.
Newport, RI 02840

p: 401-324-6020
f: 401-324-6022

South Coast Center

Riverside Building
8 Broad St.
Westerly, RI  02891

p/f: 401-315-2709

Serve Rhode Island

105 Gano St.
Providence, RI 02906

Contact: Lynne Harper, Phone: 401-421-6547, Ext. 106
Email: volunteer@serverhodeisland.org

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.

Sojourner House

386 Smith St.
Providence, RI 02908

Contact: Erin Gargurevich-Gorman, Providence: 401-861-6191, Residential: 401-765-3232 Email: egorman@sojournerri.org

Focus: To empower victims and survivors of domestic violence and their families by providing resources, advocacy and support.

South Providence Neighborhood Ministries

747 Broad St.
Providence, RI 02907

Contact: Yvette Kenner, Phone: 401-461-7509, Fax: 401-785-8277
Email: Yvette@spnm.org

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.

St. Mary’s Home for Children

420 Fruit Hill Ave.
North Providence, RI 02911

Contact: Susan R. DeRita, Phone: 401-353-3900, Ext. 262
Email: sderita@smhfc.org

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.

St. Patrick Academy

244 Smith St.
Providence, RI 02908

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.

The AfterZone at Gilbert Stuart Middle School

188 Princeton Ave.
Providence, RI 02907

Contact: Emmanuel Janvier, Phone: 401-640-0614
Email: ejanvier@mypasa.org

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.

The Learning Connection

P.O. Box 169 Providence, RI 02912-0169

Contact: Volunteer coordinator, Phone: 401-274-9330
Email: info@learnconnect.com

Focus: To obtain demographics for a study of adult education programs.

The Samaritans

P.O. Box 9086 Providence, RI 02940

Contact: Denise Panichas, Executive Director Kathaline Brown, program coordinator, Phone: 401-721-5220
Email: info@samaritansri.necoxmail.com
Website: www.samaritansri.org

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.

Thomas C. Slater Training School

57 Power Road
Cranston RI 02920

Contact: Joe Cardin, Phone: 401-462-7240
Email: joe.cardin@dcyf.ri.gov

Focus: To tutor residents at a training school. One to two hours per week required.

Tri-Town Community Action

1126 Hartford Ave.
Johnston, RI 02919

Contact: Susan Connaughton, Phone: 401-519-1902
Email: sconnaughton@tri-town.org

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.

Tri-Town CAA-Head Start

79 Waterman Ave.
North Providence, RI 02911

Contact: Kristen Caine, Phone: 401-232-5444, Fax: 401-232-7364
Focus: To help with children’s activities.

Urban League of Rhode Island

246 Prairie Ave.
Providence, RI 02905

Contact: Leslie Thompson, Phone: 401-351-5000, Ext. 128
Website: www.ulri.org
Focus: To help with advocacy and public programs and do office work.

Wanskuck Boys & Girls Club

550 Branch Ave.
Providence, RI 02904

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.

Way To Grow Learning Center

1 Falco St.
North Providence, RI 02911

Contact: Carolyn Libby, program director, Phone: 401-231-1171, Ext. 1, Fax: 401-231-0242
Website: www.waytogrow.com

Focus: To assist the teaching staff with activities for young children.

Women & Infants Hospital

101 Dudley St.
Providence, RI 02905

Contact: Liz Douglas, Phone: 401-274-1122 Ext. 42255, Fax: 277-3711
Email: Volunteer@wihri.org

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.

Women’s Center of Rhode Island

P.O. Box 603300 Providence, RI 02906

Contact: Meg Joyce, Volunteer Coordinator, 401-861-2761 Ext.117, Fax: 861-2762, 24-hour hotline: 401-861-2760
Email: mjoyce@womenscenterri.org

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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Last Updated: 10/24/17