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RIC Student Activities Community Service works to promote student volunteerism and to show the positive contributions of our students at the local, state, national, and international levels. We accomplish these goals through the dissemination of volunteer opportunities and the compilation of information on the service projects undertaken by student organizations and Greek Life chapters.
RIC Opportunity Exchange
If you are seeking volunteer opportunities for your student organization, to fulfill a service requirement, or as an individual co-curricular activity, please feel free to select one of the opportunities on the RIC Opportunity Exchange List and to reach out to the contact person listed. You can also search for opportunities online through organizations like Serve Rhode Island. If you would like to connect with off campus organizations for employment, internship, AND volunteer opportunities, you can take it one step further and create a free account in Destinations.
The Rhode Island Department of Corrections
The Office of Volunteer Services and Internships is responsible for the recruitment, placement, and coordination of all volunteers and interns throughout the various units of the Department of Corrections.
The Rhode Island Department of Corrections encourages the use of volunteers and student interns to augment services to the offender population. Volunteers and student interns represent a cost effective means of providing valuable and professional expertise and also foster understanding and cooperation between the RIDOC and various community groups, religious groups, colleges and universities, and the public at large.
All volunteers and interns must fill out an application and go through the BCI and NCIC inquiry. In addition, they must attend a mandatory orientation held at the RIDOC's Training Academy.
A partial listing of volunteer opportunities include:
- Chaplaincy Team
- Books Beyond Program
- Holidays Not Forgotten
- Space in Prison for the Arts & Creative Expression (SPACE PROGRAM) run by the Brown University Swearer Center
- Adult Probation and Parole Department
- Arts in Healing
- Girls Scouts of Rhode Island
- Parent/Child Visitation Program
- Educational programs
The Rhode Island Department of Corrections continues to provide unique and challenging internship opportunities for students. Interns assist staff in working with adult male and female offenders within an institutional or community corrections setting for course credit. Interns work under the supervision and guidance of a DOC staff person in accordance to the criteria of their college or university.
Internships may be available in Minimum Security; Medium Security; the Women’s facilities; the Planning & Research Unit; the Professional Services Unit, the Legal Department; the Business Office; the Information and Public Relations Office; Health Services; Mental Health Services; the Special Investigations Unit; the Community Confinement Unit (electronic monitoring); and the Adult Probation and Parole Departments located throughout the state including the Electronic Monitoring/Parole Unit, the Domestic Violence Unit, the Drug Court, and the Sex Offender Unit.
To inquire about any of the volunteer or internship opportunities within the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, please contact:
The Office of Volunteer Services and Internships
Adult Probation and Parole
18 Wilma Schesler Lane
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: (401) 462-1737
Habitat for Humanity
East Bay Chapter (Bristol) - (401) 341-2425
South County Chapter - (401) 783-2480 Email
West Bay Chapter (Kingston) - (401) 732-6407
Greater Providence Chapter - (401) 831-5424 Website
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing organization. All people are invited to join Habitat as they build simple, decent, affordable houses in partnership with those in need of adequate shelter. Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 100,000 houses in more than 60 countries, including some 30,000 houses across the United States. Homeowner families are chosen according to their need; their ability to repay the no-profit, no-interest mortgage; and their willingness to work in partnership with Habitat. Habitat for Humanity does not discriminate according to race, religion or ethnic group. Volunteers need not be professional contractors, but a basic knowledge of processes such as painting, carpentry, drywall and landscaping are helpful.
RI Community Food Bank
Niantic Avenue, Providence, RI
Rhode Island Community Food Bank is a private, nonprofit organization whose purpose is to redistribute donated food products to emergency food pantries, soup kitchens and other helping agencies. Approximately 2/3 of the food comes from local manufacturers and markets, and an additional 1/3 is obtained through Second Harvest, the national network of food banks. Through over 450 food programs, the Food Bank helps to feed approximately 106,000 people each month. Volunteers are needed to help at the front desk (check out member agencies and supply inventory information), office (data entry, clerical support), the warehouse (receive shipments, stamp and stack products, sort donations), and with special projects. Volunteers are needed in at least two-hour shifts.
415 Friendship Street, Providence, RI 02907
Amos House is an independent, non-denominational, non-profit agency offering resources that help individuals achieve greater stability and self-reliance in their lives through our food, shelter and social service programs. Amos House is the largest soup kitchen in Rhode Island, serving breakfast 5 days per week and a full course noontime lunch 6 days per week.
More than 600 meals are served daily. An additional 500 meals are prepared by our chef and culinary education students and sent to children's after-school programs and overflow emergency shelters daily as well. Amos House provides safe transitional shelter to hundreds of homeless people annually and a host of social services including medical and eye care clinics. Volunteers are needed to help prepare, serve and clean up for breakfast and lunch. Volunteers are needed for the following hours: 6:30 - 8:30 a.m. for breakfast and 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. for lunch, Monday through Saturday.
Are You Concerned About Individuals Living In Your Local Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities?
The Rhode Island Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is looking for people who are Empathetic, diplomatic, and skilled communicators to become Volunteer Ombudsman
For more information and to register for a training session, please call:
ALLIANCE FOR BETTER LONG TERM CARE
Rhode Island State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
Or e-mail: Lnardi@alliancebltc.org
Other RIC Programs
- The Feinstein School of Education and Human Development (FSEHD) Office of Community Service Learning (OCSL)
- American Democracy Project
- Unity Center
- Greek Life
- Alumni Awards
- Young Alumni Group
- Subcommittee on Civic/Community Engagement and Experiential Learning (CEEL) promulgated by the Committee on College Mission and Goals of RIC Council
- Rhode Island Campus Compact
- Serve Rhode Island
- Rhode Island Foundation Directory of Nonprofits
- Volunteering at Rhode Island Hospital
- Swearer Center for Public Service
National and International Resources
- Corporation for National and Community Service
- Peace Corps
- Do Something
- International Service Learning
- Global Volunteers