Serve Rhode Island is both the state's center for volunteerism and the state's Commission for National and Community Service, established in 1994 by the Rhode Island Legislature to administer the federally funded AmeriCorps program. As the main hub for volunteerism and service, Serve Rhode Island connects thousands of volunteers with opportunities to serve in hundreds of nonprofits and public agencies annually. Serve Rhode Island is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
We sincerely thank you for answering the call to volunteer. By volunteering you are joining in our mission to transform the lives of Rhode Islanders by increasing volunteerism and community service. This could not be accomplished without people like you!
You can search for volunteer opportunities in one of two ways:
Register on our online matching system to search opportunities. As a registered volunteer you can:
If you are interested in becoming a school volunteer through Serve Rhode Island's programs at either Roger Williams Middle School (South Providence) or Slater Junior High School (Pawtucket) please fill out the Volunteer Application. You will also need to complete a Background Check. Please follow the instructions here to complete the BCI. Once you have completed these forms, please contact
Serve Rhode Island encourages youth and students to become involved with their communities through volunteering. Through a partnership with generationOn, Serve Rhode Island has begun some new initiatives to empower more youth and students into community service.
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Serve Rhode Island, Rhode Island's State Commission for National and Community Service, administers AmeriCorps programs funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Playing a vital role in supporting a culture of citizenship, service and responsibility in America, the Corporation for National and Community Service supports funding for and development of nationwide service programs that include AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps*VISTA and Senior Corps. Serve Rhode Island supports volunteerism through these programs and we encourage people with disabilities who are interested in service to take advantage of what we have to offer through our Disability Inclusion Initiative.
AmeriCorps offers several ways to get involved, from part-time local service programs to full-time residential programs. AmeriCorps members receive extensive training and orientation so they can make positive contributions in the community they serve. Individuals can serve through one of AmeriCorps' three main programs:
Senior Corps engages individuals over 55 with service opportunities to help meet the needs and challenges of America's communities. Grants administered through Senior Corps provide funding for three special programs.
Serve Rhode Island's Disability Inclusion Initiative is designed to encourage and accommodate individuals with disabilities who are seeking service opportunities.