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Purpose Statement

RI College 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 to students and student organizations, and the compilation of information on the service projects undertaken by student organizations and Greek Life chapters.

RI College Opportunities to Serve

Kindness Counts

Community Service Fair

Service Saturdays

Agency Showcases

MLK Day of Service

Local Agency Partner Listings

Other RIC Programs

National and International Resources

Opportunities to Serve

  • For all event details, visit the Campus Events Calendar and frequent our website and Facebook page for regular updates and opportunities.
  • To receive regular updates and opportunities, sign up for this STUDENT LEADERSHIP & COMMUNITY SERVICE INTEREST FORM
  • Feel free to call or visit us at the Student Union, Room 408, call 401-456-8538 or email ksalemi@ric.edu.
  • 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 Handshake.

Kindness Counts Log

Link: http://tiny.cc/RICkindnesscounts

Submit your acts of kindness and community service efforts to the Kindness Counts log at http://tiny.cc/RICkindnesscounts -- and all those who submit good deeds throughout 2020-2021 will be recognized at the RI College Community Service Celebration next spring. Also send a snapshot to the RIC Student Leadership & Community Service Facebook page (@RICLeadandServe) to share your experience and be randomly selected for prizes!

Community Service Fair

The Student Union department and the Career Development Center hosts a Community Service Fair each September (online or in-person depending on current social distancing guidelines). Local non-profit agencies will be looking to engage with Rhode Island College students seeking to explore volunteer opportunities in our community. 

For upcoming event information, visit the Campus Events Calendar

PARTICIPATING AGENCIES

Beat the Streets Providence 

Silus Murray

(631) 355-3272

smurray@beatthestreetsprovidence.org

http://www.beatthestreetsprovidence.org/ 

Beat the Streets Providence starts after school wrestling teams which provide both youth development and academic support. We use wrestling instruction and competition as an incentive for the most at-risk students life habits. Coaches, student mentors, and tutors for academics are all needed. 

VIDEO LINK (TBD) 

A Wish Come True 

Mary-Kate O'Leary

1010 Warwick Ave. Warwick RI, 02888

401-781-9199

awish@awishcometrue.org

https://www.awish.org/ 

A Wish Come True’s mission is to grant children suffering with a life-threatening illness a magical wish.  They provide wishes to children, ages 3-18, throughout RI and Southeastern MA. Volunteers are involved with helping the children and meeting the families.  

VIDEO LINK (TBD) 

Rhode Island Black Storytellers 

Valerie Tutson

393 Broad Street, Box 14, Providence, RI 02907

(401) 312-4347

info@ribsfest.org

https://www.ribsfest.org/ 

Rhode Island Black Storytellers promotes the awareness, appreciation, and application of Black Storytelling in Rhode Island through performance, educational and cultural experiences.  

VIDEO LINK (TBD) 

Connecting for Children and Families 

Terese Curtin

46 Hope Street, Woonsocket RI 02895

(401) 766-3384

info@ccfcenter.org

https://ccfcenter.org/ 

Connecting for Children and Families helps Woonsocket children through high quality educational opportunities and family support. CCF offers a wide range of family support initiatives, educational programs, and social services.  

Sojourner House 

Vanessa Volz

386 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02908

401-861-6191

info@sojournerri.org

http://www.sojournerri.org/ 

The Sojourner House’s goal is to help our clients rebuild their lives, piece by piece, through a variety of services to help victims of sexual and domestic abuse. Our prevention and education programs work within Rhode Island communities, teaching important information on domestic abuse.  

VIDEO LINK (TBD) 

Clothes to Kids RI, INC 

Eva-Marie Mancuso

77 Reservoir Ave #5, Providence, RI 02907

401-941-8050

eva@clothestokidsri.org

https://clothestokidsri.org/ 

Clothes for Kids RI, INC helps provide new and quality used clothing to low-income or in-crisis, school-age children in Providence County, Rhode Island—free of charge. Every school-age child receives quality clothing so that he or she may attend school with the confidence and self-esteem needed to achieve academic success. 

VIDEO LINK (TBD) 

Service Saturdays

RI College students are invited to convene in small groups to participate in weekend service projects that support featured local agencies. Projects may be virtual, curb-side pick-up project kits or in-person and on-site. Students may choose to attend one or as many as they like.

For upcoming events, visit the Campus Events Calendar.

Agency Showcases

Local partner agencies are featured individually so students can meet representative to hear about service opportunities in more detail. 

For upcoming event information, visit the Campus Events Calendar

MLK Day of Service – Martin Luther King Holiday

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most prominent figures in the American Civils Rights Movement.  His leadership through nonviolent efforts mobilized the nation to help make tangible progress for Black Americans.  Colleges across the country take this day to honor Dr. King’s legacy by giving back to their local communities.  Rhode Island College students, faculty, and staff are invited to join this movement by serving at one of a number of sites in the greater Providence area. All participants will get breakfast and a free t-shirt!  

For more information about MLK Day of Service as it becomes available, visit www.ric.edu/mlk.  

Local Agency Partner Listings 

Beat the Streets Providence

Clothes to Kids, RI

Elisha Project 

Elizabeth Buffam Chase House

Family Service of RI

Foster Parrots

Kizirian Elementary School

RI Blood Center and Be the Match Bone Marrow Program

Sojourn House

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

National and International Resources

Corporation for National and Community Service

Idealist

Peace Corps

Do Something

International Service Learning

Global Volunteers

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Page last updated: October 22, 2020