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​Purpose Statement

RIC SA (Student Activities) 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.

Volunteer Opportunities

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 below 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 Handshake.

3rd Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service - Monday, January 20​, 2020 

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 or email Kristen Salemi:​​​.​​

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.

Volunteer Programs:

The Rhode Island Department of Corrections provides numerous opportunities to volunteer within our institutions.  A partial listing of programs include:  Inmate Institutional Programs, Chaplaincy/Religious services, Parenting programs, Books Beyond, Educational programs, Medical/Health services and other specialized programs.

To inquire about any volunteer opportunities within the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, please contact:

Ken Findlay
Interdepartmental Project Manager
18 Wilma Schesler Lane
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: (401) 462-0185

Student Internships:

Click here to see our Interships brochure.

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:

Sharon Turner
Intern/Volunteer Coordinator and Training Officer
Adult Probation and Parole
18 Wilma Schesler Lane
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: (401) 462-0385

Habitat for Humanity
East Bay Chapter (Bristol) - (401) 341-2425
South County Chapter - (401) 783-2480
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
(401) 942-6325
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.

Amos House
415 Friendship Street, Providence, RI 02907
(401) 272-0220
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.

Nonprofit organizations can submit announcements to the SA Briefs using the Outside Linkonline form.

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:
Rhode Island State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

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Page last updated: August 01, 2019