South Kingstown Public Library

The South Kingstown Public Library oversees that Peace Dale Library, the Kingston Free Library and the Robert Beverly Hale Library. According to the SKPL's website, "In addition to offering access to a collection of print, non-print, and electronic resources, the Library offers educational and cultural programs for all age groups, meeting rooms, and study space."

Southern Rhode Island Volunteers recently partnered with the SKPL to help provide seniors rides to the libraries through our volunteer ride service. Anyone interested, please call 401-552-7661.

Charlestown Land Trust

The Charlestown Land Trust is a nonprofit conservation corporation established in 1996. They are primarily run by volunteers and managed by their Board of Directors. As a Land Trust, the CLT acquires land and development rights for the purpose of preservation of open space. CLT operates the Kettle Pond Visitors Center in Charlestown that emphasizes, "Connecting People with Nature," and assisting visitors with any questions.

CLT Mission

Charlestown Land Trust - Charlestown’s Land Trust - preserves and protects the distinctive character of our local area through acquisition and management of open space.

Volunteer Opportunities Available

  • Charlestown Farmers Market Volunteers: Help with setup and breakdown of the market, and assist vendors. Fridays throughout the summer from 9:30 - 1 p.m. Volunteer shifts 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

  • Kettle Pond Visitors Center: Front desk helpers, assist tourists and guests, provide information on hiking, nature expeditions and more!

Charlestown Senior Community Center

Charlestown’s Senior Community Center is a place for leisure programs and activities, meetings and social events for persons of all ages, located in Ninigret park. They offer meals Monday-Friday for seniors over the age of 60, in their cafeteria. They also offer many activities at the center for residents including bingo, informational workshops, yoga, classes and more. They also run Meals on Wheels for Charlestown out of the center.

Volunteer Opportunities

•    Substitute drivers for Meals on Wheels
•    Kitchen help Mondays thru Friday 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County

According to the The Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County, (DVRCSC) is a nonprofit agency that works toward a future free of violence, and to build a community in which each individual shares the responsibility to create a culture of safety and personal dignity. We work collaboratively to offer safety, support, advocacy, education and a network of services to the residents of Washington County. The DVRCSC is dedicated to both preventing and responding to domestic violence by working to change the social conditions, beliefs and social actions that perpetuate abuse.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Hot line advocates help answer phones of victims and family members calling in for support, assistance, etc. Training and shadowing will be provided until volunteer is comfortable handling calls on their own.
  • Special events volunteers are needed to attend community events such as farmers markets, fairs, etc. to promote DVRCSC's mission and services offered to the community. Training and materials provided.
  • Bulk mail helpers to help with appeals.
  • Child care volunteers are needed to watch over children of victims/family members who are participating in various activities at the center.

South County Art Association

The South County Art Association (SCAA) has around 300 members who run exhibits out of the Helme House in Kingston RI, which is open to the public. SCAA is open five days a week to the public and offers opportunities for the public to learn through classes and lectures, inclduing drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and clay. Their goal is to expose and educate people to the arts.

The mission of the Association is to promote greater participation in the arts in Rhode Island by encouraging the production, visibility, and appreciation of artwork through quality education, juried and organized exhibitions, and artistic fellowship.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Strong need for bulk mail help for upcoming summer exhibits and events
  • Office help, various tasks including data entry, marketing and mailings 
  • Gallery sitting: Talk guests around gallery, make sure they don't touch things, take them to the gift shop

Elderwood of Scallop Shell at Wakefield

Scallop Shell is a nursing and rehab facility located in Wakefield RI. They have 50/50 short-term and long-term care patients. They offer residents a variety of activities that help them keep active physically and mentally. This is a great opportunity to interact one-on-one with residents and help alleviate isolation for the long-term patients. (Immunization records and a background check are required)

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Visiting one-on-one with residents
  • Facilitating and assisting with group activities
  • Teaching a class, presenting a lecture or hosting an event for residents

If you are interested please call 401-552-7661 or click here to register online.

Westerly WARM Center

The mission of WARM (Westerly Area Rest Meals) is to provide a continuum of care and service to the homeless and needy by providing affordable housing and assuring supportive services, and to help the homeless and needy build self-esteem and move toward independent and responsible living.

The Westerly Area Rest Meals (WARM) Inc. was established in 1987 as a shelter and meals to the homeless throughout southern Rhode Island and eastern Connecticut. It operates 7 days a week from November to march.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Kitchen helpers serving food to people in need of a warm meal

Narragansett Community Center

The Narragansett Community Center is a town space for people to use for various programs. People can rent out space at affordable prices for programs or personal events.

It is also home to the Narragansett Senior Association, where meals are provided to members and activities such a ceramic painting, quilting and an exercise room downstairs.

Volunteer Opportunities

  •  Special events

  • Bingo callers

  • Activity facilitators

South County Habitat for Humanity

The Mission of South County Habitat for Humanity is to contribute to the elimination of substandard housing by creating decent homes in partnership with people in need.

South County Habitat for Humanity is part of the global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Volunteers help construct, rehabilitate and preserve homes, as well as advocate for fair and just housing policies. SC Habitat runs its furniture donation center store, called the ReStore, in Charlestown. People donate their furniture and then the ReStore sells that furniture at fair prices to community members.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • ReStore Cashier: Work with customers and gain some communication/retail experience.

  • Furniture Pickup Scheduler: Gain some office and time management skills.

  • Store helper: Help organize furniture, clean up and make sure the store is presentable.

  • Office help: Filing, computer assistance and more.

Narragansett EMA


The Narragansett Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is responsible for the town's planning, response, recovery and mitigation of natural disasters, technological accidents, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.  

Southern Rhode Island Volunteers works with the Narragansett EMA & Town Managers from South Kingstown to provide a Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) serving the Southern Rhode Island communities in effective preparation, response, and recovery during times of natural and man-made disasters. SRIV also has opportunities for the local youth community to serve on the Youth Community Emergency Response Team (YCERT).

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Youth CERT Team: Volunteers under the age of 18 are needed to join this group. Training provided.
  • CERT Team members: All ages needed. Training provided.

Kingston Center

Kingston Center is a nursing and rehab center for long-term and short-term care patients. They offer a variety of activities for residents to participate in and are always look for more volunteers to interact with their residents. Help alleviate isolation and be a friendly visitor.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Activities facilitator: Have an idea for a class to host for residents? Want to assist residents play games, color or just have a chat? This is a perfect opportunity to get creative.

  • Seeking a male volunteer to start a men's group at the Kingston Center.

Charlestown Chamber of Commerce

Charlestown Chamber of Commerce is located off of Route 1, which is home to the Charlestown Tourism Center. Visitors can gain access to all information about what to do in the area. The chamber is puts on an annual Seafood Festival in August. This year that falls on August 4 - 6.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Seafood Festival Volunteers: Exit gate - Make sure nobody enters without paying and give people a  bracelet when they leave for reentry

South County Museum

The South County Museum is a historical site that offers interactive programs and tours for people interested in the local history of Rhode Island from May to October. The museum seeks volunteers interested in interpreting, preserving and presenting local history. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Various tasks depending on how busy the museum is. This could be ground up keeping, office tasks, providing tours and being a docent.

Please call 401-552-7661 if you are interested in this flexible opportunity. Or click here to register.

Richmond Senior Center

The Richmond Community Senior Center is a gathering place for town residents to get together, participate in activities, plus attend classes and workshops that promote healthy living. The Meals on Wheels of Richmond also runs out of the center. If you are interested in working with people, including seniors, this is the opportunity for you.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Special event volunteers
  • Activity volunteers: teach a class or assist with a class
  • Meals on Wheels subsitutes

North Kingstown Food Pantry

The North Kingstown Food Pantry is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit that strives to eliminate hunger in their community. They operate a fully donation based food pantry to help with short-term diet needs for their clients. This is a great opportunity to help alleviate hunger and help low-income residents gain access to a healthy diet. Plus, it's a great way to meet people and get involved locally.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Take clients shopping around the food pantry to ensure they are taking the correct amounts of items
  • Data entry - only needed once a month
  • Limited position for shelf stocking due to space
  • Potential opportunity to help senior and adults with disabilities gain access to food boxes to supplement their diets (take them once a month)

Please call 401-552-7661 or click here to REGISTER ONLINE.

 

Narragansett Fire Department

The primary objective of the Narragansett Fire Department is the protection of human life and property from fire, the prevention and suppression of fire, and to provide emergency medical service to the Town of Narragansett.

SRIV works in conjunction with the Narragansett Fire Department to serve our local community through the efforts of both the Adult and Youth Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and (YCERT). Both CERT teams are trained how to effectively prepare, respond, and recover from natural and man-made disasters. 

Smith's Castle

Smith's Castle is a non-profit located in North Kingstown on the grounds of the first English settlement in South County. It is a designated National Historical Site that provides tours for visitors who want to learn about the history of Rhode Island's development through three eras: Native American days, early colonial days, and the plantation era. This is a perfect opportunity for a history buff or anyone intersted in learning about

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Docents - provide tours for the public from May to October. Tours last one hour. Skills needed: Public speaking, ability to climb stairs
    • Training will be provided starting April 12, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. There are five, two-hour long sessions 

Please call 401-552-7661 or click to REGISTER ONLINE.

Jonnycake Center of Westerly

The mission of the Jonnycake Center of Westerly is to provide a continuum of services in cooperation with other agencies in our service area to assist people through crisis situations & work with each individual to find a path out of dependency toward self-sufficiency.

The Jonnycake Center runs a thrift store, food pantry and provides social service programs to get people job-ready and become self-sufficient.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Thrift store help - sorting organizing and pricing items. (Will need training for pricing)
  • Academic Community Service opportunities
  • Help with mailings during appeals (Spring, Fall) - requires folding and stuffing

South Kingstown C.A.R.E.S.

South Kingstown CARES is a non-profit that supports for the South Kingstown school district to foster academic success within the school environment. It is a volunteer-based organization that provides in-class help, homework support and mentorship to SK youth.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • SK Cares Mentors - work with children (from elementary to highschool) who would benefit from a caring adult in their life. As an mentor, your role would be to befriend the child and bring a positive influence into their life.