Independent Aging Support Southern Rhode Island Volunteers

SRIV's Independent Aging Services assist elderly individuals and adults with disabilities to remain in their own homes with assistance. Older adults with temporary health conditions are also eligible for help through this program. The goal of this program is to make it possible for each individual to remain at home as changes cause people to need a little bit of help to maintain independence. It is our philosophy that institutional care should be the last choice anyone should have to make. That is why SRIV develops, organizes, manages and delivers help to recipients wishing to live independent, happy, and healthy lives through self-determination.

Assistance includes: 

  • Transportation to medical appointments,
  • Grocery shopping (client can be present, or a volunteer can take a list to the grocery store)
  • Food delivery and/or Meals on Wheels delivery
  • Visitation for isolated individuals (1 hour a week commitment for volunteers)
  • SRIV also helps coordinate LIMITED minor home repairs, yard clean up, snow removal (for those 90 plus years of age without family) and
  • Respite for caregivers.

In coordination with the RI State Division of Elderly Affairs, SRIV helps place senior volunteers (60+) in the Senior Companion Program, which provides a stipend to the senior who make a commitment of 15 to 20 weekly hours of service. For more information contact Lindsay Tanner, Programs Director at SRIV at or call (401) 552-7661. 

Volunteers are working at…

SRIV and other locations delivering Meals on Wheels – SRIV and Volunteers assist with coordination of meal delivery prep, volunteers deliver food to local residents while providing a safety check for the most frail meals recipients. Delivery takes place Monday to Thursday with frozen meals delivered on Thursdays. Volunteers take a few moments to visit with recipients to ensure elderly neighbors are safe and well. SRIV volunteers also deliver food commodities each Friday from the Jonnycake Center in Peace Dale to home-bound seniors and adults with disabilities.  Each Friday about 12 to 15 individuals receive food to help supplement their monthly nutrition needs. A total of 58 individuals, and growing, receive the once a month food delivery. 

Southern Rhode Island Volunteers – Volunteers are dispatched from SRIV Monday through Friday to assist older neighbors in accessing health care providers. A volunteer picks up an individual with a medical, dental, cardiac, oncology, physical therapy, minor hospital procedures (no anesthesia) and more. The volunteer drives them to the appointment and returns them home afterward - sometimes with a stop at a local pharmacy.  New volunteers are always needed for this service.  There is such a need by our aging neighbors in our county for this service.

Individual homes – Serving our elder neighbors through visitation, companionship and respite. 

Know someone who could benefit from these services? Then, Please click here and fill out a client inquiry/referral form.

How Do I get Started?

Want to Volunteer? It’s super easy! All you have to do is click the button to the right.

SRIV offers flexible opportunities that makes volunteering more convenient for you.  There is no long-term commitment, and we offer a variety of projects that fit your schedule and interests.  In order to sign up, new volunteers must first complete the registration forms or stop by our office to pick them up.