Looking for a volunteer opportunity? Here’s some from around the region.

Southern RhodeIsland Volunteers

Charlestown Farmers Market - Set up market, tent, tables, water sanitation, trash containers and sandwich boards; keep count of attendees; parking; breaking market down and putting items away in shed; relieving vendors if they need a break; greeting customers.

Charlestown Land Trust - Kettle Pond Visitors Center Information Desk: assist and direct guests - weekend and weekday opportunities. Trail work. Minor computer assistance.

Courthouse Center for the Arts - Office support: data entry, general office work, answering phones, volunteer management. Teacher’s assistant. Ticket sales. Cleaning and general upkeep

Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County in Wakefield - Hotline Advocates: answer calls from victims and family members of domestic violence. - training and shadowing required. Special event volunteers: attend community events to spread the word about DVRCSC and its services - training require. Bulk mail helpers. Child care volunteer: watch children while their parents/family members are attending a group session or meeting - training required

Elderwood of Scallop Shell at Wakefield - One-on-one visitations. Group activity facilitators or assistants. Opportunity for presentations, teaching a class or putting on an event for residents.

Hidden Brook Acres in Hope Valley - General barn help; Facility/grounds maintenance; horse handlers.

Horses Bring Hope in Wakefield - Barn and stable maintenance and help with therapy programs for all ages.

Home Health and Hospice of Nursing Placement - Looking for volunteers with different skills for a variety of tasks, such as Hospice patient visitor, making cards, knitting, office work, art, teaching classes, etc.

Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale - Food Pantry volunteers: serve visitors, accept and sort donations. Donation center volunteers: price, sort donated items. Fundraising volunteers. Member services volunteer: register new members, make referral and reminder calls. Food delivery to homebound seniors: Fridays. Merchandising volunteers.

Jonnycake Center of Westerly - Thrift store volunteers to help price, sort and organize items for sales floor; clothing sorters. Volunteers for mailing and stuffing envelopes for appeals.

Kingston Center: Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in West Kingston - Activities volunteer: assist with activities or facilitate activities with residents. Male volunteers to lead a men’s group at the center: play cards, discuss various topics, etc.

Meals on Wheels Across Washington County - Volunteers to pick up meals and deliver them to homebound seniors. Various locations throughout Washington County including South Kingstown, Westerly, Richmond, Charlestown, North Kingstown. Shortage of Volunteers in Westerly.

Museum of Primitive Art & Culture in Wakefield - Education Assistant-help educate school children on the community (mostly third graders) mornings 10-12. Docents.

Narragansett Emergency Management - CERT Team volunteers to help in the event of a man-made of natural disaster - trainings provided. Youth CERT Team volunteers - trainings provided.

North Kingstown Food Pantry - Food stocking help; data entry; taking customers shopping in pantry; food delivery.

Pet Refuge in North Kingstown - Help feed and play with cats; Maintenance and grounds work.

Rhode Island Center for Assisting Those in Need (RICAN) in Charlestown - Thrift store help and food pantry help.

Rhode Island Welcome Center in Richmond (Department of Transportation) - Tourism Information Volunteer: Assist visitors by answering questions,  providing informational materials, and providing basic office assistance.

Smith’s Castle - Docents: Give tours of the 1678 structure, educating the public about the history of Smith’s Castle. Docents will commit to two 4-hour shifts per month during season (May to mid-October). Training provided beginning April 3.

South County Art Association in Kingston - Bulk mailers for various art exhibits. Gallery sitters: take visitors around gallery and to gift shop. Events volunteers. Office volunteers: light data entry for memberships and class registration.

South County Habitat for Humanity in Charlestown - Volunteers for its ReStore - a nonprofit  donation based home improvement store; donation schedulers - creating and maintaining donation pick-up schedule; answering and returning phone calls; reporting to manager for customer and donor questions; cashiers; greeting customers; operating sales counter and register; responding to customer inquiries; answer and process phone calls; sales floor in-store helpers, includes processing donations for sale, or moving sold items.

South County Hospital – Volunteers needed for patient info desk and Hospital Desk; Emergency Room; Ambulatory Care Center; Medical Records; Patient Floors and Patient Companion; Orthopedics Unit; Pathology.

South County Museum in Narragansett - Docents interested in preserving and presenting local history. Maintenance of building and garden, including cleaning of building.

South Kingstown CARES - Child Mentors: Be a positive role model in a child’s life in this after school program held throughout the academic year. Training required.

South Kingstown Public Library - Drivers needed to take seniors to the library. Newsletter Delivery Volunteer: delivering library newsletter to La Casa, Peace Dale House, Brookdale, S.K. Senior Center, Indian Run Complex and Bright View Commons.

Tomaquag Museum in Exeter - Archives Volunteers: receive training on how to preserve, maintain and archive collections for the Tomaquag Museum. Museum cleaning. Painting- completing painting of guest bathroom and museum staircase. Data entry. Education staff assistant: Friday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. to assist museum educator with setup, running and cleanup of weekly Children’s Hour. Winterization- outdoor cleanup, storing things for winter, covering windows with plastic.

Town of Charlestown Senior/Community Center - Substitute Drivers for Meals on Wheels. Kitchen Aide volunteers Mondays to Friday 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., as needed.

Town of Westerly Animal Shelter - Front Desk Volunteer: assist guests, direct guests and answer questions. Animal Assistant Volunteers: clean feeding bowls and linens, plus play with their pets up for adoption.

WARM Center of Westerly - Soup kitchen volunteers; Group meal providers: teams of employees, civic organizations, churches, schools, or families and friends that join together to provide a meal.  

Westerly Land Trust - Hike leaders for weekly senior hiking group and hike co-leaders for all age hikes throughout the fall.

Internal Opportunities at Southern Rhode Island Volunteers - SRIV’s Independent Aging Services for home-bound seniors and adults with disabilities. Friendly Visitors: 1-hour a week commitment. Grocery Shoppers: go with client or shop for the client. Meals on Wheels Drivers and  Substitutes. Medical Transportation drivers. Minor yard maintenance and home repair. Disaster Preparedness Team Members: CERT and Youth CERT. In-house grant writers. Event planning volunteers. Community Outreach Volunteers: Represent SRIV at various community events at our promotional table. Hand out information and answer questions (Training provided). Office Assistant Volunteers to answer phones to help senior clients and new volunteers, mail info to individuals, and other projects based on skills, interests and  agency office needs. Intern for website management/ content design, some social media team projects, program support with IAP and volunteers - Mondays/ Thursdays.

Southern Rhode Island Volunteers offers flexible volunteer opportunities, mileage reimbursement, supplemental liability insurance, training and ongoing support. If you are interested in any of these opportunities call 401-552-7661 or register online at southernrivol.org/register.

Phoenix Rising Equine Rescue and Sanctuary

Phoenix Rising Equine Rescue and Sanctuary in North Stonington is looking for volunteers to help walk, feed, give water, groom, and spend time with rescued horses. Flexible daytime shifts available weekday and weekends. Contact Gina King at 781-330-3934 for more info.

PawcatuckNeighborhood Center

Office support volunteers are needed at the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center to greet clients and guests, answer and forward calls, answer questions about the center, distribute paperwork for client needs, light office work and direct questions to appropriate staff person or program area.

Beacon Hospice

Beacon Hospice in North Kingstown is seeking local volunteers to visit our hospice patients in the Westerly area. You can help improve the quality of life for patients and caregivers by offering companionship, playing music, reading to the patient and providing caregiver respite. To register, contact Paul Gauthier at 401-294-6204 or by email at paul.gauthier@amedisy.com.

NeighborsHelpingNeighbors RI

The program needs experienced handymen/contractors who are willing to volunteer. Materials provided along with additional volunteers, if desired. To learn more, our website has an eight-minute video, at www.nhnri.org. Contact Tina Lungren at 401-601-5621 to volunteer.

Tri-CountyCommunityAction Agency

Volunteers are needed who can support the food distribution program at 34 Pond St. in Westerly on the last Tuesday of each month. Volunteers are needed between 9 and 10 a.m. to help with packing items for pickup between 1 and 3 p.m. Volunteers are required to undergo criminal background checks. For more information, call Maureen Tissiere at 401-596-7272, ext. 4114.

Westerly Hospital

Adult volunteers help in our Emergency Department. Candidates must be customer focused, flexible, and willing to work in a fast-paced and sometimes challenging environment. The hospital also needs volunteers to serve as a substitute for other volunteers. Contact Mabel Payne at 401-348-3969, or email mabel.payne@westerlyhospital.org.

Frank OleanCenter in Westerly

The Frank Olean Center, 93 Airport Road in Westerly, seeks volunteers to help fill a variety of needs. Hours can be tailored to fit your schedule. Contact tcherenzia@oleancenter.org or stop in to complete an application. All volunteers will need a criminal background check.

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