Mission: To provide compassionate, non-judgmental and collaborative response to the needs of people infected, affected and at risk of HIV/AIDS. This is accomplished through leadership in prevention, education, supportive services and advocacy. The Project is guided by principles that epitomize effective nonprofit management and client-centered outcomes.
The Project is dedicated to excellence in the provision of confidential, comprehensive, caring, and consumer-driven services that contribute to the well being of HIV infected persons, and to the eradication of HIV transmission in Rhode Island.
Volunteers are needed to work in a variety of programs and services such as prevention education (staff the AIDS hotline, act as school community educator or Hepatitis vaccine educator), client services (work as computer trainer, computer/database developer, assist in the Buddy Program), and administration and development (assist with bulk mailings and administrative duties including working as graphic designer or receptionist). Volunteers are also needed to help organize and implement fundraisers and organize workshops and educational programs.
Mission: The purpose of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence is to eliminate domestic violence in Rhode Island. Our mission is to support and enhance the work of our member agencies, and to provide leadership on the issue of domestic violence.
The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) was incorporated in 1979 to assist and support Rhode Island's shelters for battered women in statewide planning, program development, systems advocacy and public education/prevention. RICADV's six member agencies have been providing services to victims of domestic violence for the last twenty-five years, consistently expanding services to provide the comprehensive support for battered women and their children. RICADV also works both locally and nationally to improve public policy on the issue of domestic violence.
Mission: We are here to meet the needs of today’s American Indian families, and to serve as a center for cultural, historical, and social exchange. Ultimately, we are building a future for our people based on the Indian nations’ history, traditions, and philosophies. This is the understanding we want to share with all people.
The Indian Council is a private, non-profit agency that provides the Native American community with social services, occupational training and employment, and economic development capabilities. The Council also serves as a center for cultural, social and historical exchange among its members. Volunteers are needed as tutors for a youth substance abuse prevention program.
Mission: To reduce the prevalence of sexual abuse and violence, and to support and advocate for those affected by it.
The Sexual Assault & Trauma Resource Center of RI offers support and information to child and adult victims of sexual violence. Volunteers are needed to staff the 24-hour, statewide hotline; provide victims with accompaniment to police stations, hospital emergency rooms and court; assist with development efforts; and participate in the agency's education programs. Volunteers are trained.
TAP-IN (Touch a Person in Need)
281 County Road, Barrington, RI
TAP-IN provides crucial services to the poor by giving them the resources they need to get back on their feet. TAP-IN enables people to achieve economic independence and to lead happy and health lives. Volunteers are needed to help sort clothing, shelf donated food, drive clients to doctor appointments, and provide childcare for special events.
Women's Resource Center
114 Truro Street, Newport, RI 02840: (401) 846-5263
516 Main Street, Warren, RI 02840: (401) 247-2070
24-Hour Hotline: (401) 847-2533
Mission: Leading domestic violence prevention through the empowerment of individuals and the community by providing advocacy, education and support services.
Volunteers are needed to provide education and support to victims of domestic abuse. Victims call the hotline to come to the Resource Center and to learn about other resources available to them. In the shelter, volunteers assist with all of the daily living activities, child care, cleaning, transporting clients, offering emotional support, etc. Volunteers are asked to volunteer 3-4 hours per week for at least 6 months. Training is provided three times a year.
Mission: YPI’s goals are to meet the social, emotional and educational needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth and their allies through empowering programs of support, education, organizing and advocacy, while working to change the homophobic, biphobic and transphobic environments in which they live, work, study, play and pray.
Drop-In Center: a place for youth to hang out, use library and computer facilities and meet others. Hours Monday-Friday, Noon - 8:00 p.m.
Outreach: youth are trained to present workshops on HIV/AIDS, STDs, pregnancy, substance abuse, gender and sexuality in schools and community agencies. Youth are also trained as activists to educate their peers on the connections between racial and economic justice and sexual orientation. Through the Street Health Initiative youth are trained to distribute safe sex materials, food, toiletries and referrals through street outreach in Providence.
The Way Out Support Group: to discuss difficulties and solutions with peers in a supportive and confidential environment. The Support Group meets on Tuesdays, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Social Activities: include Wednesday Movie/Game Nights and Friday outings for bowling, plays, pool, movies, and cultural and social events.
The Safe Zone Program: Youth Pride helps to establish safe zones -- places that actively support and assist lesbian, gay, transgender youth -- in schools and community organizations.
Gay Straight Alliances are after-school clubs formed by youth to discuss issues affecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth at their schools. The RI GSA Coalition brings them together for support and activism.