Community Development

Child and Family
31 John Clarke Road, Middletown, RI 02842
(401) 849-2300

Mission: To strengthen families, their members and the communities in which they live.

Child & Family is the largest and most comprehensive social service provider in Newport County, and one of the largest in the State of Rhode Island.  It is a center for community involvement - a place where people come together to give help, to receive help and to support the work of others.  Child & Family is the lead agency for the Rhode Island Care Management Network, which was selected by the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families to serve as one of two statewide Family Care Networks for the Rhode Island System of Care for children and families.  With state-of-the-art Community Centers in both Middletown and Providence, Child & Family provides important services and programs to thousands of children, teens, families and elders each year.

City Year Rhode Island
77 Eddy Street, 2nd Floor
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 553-2500 ext. 224

City Year RI, a proud member of the AmeriCorps Network, is a national service organization that unites hundreds of young adults, ages 17 - 24, from diverse racial, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds for a demanding year of full-time community service, leadership development and civic engagement. Corps members serve as teacher's aides, work in community gardens, run a spring service camp for elementary students and many more programs aimed at community and youth development. Short-term volunteer opportunities are available through the Serve-a-Thon and other various committees.

Free Geek Providence
135 Webster Street Unit #3, Pawtucket, RI 02861
(401) 484-8884

Free Geek Providence is a non-profit 501(c)3,  grassroots, volunteer run organization dedicated  to addressing the digital divide by providing recycled computers,  training and technical assistance  to our community and responsibly recycling items that can no longer be used.

Heads Up Inc.
134 Mathewson St, Providence, RI 02903
(401) 331-8900

HeadsUp, Inc. is a human services agency in downtown Providence, RI.  It is a secular partner to the Mathewson Street United Methodist Church. They collaborate with other service providers to host a wide range of non-religious human services activities in the church building. Activities include hosting a soup kitchen, hosting programming for those who are or have been homeless, organizing educational programs for at-risk youth, and hosting support services for Rhode Islanders living with HIV/AIDS.

Mosaico Community Development Corp. 

Bristol State House,
260 High Street, Bristol, RI 02809
(401) 253-4627
Shuttle Service/Work Study Opportunity

Mosaico provides the communities of Bristol and Warren with opportunities for economic and professional advancement, as well as sponsoring community-building events. Mosaico also manages the Historic Interpretive Center in Bristol, informing visitors about the history of the local area. Volunteers are needed to act as docents at the Center, accommodating guests coming to view the exhibits. Docents also guide guests around the Center while telling the history of the site. Docents are responsible for setting up and breaking down the moveable exhibits. Volunteers are also needed to help with fundraising and outreach activities (such as themed dinners, activities for seniors and children, neighborhood clean-ups and parties, etc.). Volunteers are also needed to assist with the Sense of Pride Campaign, giving educational tours of the Wood Street neighborhood to elementary school students. Volunteers for the Sense of Pride Campaign will be trained and will give tours once a month.

12 Library Court, Providence, RI 02909
(401) 525-1822

Recycle-A-Bike is a volunteer-based community organization that connects people with refurbished bikes, provides practical bike knowledge, and advocates bicycle use by safer, more confident cyclists.
Valuable connections are made in the community shop among bicycle riders. By learning and sharing bike maintenance knowledge, people learn to believe in themselves and their community.

Our programs make the simple technology of these pedal powered machines available to all with the help of the volunteer staff and general skill sharing. Mobility on a bicycle is an expression of our freedom and equality! We encourage members of the public to participate in cycling as part of a healthy and active lifestyle – not just as a recreational activity, but also as a viable mode of transportation.


Southside Community Land Trust
109 Somerset Ave., Providence, RI 02907
(401) 273-9419

The Southside Community Land Trust believes that urban gardening is an important vehicle for developing community, promoting self-sufficiency and improving the quality of life in South Providence. SCLT promotes urban gardening, facilitates environmental education and creates solutions for other community needs. Short-term and long-term volunteers are needed to help create community gardens, work in educational programs and work on the urban organic farm.