Health & Support

AIDS Project Rhode Island
232 W. Exchange St., Providence, RI 02903
(401) 831-5522 ext. 113
Fax: 401-454-0299

Rhode Island Project AIDS is a community-based organization established to help cope with all aspects of the AIDS crisis 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), 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.

American Cancer Society of RI, Inc.
400 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860
(401) 567-9259

The immediate goal of American Cancer Society is to save more lives and to diminish suffering from cancer to the fullest extent possible. The final goal of total cancer control can be reached through research. The immediate goal of saving lives must be accomplished primarily through education to the medical profession, to the community at large and through direct service to the cancer patient and their family.

American Heart Association, N. E. Affiliate
275 Westminster Street, Suite 100, Providence, RI 02903
(401) 274-4544

The American Heart Association is committed to reducing disability and death from the nation's number one and number three killers, heart disease and stroke. The New England Affiliate uses the results of medical research to develop programs to help people of all ages adopt healthy lifestyles, and works with health professionals, educators and business leaders to provide programs at schools, workplaces, healthcare sites and community centers throughout New England. Volunteers are needed in the following areas: organizing fund raising events and galas; forming or participating on a local committee or board of directors; heart-health education programs for schools; nutrition education; public relations/marketing; CPR; publications/graphic design; media relations; corporate solicitation; public speaking; public advocacy grassroots legislative network; office/administrative support; prevention and community educators; professional education; and to participate in the annual American Heart Walk.

American Red Cross
105 Gano Street, Providence, RI 02906
(401) 831-7700
1015 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown, RI
(401) 846-8100

The Red Cross provides immediate emergency relief assistance to families suffering losses caused by disasters. Other services include counseling, financial assistance and worldwide communication programs for military families and veterans. In addition to emergency response, the Red Cross also provides educational programs designed to help people prepare for and prevent emergencies with health and safety programs on various issues. Volunteers are needed to serve as emergency service caseworkers, disaster-action team members or as clerical support staff. The East Bay office needs CPR instructors, international social service workers and military caseworkers as well.

Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.
55 Summer St., Rehoboth, MA 02769

Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc., is a non-profit organization that utilizes equine-related activities for the therapy of individuals with physical, developmental and emotional differences from throughout RI and Southeastern MA. Uniquely, the horses are our treatment partners. We offer both Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding that teaches specific riding skills. Hippotherapy is a practice in which physical, speech and occupational therapists employ the horse’s movement as a treatment tool to improve neuromuscular function, language and fine motor skills. Hippotherapy relies on the sensory input provided by the horse’s rhythmic and repetitive gaits to prompt a neuromuscular response in the rider – a response that mimics the movement a child’s body would ordinarily make while walking.

Hasbro Children's Hospital
593 Eddy St., Providence, RI 02902
(401) 444-8642

Many volunteer positions are available in clinical and social areas at Hasbro. Students can choose to volunteer in the Emergency Room or the Intensive Care Unit; help with outpatient services, and work with social workers or play therapists.

James L. Maher Center
1 Metacom Ave, Bristol, RI 02809
(401) 253-5900

Mission: The James L. Maher Center fosters independence and opportunities, promotes dignity and advances integration in housing, employment and social engagement for individuals with developmental or other disabilities through customized programs in order to meet their diversified needs.
Center was a pioneer in the establishment of community residential services for individuals with developmental disabilities at a time when the only alternatives were nursing homes, state institutions or neglect of the special needs of these individuals.
The Center annually serves some 300 adults with developmental disabilities, operates 12 group homes and 16 apartments, provides early intervention to more than 150 families and supplies more than 250 rides a week for Maher Center clients and other members of the community.

Life Inc.
490 Metacom Ave, Bristol, RI 02809
(401) 254-2910

Living In Fulfilling Environments (L.I.F.E.), Inc. works to provide individualized supportive environments thereby empowering persons with developmental disabilities to achieve their personal goals. Our approach focuses on education and learning through self-advocacy and informed choices while celebrating peoples' unique abilities and preserving equality and human dignity.

Looking Upwards
2974 East Main Rd.
Portsmouth, RI 02871
(401) 293-5790

Looking Upwards is a place where people discover new possibilities.It’s where adults with developmental disabilities explore what’s meaningful to them and create satisfying lives. It’s a place where families of children with special healthcare needs find support so their children get the best start in life and thrive as they grow. Looking Upwards is a resource for school departments and a variety of professionals, expanding their options for how they serve their communities. For over 35 years, Looking Upwards has been helping individuals to live to their fullest potential. We are a Middletown-based, nonprofit agency that serves over 700 children and adults throughout Rhode Island.
Team members include direct support workers, nurses, physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, behavioral consultants, family and individual therapists, service coordinators and support staff.