Feinstein Community Connections

The 15th Annual Community Connections program will take place on August 26, 2019.

The Feinstein Community Connections program began in 2005 to provide a common service experience that actualized commitment to service, a core value of the University and met the real needs of organizations and individuals in the local community, all while continuing the orientation process for new students. 

Our entering class volunteers at non-profit agencies throughout Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, led by student or faculty/staff site leaders - Nearly 1,200 volunteers engaged in 6,300 hours of service!

Experience Service With Our Students


The Feinstein Community Connections program invites you to consider what you could accomplish with the energy, enthusiasm (and yes, free labor!) of RWU volunteers: 

  • Past work has included landscaping, trail maintenance, painting, social programming for senior citizens, inventory, and small construction/maintenance projects. 
  • Organizations are asked to pick a project that can reasonably be completed in one day and would engage 25-100 volunteers (if you think you can use more than 100, we can do that, too!)
  • RWU provides transportation, lunches, work gloves, and other supplies.  Depending on the project, the site may be asked to provide additional supplies such as paint,  mulch, and heavy tools.
  • We ask that a site contact/supervisor from your organization be available on site on August 28th to supervise and to give our students an orientation about your organization.
  • All participating organizations are asked to attend program orientation at RWU on 2 different dates that will be sent by email. Light refreshments will be served.

Do you think our volunteers could be helpful to your organization?  If you would like to discuss the program further before making a decision, I encourage you to contact service@rwu.edu or by calling 401-254-3787.  Our program coordinators are also available to visit your organization to help you conceptualize the format of your project. 

Feinstein Community Connections 2010 will take place on August 26, 2019

You will register for the program online when you register for summer orientation. That's why we ask you questions about the types of issues you are interested in and the skills you have. We do our best to match you with a site that uses those skills to benefit the community.

Here are some of the organizations students volunteered in the past few years:

Adams House                                                             

Audubon Society of Rhode Island                         \

Battleship Cove                                   
Bayside YMCA                                                                                 
Bristol Parks and Rec
Child & Family
Coggeshall Farm Museum
First United Methodist Church of Warren & Bristol
Franklin Court Assisted Living
Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation
Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center
HeadsUp, Inc.
James L Maher Center
John Hope Settlement House
My Brother's Keeper
Nathanael Greene Homestead
Newport Arboretum
Norman Bird Sanctuary
PACE Organization of RI
Roger Williams Park
Saint Elizabeth Community
Save The Bay
The Nature Conservancy
Tiverton Library Services
Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council
Youth Pride Inc.  
YWCA Rhode Island

If you have any questions about the Community Connections program, please contact service@rwu.edu.

We need 100 returning students, faculty, and staff to lead our groups in the field.  All "site leaders" recieve the training and tools to ensure a safe and positive experience for all participants.  

Recruitment begins in the spring semester for site leaders and student program coordinators.  So, keep an eye out on our Hawlink page and your RWU email. 


Hear From Our Community Partners

Here are a few sound bytes from our community partners who have participated in Community Connections:

WARM Center – Westerly, RI

“The planned date coincided perfectly with a mailing that needed to be done for our organization. They completed the job with minimal supervision and freed up a lot of time for staff to focus on other duties. Thank you so much!”

John Hope Settlement House – Providence, RI

“They were eager to learn the history about our organization and they did an amazing job!”

The Nature Conservancy/Francis Carter Preserve – Charlestown, RI

“As always, they were great kids -- smart, easy to work with, and eager to help out. Terrific representatives of the school. We would be happy to have them back with The Nature Conservancy next year.”

Tree Council - Ninigret Park – Newport, RI

“The students and site leaders were an excellent representation of Roger Williams. We can not thank you enough for all their hard work! Hope to see you next year.”

Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council – Providence, RI

“The group was really helpful and we look forward to working with RWU again!”

Franklin Court Assisted Living – Bristol, RI

“Everything went smoothly. We host a car wash for the tenants at Franklin Court Independent Living, weather permitting! This year the Mother Nature was on our side! We had a meet & greet with the tenants, car wash, the tenants made delicious macaroni and meatballs for lunch, then bingo! It was awesome!”

Franklin Court Assisted Living – Bristol, RI

“It was great to see the students spending quality time with our residents and brightening their day!”

Adam’s House – Fall River, MA

“We appreciate the opportunity to participate in the program.” “Your group was polite, seemed to be engaged in the program, and we were grateful for the visit. The staff members were also impressed with Adams House! Thank you!”

Save the Bay – Bristol, RI

“The site leaders are vital to keeping the students motivated, safe, and on-task. We couldn’t have conducted the clean-up without them! The students were troopers. They gave it their all and performed a valuable service!”

Mosaico – Bristol, RI

“Thank you once again; for all your hard work – we really do appreciate it! Best of luck @ RWU in coming years!”

Tiverton Library – Tiverton, RI

“Very nice group of kids – very polite and respectful – worked hard on a hot day!”

My Brother’s Keeper – New Bedford, MA

“This was the first year that My Brother's Keeper hosted Roger Williams University students as part of Community Connections. Our staff had a wonderful day of service with these students and the site leaders and were able to provide a household full of furniture to several local families thanks to this groups hard work! The only challenge we faced during the day was in finding opportunities to discuss the deliveries with these students -- if possible, next year we would like to explore having the students ride with our staff to and from the deliveries. Either way, we look forward to partnering with RWU again in the future! Thanks for all of your hard work in pulling this incredible event together.”