Serve Rhode Island is committed to creating a culture of service in Rhode Island where we leverage the social capital of volunteers to create positive change in our communities. Serve Rhode Island is both the state's center for volunteerism and the RI commission for national and community service, established in 1994 by the RI Legislature to administer the federally funded AmeriCorps program. In January 2009, the Volunteer Center of Rhode Island merged with Serve Rhode Island creating one statewide volunteer connector organization.
As the main hub for volunteerism and service, Serve Rhode Island connects thousands of volunteer with opportunities to serve in hundreds of nonprofits and schools annually. Serve Rhode Island is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Since 1994, Serve Rhode Island has secured $46 million dollars in federal funds to RI nonprofits and government agencies, providing 4,044 AmeriCorps members who have given 4.7 million hours of service. Serve Rhode Island is mobilizing individual volunteers, nonprofits and corporations to respond to our state's most pressing needs.
Serve Rhode Island’s key areas of activity:
Connecting volunteers with nonprofit needs
Increasing senior and youth volunteerism
Mobilizing volunteers for the environment and in times of disaster
Managing AmeriCorps State Programs
Managing an AmeriCorps VISTA cohort