Serve Rhode Island is both the state's center for volunteerism and Rhode Island's Commission for National and Community Service. Established in 1994 by the Rhode Island Legislature, Serve Rhode Island works to administer the federally funded AmeriCorps program.
Serve Rhode Island transforms the lives of Rhode Islanders by increasing the number of individuals engaged in volunteer and service activities in their communities.
Our work is guided by a Governor-appointed Board of Commissioners and a State Service Plan. The strategic direction of Serve Rhode Island therefore aligns with the priorities of state government and Rhode Island's most pressing needs - the economy, education, and employment. AmeriCorps service and volunteer experience provide a pathway to education and employment and our programs directly address education success and economic opportunity.
Serve Rhode Island’s key areas of activity
- Connecting volunteers with nonprofit needs
- Increasing senior and youth volunteerism
- Managing AmeriCorps State Programs to address education and economic opportunity
Since 1994, more than 6,900 Rhode Island residents have served more than 10 million hours in AmeriCorps and have qualified for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $23,310,000.
- In 2017, AmeriCorps members in Rhode Island helped 3,000 K-8 students improve school attendance, reading or math.
- In 2017, AmeriCorps members in Rhode Island connected 3,400 High School students to college and careers.