It takes a diverse community to build and develop the strengths of individuals. At Dorcas International, we rely on multiple levels of support, from dedicated volunteers and interns to mentors who help our clients get the most out of our services.
Volunteers play a critical role in providing individual, small group, and project-based support to our programs, and help empower participants to succeed. We make every effort to match volunteers with the opportunity that works best for them, to ensure volunteering is a beneficial and rewarding experience.
Interns provide valuable service to the Dorcas International community, and we make sure to provide our interns with the attention and tools necessary to have a fruitful experience. During their time here, interns receive a unique and enriching experience providing support to both staff and clients. Interns are supervised by a staff member who provides ongoing guidance to ensure that they are fully engaged and getting the most out of their experience.
Mentors for Refugees/Unaccompanied Youth help individuals and/or families navigate and adjust to life in the United States and the Rhode Island community. Mentors provide exposure to and assistance with English language learning, accessing community services, and serves as an additional source of support to clients while not getting involved with casework.
Career Mentors assist individuals in navigating and adjusting to various career fields. They share their expertise and provide guidance, motivation, and emotional support to one or several individuals participating in our programs.
Skill-based or group volunteer opportunities vary depending on agency/department needs. We take the time to match volunteers with an opportunity that works best for them, ensuring volunteering is a beneficial and rewarding experience.
Event-based or as-needed volunteers help us when opportunities arise, such as organization events, apartment set ups, etc. We contact all volunteers who have indicated they may be available for this type of volunteer opportunity.
Please complete our information form and we will be in touch.
All opportunities are available to those 18 years of age and older. Please note that placement is on a needs basis and may not be immediate. Many opportunities may require a minimum commitment of three to six months.
Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island strives to create a welcoming environment for all, working to empower the most vulnerable among us for the past 100 years. We meet our clients where they are by providing integrated, wraparound programs and services helping those seeking to overcome educational, cultural, economic, and language barriers.