Project Summary

Project Category: Other

Number of Participants: Varies

Duration of Project: Varies - Tutor Volunteers need to be able to give at least two hours per week. Refugee mentors need to be available for at least once a week for four months.

Cost: Varies

Indoor/Outdoor: Indoor

Service Opportunities: Opportunities to donate funds, in-kind items, and clothing, Other opportunities include tutoring students in core areas like math, reading, writing, etc., assisting teachers with lessons, assist with the review for citizenship, and provide support for newly arrived refugees

Location: 220 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02907-1435 MAP LINK

Project Contact:
Jessica Barry
P: (401) 784-8619


Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island welcomes all those who are working to overcome cultural, educational, economic and language barriers; and empower them to achieve self-sufficiency and to participate actively in our community. They empower individuals and families, especially the under-served, immigrants, and refugees, to become self-sufficient and fully participating members of our diverse community through innovative programs and advocacy that promote education, training, and cultural understanding.

Impact: Dorcas International provides client-centered services, advocacy and opportunities based on our expertise in family literacy and adult education, employment services, refugee resettlement, translation, interpretation, U.S. citizenship and immigration services. They are committed to building on the diversity and strength of the people we serve as an investment in a stronger and more connected community. Volunteers play a critical role at Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island (DIIRI) by providing the individual attention our program participants require to succeed. They always need new volunteers to work as tutors, class room aides, immigration and citizenship support, and refugee mentors.

Project Availability:

Volunteer Responsibilities: Volunteer tutors will work in small groups or one-to-one with students and will work on subjects like math, reading, and writing. Tutors should be able to contribute at least two hours per week and volunteers are needed for both the day sessions 8am - 4pm (Mon - Fri) and evenings 6pm - 9pm (Tues - Thurs.). Classroom Assistants will assist teachers with lessons in Refugee Education Classes, provide students with one-on-one or small group tutoring, and assist students with navigating language programs in the Language Lab. Refugee Mentors will assist with orientation to U.S. Culture, and help with everyday needs and activities. Volunteers should be available at least once a week for a minimum of four months.

Attire: Casual Attire

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