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Make a difference with FriarServe

FriarServe is a service initiative that pairs Providence College volunteers with five Providence Catholic Pre-K – 8 schools. This service component is a companion to PC’s centennial gift of $100,000 to Catholic schools in the Diocese of Providence. The monetary gift, which will be paid over four years, will be used to provide scholarships to diocesan K-12 schools.​

WHO CAN VOLUNTEER?
Students, faculty, staff, and administrators at Providence College.​

WHEN CAN I VOLUNTEER?
Volunteer opportunities will be available from September 2018 through May 2019.

WHERE ARE THE SCHOOLS LOCATED?

All schools are in Providence, and with the exception of Bishop McVinney, which is in lower South Providence, all are within three miles of campus. Two schools (St. Pius V and St. Augustine) are within walking distance.

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?

That varies depending on the availability of the volunteer and the needs of the schools. Service hours can be one-time, weekly, monthly, or any other arrangement that works for the schools and volunteers.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The Office of Public Affairs and Community Relations will work with the Diocese of Providence Catholic School Office to identify volunteer opportunities within diocesan schools and match them with PC students, faculty, and staff who are able to volunteer.

IS A BACKGROUND CHECK NECESSARY?

All volunteers are required to obtain a background check through the Diocese of Providence. PC will cover the cost of background checks and assist with completing required paperwork.

WILL TRANSPORTATION BE PROVIDED?

Campus Transportation will give volunteers a ride to each school, should they require it.

PARTICI​PATING SCHOOLS

  • Bishop McVinney Regional School
  • Blessed Sacrament School
  • St. Augustine School
  • St. Pius V School
  • St. Thomas Regional School

WHAT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE?

 

Where:

Bishop McVinney School

155 Gordon Avenue

Providence, RI 02905

*Campus Transportation will be available to those who request it

 

What: Tech Support

Provide computer assistance for students who attend After School Care.

When:

Flexible between Monday through Friday from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

What: Technology Assessment Audit

The principal is looking for a complete assessment of computer lab, classroom, Wi-Fi upgrade, etc.

When:

Flexible

What: Classroom Assistance

Assist teachers in the classroom for grades Pre-School through 1.

When:

Flexible between Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

 What: After School Care

Students in grades Pre-School through grade 8 could use assistance with general activities.

When:

Flexible between Monday through Friday from 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

What: School Clubs

The principal would welcome assistance in starting a new club after school.  They are open to drama, writing, computer, art, or anything other ideas.

When:

Flexible between Monday through Friday from 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Where:

Blessed Sacrament

240 Regent Avenue

Providence, RI 02908

*Campus Transportation will be available to those who request it

What: After School Care/Homework Assistance

Students in grades Pre-K through 8th grade that attend the After School Program could use assistance with their homework.  While this is open to all grades, the highest anticipated volume would be for the 4th and 5th graders.  After homework is completed, volunteers would go to After School care to assist with general activities.

When:

Flexible between Monday through Friday from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

What: Classroom Assistance

Assist teachers with classroom activities for grades Pre-K through 1.

When:

Flexible between Monday and Friday between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

What: Drama Club

Assist the director with acting, set-design, or artwork in preparation for the performance of Lion King.  Performance will take place in early May.  Drama Club is open to grades 5-8.

When:

Mondays from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

What: Art Club

Assist the program director with various arts/crafts activities.  Art Club is open to grades K-5.

When:

Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

 

Where:

St. Augustine School

635 Mount Pleasant Avenue

Providence, RI 02908

*Campus Transportation will be available to those who request it

 

What: Extended Day Program

Students in grades Pre-School through grade 8 could use assistance with general activities.

When:

Flexible between Monday through Friday from 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

What: Robotics Club

The school is looking to start a robotics club after school for students in grades 3 – 5.  Supplies will be provided for specific projects.

When:

Flexible between Monday through Friday from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

What: Art Club

Students in grades K – 5 will have the opportunity to register for this six-week session.  Volunteers will select the projects.

When:

Flexible between Monday through Friday from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

What: STEAM Club

The school is looking to start a STEAM club after school for students in grades 3 – 5.  Supplies will be provided for specific projects (examples: Little Bits, Makey Makey)

When:

Flexible between Monday through Friday from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

What: Lower School Classroom Assistance (Grades Pre-School – K)

Assisting teachers in the classroom.

When:

Multiple time slots available Monday through Friday between 8:10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

What: Marketing Assistance

The school is looking for help with marketing and updating the school website.  They welcome fresh ideas!

When:

Flexible

Where:

St. Pius V School

49 Elmhurst Avenue

Providence, RI 02908

 

What: Chess Club

The school is looking to start a chess club after school.  It would not be a competitive team, but simply a way for students to learn the game of chess and play in a structured environment on a weekly basis. They have chessboards and pieces.

When:

Weekly, day of the week is open to volunteer(s) availability, between 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

What: Art Club

Students in grades Pre-K through 6 will have the opportunity to register for this four-week session.  Volunteers will select the projects.

When:

Fridays from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. / 4 week session: Oct. 26 – Nov. 16

What: Extended Day Program – Grades 1-8

Assisting students in grades 1 – 8 with general activities.

When:

Flexible between Monday through Friday from 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

What: Extended Day Program – Grades Pre-School – K

Assisting students in grades Pre-School – K with general activities.

When:

Flexible between Monday through Friday from 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

What: Homework Helper

Assisting students in grades 1 – 8 with homework.

When:

Any day Monday through Friday from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

What: Lunch/Recess Monitor

Assisting the lunch/recess monitor(s) with monitoring students in grades Pre-School – K.

When:

Any day Monday through Friday from 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

What: Lower School Classroom Assistance (Grades Pre-K -1)

Assisting teachers in the classroom.

When:

Multiple times available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:05 a.m. – 2 p.m.

What: After School Tutoring

Assisting middle school students (grades 5-8) with 1:1 math help.

When:

Any day Monday through Friday from 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

What: Drama Club

Assist the director with acting, set-design, or artwork in preparation for the performance of The Wizard of Oz.  Performance will take place in early March.  Drama Club is open to grades 5-8.

When:

Beginning October 11 on Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. and/or Saturdays from 1 p.m. – 4p.m.

What: Recycling Club

The school is looking to start a recycling club after school and is looking for volunteer to assist the staff lead.  They are very open to new ideas!  This will be open to Grades 4-8.

When:

Weekly, day of the week is open to volunteer(s) availability, between 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

What: Athletics

The school could always use volunteers with their existing athletic teams, for practice, or starting something new.

When:

Typically between Monday through Friday from 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Where:

St. Thomas Regional School

15 Edendale Avenue

North Providence, RI 02911

*Campus Transportation will be available to those who request it

 

What: Art Club

Students in grades Pre-K through 8 will have the opportunity to register for this six-week session.  Volunteers will select the projects.

When:

Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. / 6 week session: Oct. 4 – Nov. 8

What: Cheerleading Club

Students in grades K through 5 will have the opportunity to register for this six-week session to learn about cheerleading in a casual, fun environment.  Volunteers can create a routine for students to perform to Extended Day Care on last day.

When:

Wednesday from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. / 6 week session: Oct. 3 – Nov.14

What: Chess Club

The school is looking to start a chess club after school.  It would not be a competitive team, but simply a way for students to learn the game of chess and play in a structured environment on a weekly basis. Students in grades 5 – 8 will have the opportunity to register for this six-week session.  Supplies will be provided.

When:

Wednesday from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. / 6 week session: Oct. 3 – Nov.14

What: Extended Day Program

Assisting students in grades Pre-School – 8 with general activities.

When:

Flexible between Monday through Friday from 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

What: Lower School Classroom Assistance (Grades K-4)

Assisting students in grades K -4 with general “specials” classes: Spanish/Technology, Performing Arts, Physical Education

When:

Multiple time slots available Monday through Friday between 8:15 a.m. – 2 p.m.