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At THE REHABILITATION HOSPITAL OF RHODE ISLAND, our volunteers are exceptional people in many ways. They are people who make a difference by helping others.

You may have considered volunteering, but worried about the time it would take from your already busy schedule. All you need is a minimum time commitment of two hours per week and a strong desire to help. Volunteers make a significant difference to our patients, staff, and the hospital community.

As a volunteer, we ask that you bring the following to the position:

  • A dedicated outlook
  • A warm and friendly smile
  • Compassion for others
  • Commitment of time
  • A desire to learn new skills and make new friends

These traits go a long way in helping RHRI provide the highest-quality healthcare to our community and the region. From students to adults, our volunteers range in age from 14 to 90 and work in numerous departments throughout the hospital including:

  • Lobby Greeters
  • Therapy Areas
  • Medical Records
  • Nutrition
  • Administrative Offices

Adult Volunteer Program

Adult volunteers are required to complete the following:

  • Interview and application
  • Background check
  • Provide immunization documentation
  • Provide a personal reference
  • Attend a hospital orientation
  • Commit to a minimum of 2-4 hours a week and a minimum of 45 volunteer hours.

Students - Summer & After School Volunteer Program

Students interested in volunteering at RHRI must be at least 14 years of age and students under 18 must submit a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian to participate in the program.

  • Summer program lasts for 7 weeks and requires a weekly commitment of at least 4 hours and total hourly commitment of 28 hours.
  • After School program requires a weekly commitment of at least 2 hours and a total hourly commitment of 45 hours during the school year.
  • Letters of recommendation will be given to each student that successfully completes the program.

Students are required to complete the following:

  • Interview and volunteer paperwork including signed permission slip for students under 18 years of age.
  • Background check for those over 18 years of age
  • Provide a personal reference (teacher/coach/supervisor)
  • Provide an updated immunization record
  • Undergo two tuberculosis tests
  • Attend a hospital orientation
  • Commit to 45 hours/school year program or 28 hours/summer program
  • Adhere to uniform and dress code policies

If you would like more information on volunteering at The Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island, please contact the Volunteer Services Coordinator at 401-769-4100, ext. 2345 or email Carolyn Dery at