Volunteers play a critical role at Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island (DIIRI)  providing the individual attention our program participants require to succeed. We always need new volunteers to work as  tutors, class room aides, immigration and citizenship support, and refugee mentors.

If you would like to volunteer, or want more information, please send an email expressing your interest to volunteers@diiri.org and our Coordinator of Volunteer Services will contact you.

Some of our volunteer positions include:


Tutor small groups or individual students in math, reading, writing, computer lab / computer skills and learning English.

Volunteers should be able to contribute at least two hours a week.  Volunteers are needed for both the day sessions 8am - 4pm (Mon - Fri) and evenings 6pm - 9pm (Tues - Thurs.

Classroom Assistants

Assist teachers with lessons in the Refugee Education Classes. Provide students with one-on-one or small group tutoring. Assist students with navigating language programs in the Language Lab.

Citizenship Tutors

Volunteers are needed to assist with the review for citizenship.

Refugee Mentors

Mentors are needed to provide support to newly arrived refugees. 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.