Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities in Bristol, Rhode Island

Audubon Society of Rhode Island
12 Sanderson Road
Smithfield, RI 02917

Contact: Jonathan Scoones, Director of Volunteer Services, (401) 949-5454 x3044, jscoones@asri.org   

Audubon Society of Rhode Island is dedicated to protecting birds, other wildlife and their habitat through conservation, education and advocacy for the benefit of people and all living things. Volunteers are needed as Exhibit Naturalist Guides (training provided), kids arts & crafts, refuge management, refuge monitors, special events and administrative assistance.


Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809

Contact: (401) 253-2707, info@blithewold.org

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum includes a seaside 45-room English-style manor mansion built in 1908.   Framed by a series of lovely gardens and arboretum on 33 acres, it has been ranked by Yankee Magazine as one of the five best public gardens in New England. Volunteers are needed for office work, gift shop, docents, special events and gardening.


Bristol Animal Shelter
10 Minturn Farm Road, Bristol, RI 02809

Contact: Lori Sendroff or Dyanne Gibree, (401) 253-4834      

Volunteer opportunities: providing tours of the facility, maintenance, manning the front desk and answering phones, fundraising and socialization of the animals.


Bristol Art Museum

Contact: info@bristolartmuseum.org

Bristol Art Museum’s mission is to encourage the creation, promotion and appreciation of the arts through exhibitions and educational opportunities.  Volunteers are needed for art opening receptions, preparation for art exhibit displays and for the Art al Fresco, an outdoor art show on the last Sunday in July.


Bristol Blooms
P.O. Box 1083, Bristol, RI 02809

Contact: Ray Massey, (401) 644-4268

Bristol Blooms is a volunteer initiative to beautify Bristol by hanging blooming flower baskets on replica period lanterns in downtown Bristol.

Bristol Annual Christmas Festival Committee

PO Box 663, Bristol, RI 02809
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BristolChristmasFestival/
Contact: Michael Rielly, Committee Chair (email: mjrielly@gmail.com)

Help Bristol celebrate Christmas in its time-honored way by joining the committee that plans our Town’s Grand Illumination along with special family events including Breakfast with Santa and Christmas Story Time. Bring your ideas and Holiday cheer to our planning sessions as we work together to usher in another season of cheer and good will.

Bristol Fourth of July Committee
Attn: Membership, P.O. Box 561, Bristol, RI 02809


Contact: Ray Lavey, (401) 523-6914 for volunteer information or visit their website and download an application, sending it to address above.

The Annual Bristol 4th of July Celebration officially starts on June 14th, Flag Day and concludes with the 2.5 mile Military, Civic and Firemen's Parade on July 4th.  Volunteers help at events including a concert series at Independence Park, Fireworks, a Drum Corps Show, a Firefighters muster and a 4th of July Ball, the parade, spaghetti supper, pageant, soapbox derby, children’s day, and more.


Bristol Garden Club

Contact: Pamela Bishop, President, www.bristolgardenclub.com


Bristol Harbormaster

Contact:  Gregg Marsili, (401) 253-1700, gmarsili@bristolri.us


Bristol Historical & Preservation Society
48 Court Street, Bristol, RI 02809, www.bhpsri.org

Contact: 401-253-7223


Bristol Land Conservation Trust (BLCT)
P.O.  Box 413, Bristol, R.I. 0280

Contact:     Raymond P. Payson, (401) 253-0247, ray_payson@earthlink.net  and BristolLandTrust@gmail.com

The BLCT helps preserve open space in Bristol.  Volunteers can help with land acquisition, land stewardship, membership, fund-raising, and publicity as well as "hands on" work inspecting properties and annual clean-ups. The BLCT meets monthly on the first Thursday of every month at 7 PM in the south meeting room of the Bristol Statehouse (first floor) on High Street.


Bristol Senior Center & Benjamin Church Home
1020 Hope Street, Bristol, RI 02809, http://www.bristolsrctr.org

Contact: Maria Ursini, Executive Director, (401) 253-8458, Ursini@fullchannel.net

The Senior Center provides seniors with a safe, supportive and nurturing environment. Seniors can find out about resources, programs and services, and participate in activities. Dedicated volunteers give their time to serve meals and assist with programs. To become a volunteer, please pick up a form at the director’s office.


Bristol Train of Artillery
135 State Street, Bristol, RI 02809

Contact: 401-253-2928


Bristol Yacht Club

Contact: Chris Healey, steward@bristolyc.com


Coggeshall Farm Museum
1 Coggeshall Farm Road, Bristol, RI 02809, www.coggeshallfarm.org

Contact: Cindy Elder, Executive Director, (401) 253-9062, c.elder@coggeshallfarm.org

Coggeshall Farm Museum is a living history farm set on 48 acres in Bristol, Rhode Island. The museum depicts Bristol's agrarian life in the year 1799 through live interpretation, historic structures, and heirloom plants and animals. Needed: experienced gardeners with an interest in heirloom gardening, adults (18 or older) with knowledge of carpentry to assist in re-shingling and restoration of buildings using methods and tools of the 1790s, event volunteers and groups (age 14 or older) to assist in barn clean ups, haying and other projects.


East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP)

East Bay Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
100 Bullocks Point Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914

www.ebcap.org and www.eastbayRSVP.org

Contact: Vicky White, (401) 435-7876

East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP) is a social service agency that provides services to East Bay residents, such as heating and energy assistance, tax programs, food pantry/nutrition services, Head Start programs, youth and senior services, help for the homeless, disaster relief, foster grandparents, and more.  The East Bay Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is  for senior volunteers age 55+, who want to use their skills and talents via volunteering.  Senior volunteers choose how and where to serve, and select the amount of time they want to give.


East Bay Food Pantry & Thrift Shop
150 Franklin Street, Bristol, RI 02809, http://eastbayfoodpantry.org

Contact: Karen Griffith, (401) 396-9490, Karen@eastbayfoodpantry.org

The East Bay Food Pantry & Thrift Shop operate a food pantry and other food programs to the East Bay community, and a thrift shop.  Volunteers are needed in the food pantry and thrift shop as well a fundraising and special events.


East Bay Sailing Foundation

Contact: Peter Wisotzkey, programdirector@eastbaysailingfoundation.org


Herreshoff Marine Museum/America’s Cup Hall of Fame
One Burnside Street, Bristol, RI 02809-0450

Contact: Jess Collinge, (401) 253-5000 x226, j.collinge@herreshoff.org

The Herreshoff Marine Museum preserves, interprets and presents the history and legacy of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and Nathanael and John Brown Herreshoff, the brilliant and innovative brothers who built and ran it.  If you’re interested in classic yachts, Bristol history, the America’s Cup or you just like being around the water, you’re going to love this place.  Our volunteers help as museum guides, gardeners, boat maintenance, exhibits, museum store, docks and waterfront, collections care, facilities, and the Reliance Project (building a 1/6-scale model of America’s Cup winner Reliance.


Linden Place Museum
500 Hope Street, Bristol, RI 02809, www.lindenplace.org

Contact: Robin Tremblay, Office Mgr., (401) 253-0390, rtremblay@lindenplace.org

Linden Place is a Federal-style mansion built in 1810 by the seafaring DeWolf family operating as a museum giving tours.  Volunteers are needed as Tour Guides, Museum Store/Office Assistant, Buildings & Grounds (light repairs, gardening), special events (concerts, lectures, etc.) and collections cataloging/research.


500 Wood Street, Building 21, Unit 112, Box 844, Bristol, RI 02809

Contact:  Todd Thomas, (413) 441-7608
tinkerbristol@gmail.com or Andrea Rounds, (401) 556-7726, andrearounds@me.com

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Tinker|Bristol offers affordable access to shared space, expertise and rapid prototyping equipment.  Volunteers can donate equipment, contribute labor, set up operations, recruit members, develop instructional programming, become ambassadors, help with marketing, funding and database management.