SAC Volunteer Initiatives

Volunteers Needed to Help Amos House

Amos House is a nonprofit social services agency that provides hospitality and direct services to the homeless and poor of Rhode Island. In 1976, founder Sister Eileen Murphy started a small soup kitchen to provide dinner to several dozen homeless men; today, Amos house serves free breakfast and lunch to as many as 800 people, nearly every day.Volunteer opportunity is for Saturday, June 16, 2012, from 9:00 - 1:00pm. Five people are needed to help prepare lunch, serve meals in the buffet line, and light clean up. Please wear closed-toed shoes and a baseball cap.To register for this volunteer oppertunity, go to;  for more about Amos House, click here.

Volunteers needed for the Hasbro Children's Hospital Battleship Ball!

Come help Hasbro Children's Hospital by volunteering at their Gala event!


Where: Rhode Island Convention Center

Time: March 3, 3:30pm- 12pm Midnight (Dinner will be served)

Attire: Black Tie Event (Tuxedo, Dark Suit, Cocktail Dress)

Parking: Complimentary Parking will be available at the Convention Center garage. Voucher will be available at volunteer check-in

Volunteers needed: 10


Proceeds from this year's Gala will help support a variety of critical programs at the hospital.  Hasbro Children’s Hospital is a special, vital place where children and families come seeking top quality health care during the most difficult times of life when a child is ill or injured.  Every day skilled physicians, nurses and staff ease the suffering of the sick.  Parents and family members express their gratitude often, even in the worst of times when a child is lost to illness or injury.  Hasbro Children’s Hospital is home to a myriad of emotions from great joy to immeasurable grief.  Because of your help, Hasbro Children’s Hospital will be here when a child and their family needs our care.


Musical Special Guest will be the B-52s!


To view pictures of this wonderful event, please click here!



Girls on the Run - DASH!


Girls on the runGirls on the Run is an organization that is in the process of coming to Rhode Island. The program is a positive youth development program which combines an interactive curriculum and running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls. The purpose of this event is to raise visibility, support, funds for national training costs membership, and licensing fees. Families, strollers, pets, and friends are welcome.

Volunteer Opportunity:

Girls on the Run’s 1st Event: 1.6 Mile Dash

Where: South end of Blackstone Blvd (Intersection of Irving and Blackstone)

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2011

Time: 8:00am – 10:00am. Volunteers must arrive no later than 8 a.m.

           Registration for runners/walkers begins at 8:30am**

           Dash begins at 9am

Attire: Please wear a pink or green

Volunteers Needed: 10 volunteers / but all are welcome to come support the event

Contact Person: Chrissy Sarkady

SAC volunteers will be spread out across the Boulevard as spirit crossing guards. Volunteers will be responsible for looking out for “dashers” as they come to the intersection while holding balloons and cheering. After the “dashers” pass your intersection you can make your way down to join at the next intersection. Event will end at Lippitt Park, where the first-of-the-season Hope Street Farmer’s Market will be happening. 

If you would like to run and help raise money, please visit their facebook page on the event.  




Pet Walk 2011/Providence Animal Rescue League

Hundreds of Rhode Islanders and their pets will come together for our 23rd annual signature event, Pet Walk.  There will be family fun activities, including pet games and contests, acitivites for kids, and fabulous prizes.  Now in its 23rd year, Pet Walk has been THE pet event to attend.  Your participation will make a tremendous impact on the lives of so many pets that depend on us for our kindness, care, and a chance for a new life.  Proceeds from Pet Walk support adoption and sheltering services to thousands of animals per year as well as low cost spay/neuter assistance, and emergency pet food distribution.

Click on the picture to check out PARL's event website!

We need 10 volunteers for 2 shifts: 7:30-11am & 11:00-3:00pm.

Duties are: 
AM shift - Signage setup along walking route and setting up water stations
PM shift - Manning water stations and breakdowns.





June 16 - June 30

Book Drive, Dorcas Place Adult Family Learning Center and Books are Wings

Dorcas PlaceDorcas Place

The Dorcas Place Adult Family Learning Center is an organization that provides support to low-income families in the Providence community via educational services that focus on adult and child literacy, as well as employment and community advocacy.

Books are Wings focuses on the distribution of “gently used” books to children throughout the state of Rhode Island. This organization collects books for students of all ages.

These are some examples of the types of books requested by these organizations; however, please feel free to donate any books that you may have that will be beneficial to this effort.

  1. Dictionaries and other reference books
  2. Basic math books
  3. Poetry books
  4. Grammar books
  5. Telephone books
  6. Biographies
  7. Basic science books
  8. Picture books
  9. Mysteries
  10. Childrens’ books and easy readers…

You can drop off donations at collection points:

Brown Office Building (BOB) -2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors, Horace Mann- first floor (Graduate School), BioMed Center Entrance, GeoChem Building, Rm. 257, Barus Hall Student Lounge (Rm. 104) and the Ivy Room. Thanks for your generosity and support of these vital Rhode Island community organizations.





Saturday, June 26, 2010

Habitat for HumanityHabitat for Humanity


Habitat for Humanity, 301 Swan Street


Habitat Providence builds decent, affordable houses for and with low-income families who currently live in substandard housing. The families that will be living in the house work side by side with the volunteers on Habitat sites. Habitat’s practice of building with volunteers is not just pragmatic: it also arises from the conviction that a community should be built by its citizens, and it raises the consciousness of the community about the crucial importance of affordable housing. The plan is to work on framing that day however, there will be many different jobs that people can do- those who sign up are not expected to have the skills of a carpenter. Assistance is also needed in the areas of carrying, fetching, sweeping picking up nails and other odd jobs. Please pack a lunch. Water will be provided on site.




Completed Events:

Our 2nd Quarter 2010 projects were all part of our "Brown gives 30 days of service" charge from June 3 to July 2, 2010..


Ground Work Providence


Habitat for Humanity


Sojourner House


Magaziner Farm


Cell Phone Drive




Our 1st Quarter 2010 projects - Habitat for Humanity and Bag It Food Drive had 26 participants giving 120 hours of community service.


Habitat for Humanity Build

Our 10 volunteers worked on various aspects of building a new home.


Bag it!, Brown Food Drive


SAC held a spring food drive to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. The Brown Community collected non-perishable food for our neighbors in need.






Toys for Tots:

Brown Staff members and their families helped the JAYCEES assemble and distribute boxes for toys, games and appropriate gifts from toddlers to teenagers as part of the Toys for Tots annual event.

30 Days of Service

September 12 - October 11, 2009

Brown Staff Members and their families contributed over 200 Hours of Service as part of the inaugural 30 Days of Service initiative. Thanks to everyone who participated! click here to View some photos of our 30 Days of Service activities and/or read some testimonials below!

RI Community Food Bank (On Campus Food Drive)

Some great news...The food drive generated enough donations for the food bank to distribute 3300 healthy meals!

Hasbro Children's Hospital Walk-a-thon

“I had a blast…never knew I could get such a workout handing out T-shirts…we should all get tiaras!”

Magaziner Farm; Franklin Farm; St. John Vianney Church Farm - Farm Chores

We'd like to personally thank you...The Community Farm program is successful because of individuals like you, who selflessly give their time and energy to help our mission of providing food to Rhode Islanders in need. - RI Community Food Bank


School One - Fence Painting

By the time everyone left School One in Providence, a 200 foot stockade fence had a coat of weatherproofing, the support poles for a chain link fence had a new coat of rust-proof paint, and the dark room was pitch black!! Thank you for your efforts! - Doreen Burgers

I came in this morning to the sun sparkling on our fences and a (relatively) non-smelly dark room. You've given us all a major lift and we really appreciate your dedication to the community. Please feel free to come by the school at any time when school is in session to meet the students and staff who benefit from your work. I hope our paths cross again soon!