Discover the Real Possibilities

Get involved, take a stand, meet new people, have some fun


Together we can make a difference. It only takes one person to help change your world. You have the power to use your skills to do good anywhere, anytime. And you can start here. AARP Rhode Island volunteers work at the State House, at events statewide and partner with groups in cities and town to promote Livable Communities in the Ocean State.

NEWS! Nominations are open for the 2018 Andrus Award for Community Service. Learn more…


Volunteer to Take a Walk for Someone You Love

AARP Rhode Island is pleased to sponsor the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at two locations in September and we’re looking for volunteers to join our team. You will be provided with an AARP red t-shirt and together the Red team will show support. This is a great opportunity to get outdoors, meet new people and work in your daily steps for a wonderful cause!

Sunday, September 16, 2018
Fort Adams State Park, Newport
2.5 miles
Meet at 9:15 a.m.  near registration within the Park. Parking is free. Register.

Sunday, September 30, 2018
Roger Williams Park, Providence
3.5 miles
Meet at 9:15 a.m. near the walk start line at the Temple of Music. Once inside the Park, follow signs to the Temple of Music. Parking is available in the lots or on the streets within the Park. Register.

RI VOTE: Save the Date, Get Involved

AARP Rhode Island is gearing up to ask the state’s 50+ population to pledge to vote in November. By now, you may have heard about Be the Difference. Vote. We’re asking members to join the effort to emphasize the importance of this year’s election. Volunteers will be popping up at events across the state, asking people to sign the Be the Difference. Vote pledge and to  show up at the polls.

Tactics will include writing letters to the editor and/or meeting with newspaper editorial boards, posting information on their social media networks, assisting in distributing voter guides that show candidate positions on issues important to 50+ Rhode Islanders, monitoring candidate positions on these issues and working with volunteers to collect Be the Difference. Vote. pledge cards at events statewide. Here is our message:

Government is broken. Politicians don’t seek common ground, arguing rather than creating results. But critical issues like Medicare, Social Security and prescription drug costs are all on the line. That’s why your voice matters. Let’s hold politicians accountable by voting this November.

You are invited learn how to be involved by joining other AARP advocacy volunteers at their September 18 meeting, which takes place at 10 a.m. at the AARP State Office, 10 Orms St., Providence, RI 02904. Parking is free. Register online now or call 877-926-8300.  



In May, AARP volunteers returned to Elmwood Avene in Providence where, in 2015, they joined other neighborhood activists in the planting of 99 junipers in neglected sidewalk containers.  Here is the full story, as published in the Providence Journal.

Alas, some of the original plants did not flourish. That is to say, they died. Thanks to many helping hands, the fatalities have been replaced by new, drought-resistant plants that will be regularly watered by volunteers and Elmwood Avenue business owners. Great job everybody!


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AARP volunteers have played a large role in our legislative success at the Rhode Island State House. As the General Assembly session winds down have we are still in pursuit of our ambitious goal to doubling our weekly presence. Those red shirts and jackets, and conversations with our well-prepared volunteers are hard for lawmakers to miss. Interested members who would like to join are team can contact AARP Rhode Island Advocacy Director John DiTomasso.



AARP Rhode Island offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities to match members’ interests and passions. It’s our goal to provide a meaningful and rewarding volunteer experience.

Volunteers play a critical role in AARP’s advocacy effort on behalf of Rhode Islanders age 50+.

— They represent AARP at the State House and and testify at hearings.

— They engage Rhode Islanders on national issues.

— They make phone calls, write letters to the editor.

— They help us at events by staffing our booths and tables, talking to people about important issues, collecting petition signatures and providing helpful information.

— They work in targeted towns and cities, helping our local partners develop more “Livable Communities.”


Get Started!

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the State House and work with us on national issues such as protecting Medicare and Social Security, contact John DiTomasso.

To join our team that represents AARP at events and works in communities, contact Darlene Reza Rossi.

Interested in helping out at the AARP State Office in Providence? Contact Rochelle Jennings.

Want to share your communications skills? Contact John Martin.



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