Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in helping to better our schools

Under Rhode Island Law, all school volunteers must undergo a State criminal background check annually.  Background checks expire one year from the issuance date.  To obtain a State criminal background check, all prospective volunteers must visit their City/Town Police Department and present a valid ID (RI Drivers' License or State issued identification).  Each City/Town has different policies, so it is strongly recommended that you check requirements online prior to visiting your local police department.  State criminal background checks may also be obtained through the Office of Attorney General, 150 South Main Street, Providence, RI.  You must present a valid ID; there is a $5.00 fee charged by the Office of Attorney General.  Please visit their website for further information:

Warwick residents may visit the Warwick Police Station, 99 Veterans' Memorial Drive (in Apponaug) Monday-Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and present a valid ID to obtain their state criminal background check free of charge.
For more information, please visit the  Warwick Police Department Website:

New Screener Training is held annually in October

Volunteers who are interested in participating in the October Child Outreach Developmental Screener training session must contact Dolores Hyle, VOWS' Child Outreach Project Director. They can call Dolores at 734-3230 or email her at dolores.hyle@warwickschools.org.  You must pre-register by September 30th to attend the October training.

Anti-Bullying and Conflict Resolution Program Volunteers

 The Heads Up Program runs annually in Warwick Public Schools' second grades between January and April.  Interested volunteers must register either through  the VOWS Coordinator at their local elementary school, or by contacting Claire Flaherty, Executive Director and Heads Up Program Manager.  You may call the VOWS office at 734-3230 or email claire.flaherty@warwickschools.org.  All Heads Up volunteers must register by November 15th to be included in the program.

Those who volunteer for this program make a commitment to: 

  • Attend three training sessions to learn the Heads Up curriculum.
  • Devote 1-1 ½ hours one day per week for ten weeks to present the Heads Up curriculum in the classroom.
  • Keep a weekly journal to report your experiences as a Heads Up presenter.
  • Collect program materials and student and teacher journals after completion of the program.
  • Attend an evaluation session at the conclusion of the program.
  • Please note, parents of second grade students may not volunteer in their own child’s school.  We do our best to place you at a different area school geographically close to your home.