• Volunteers Needed!


    The Providence School Board welcomes and encourages the valuable contributions made to the Providence Public School District (PPSD or District) through the volunteer assistance and engagement of family and community members in District schools. The Board believes that the support and involvement of Providence families and community members is vital to our students’ success. The Board further believes that increasing volunteer opportunities and other types of school-based engagement and clarifying the volunteer engagement process will encourage more individuals to become involved with the District. Click here to view the PPSD volunteer policy.

  • 3 step process to become a volunteer


    Step 1: 

    • Request a Volunteer Application Packet at the school of your choice, must renew annually
    • Complete the Application packet in full with Principal signature
    • Attend a Volunteer Orientation Session – every 3 years


    Step 2: 

    • Volunteer applicants must obtain a BCI background check at the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office located at 4 Howard Avenue in Cranston. Request a BCI in person paying $5 by check or money order (payable to BCI) or credit card. You must provide a valid photo ID. Hours of operation Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm
    • FACE staff can assist applicants unable to go in person to obtain their BCI


    Step 3: 

    • Return your Application packet to the school or FACE Office. 
    • The packet must include original BCI- background check, copy of a valid photo ID (current drivers’ license, state-issued photo ID or passport). The Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Office will process and notify the applicant and the school.
    • Applicants have the right to appeal or dispute inaccurate information and or disqualifying offenses or findings.

Volunteer Orientation Sessions

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  • Volunteer applicants are entittled to appeal a decision:

    Any volunteer against whom disqualifying information has been found may request that a copy of the Criminal Background Report be sent to the Director of Family & Community Engagement. A decision shall be made in writing regarding whether the individual may volunteer and whether limits on time and scope of volunteer services are appropriate. In approving volunteers with Disqualifying Information, the District shall consider the nature of the offense, the time that has elapsed since the disqualifying event, the applicant’s more recent conduct, and other factors that it considers relevant. This decision may be appealed to the Superintendent.



    To request additional information please contact:

    The Office of Family and Community Engagement at (401) 456-0686 or face@ppsd.org.