Rhode Island Resource Directory

A Guide to Services Associated with RI 2-1-1

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island

1540 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920

(401) 921-2434



Big Bothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State (BBBSOS) was founded in 1967 as Big Sisters of Rhode Island with the purpose of providing mentors to girls facing adversity. Today, BBBSOS serves both boys and girls, in multiple, specialized mentoring programs throughout Rhode Island, and operates a successful Donation Center which funds these programs. To volunteer as a mentor you must be: At least 19 years old, Open minded and non-judgmental, Open to diversity, Willing to commit to a minimum of one year to the program (or three semesters if college student), Able to spend three or four hours each week or every other week with a child, Able to establish and maintain a one-to-one relationship with a child, Able to access an insured car or willing to take public transportation.

Programs Include:
Traditional Program - The Traditional Mentoring Program matches at-risk girls and boys between the ages of 7 and 15, in long-term, one-to-one relationships with adult female and male volunteer mentors.
�Big Mentor League� Program - This is a special program provided by Big Sisters of Rhode Island, in partnership with the Urban League of Rhode Island and Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership working with girls & boys who have a parent currently incarcerated. The girls/boys range in age from 4 to 18 years old and are from all over Rhode Island.
Hermana(o) a Hermana(o) - BBBSOS matches Latina girls/Latino boys with mentors. The girls/boys are considered to be at-risk for academic failure or delinquency or lacking a strong role model.
School-Based Mentoring - This program provides mentorship to both girls and boys after class at their school. This program provides a structured environment to assist in academic success.
Donation Center - The BSRI Donation Center provides a sustained source of revenue for the vital social service activities of the agency by collecting donations of gently used clothing, household items, small appliances, books and toys (also accepts TV's, computers, and other large electronics for a $10 processing fee) through a combination of scheduled home pick-ups, on-site clothing drop-offs, and targeted community clothing drives.

Primary Services:

  • Adult/Child Mentoring Programs  [Show Definition Details]

  • Volunteer Opportunities  [Show Definition Details]

General Information


Office Hours:Mon-Sat 9:00AM-6:00PM
Donations: Mon-Sat 9:00AM-6:00PM
Sun 10:00AM-4:00PM

Intake Process:

Call First for Mentoring

Program Fees:





Be between the ages of 7 and 15
Reside in Rhode Island
Want to have a mentor and participate in the program
Be available to meet with a mentor two times per month for at least 18 months
Have a parent/guardian willing and capable of supporting the match relationship

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