Your Guide to Volunteering in Providence

Below please find all the info you need to know in advance of our volunteer event on Thursday, September 14 and Friday, September 15. Have an immediate question? Call the events hotline at 800-985-8232.


Get to know PVD! Advance sign-up is required. 

If you've signed up you should have received an email with more details.  If not please call the events hotline.

Our opening reception, generously hosted by the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau from 6-7:30pm, invites volunteers to grab their registration materials, mingle with colleagues while having a drink, eating local food and hanging by Waterplace Park at the CVB offices (10 Memorial Blvd, Providence, RI - across from the Pizzeria UNOs at the Providence Place Mall). 

Please note: Transportation will not be provided to the opening reception. Tour by Deena will drop off directly at the reception location and those taking the boat tour will need to take a short 10 minute Uber or drive over. Other volunteers can make their way to the reception via uber/lyft/cab - or, if you are staying at the Renaissance, it is a 9 minute walk to the reception location.  Click here for walking directions. If you are staying at the Hilton Garden Inn, we suggest using their in-town shuttle or an uber/lyft/cab. 

Registration will be available on Thursday evening during the welcome reception at the PWCVB Offices (10 Memorial Blvd, Providence, RI) from 6pm - 7:30pm.

Can't make it? We really encourage it for networking purposes, but we understand busy schedules. If you can't be with us Thursday, please have a friend or colleague grab your stuff or come to the registration area at the Hilton Garden Inn (220 India St. Providence, RI) at 8am on Friday morning. 

// Thursday, September 14 - Arrivals //

Beginning at 4pm: Tours of Providence available (sign-up with Kati if you haven't done so already!)

 

6pm - 7:30pm: Welcome to PVD Opening Reception along the river, hosted by The Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau -  (10 Memorial Blvd Providence, RI) Join us to pick up your registration materials and enjoy food and drink with old and new friends!

>> PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO provided transportation to the opening reception venue from the hotels. It is a 9 minute walk from the Renaissance and a short lyft or uber ride from the Hilton Garden Inn.

Parking is available for free (for the first 2 hours) across the street at the Providence Place Mall in the garage on the Francis Street side, or in the garage at the PWCVB offices (10 Memorial Blvd. Providence, RI) for $14. 

What do I do after the reception? Providence is known for its amazing restaurants! Please take a look at PWCVB's website for recommendations. 

// Friday, September 15 - Workday! //

8am: Registration available at the Hilton Garden Inn (220 India St. Providence, RI) for those who did not register Thursday evening. 

8:15am: Transfers available from host hotels to worksites. 

8:30am: Volunteers arrive to their worksites. If you plan to drive, please meet at the following locations based on the color you've been assigned: 

Blue & Green Group - Burnside Park (2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence, RI - meet near Brandon's Beach playground)

Orange Group - Scialo Brothers Bakery (257 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI)

Red Group - India Point Park (220 India St, Providence, RI - meet in the park across from Hilton Garden Inn)

9am: Work begins!

2:45pm: Work begins to wrap. Volunteers transfer from their worksites to the closing thank you reception

3pm - 5:30pm: Let's celebrate! Closing thank you reception at Whiskey Republic (15 Bridge Street, Providence, RI) with food and drink!

Our work groups are indicated by colored bandana to help us get you to the correct work site in the morning. Your assignment is included in the body of the final document email you received the week before the event.  Project descriptions can be found here.

WORK SITE COLORS

India Point Park - Red 

220 India Street (meet in park across from Hilton Garden Inn)

Burnside Park - Blue

2 Kennedy Plaza (meet across from Biltmore Hotel adjacent to North Bakery)

Scialo Brothers Bakery Mural - Orange

257 Atwell's Ave

Riverwalk - Green

2 Kennedy Plaza (meet across from Biltmore Hotel adjacent to North Bakery to walk to river)

We organize our work groups based on a number of factors, so we kindly ask that you do not switch colors before the day begins!

 

Thursday Evening Reception: Transportation will be on your own!

The reception is a short (9 minute) walk from the Renaissance Hotel to the PWCVB offices. Click here for walking directions

The Hilton Garden Inn is a bit further from downtown, but still a short uber/lyft ride. Please plan accordingly. 

For those driving in, parking is available for $14 in the lot at 10 Memorial Blvd (look for the Fidelity Investments banner) or at the Providence Place Mall at the Francis Street garage (free for the first 2 hours).

Friday Morning - Work Day: 

If you are driving in, please plan to be at your worksite at 8:30am.

For those needing transfers from the host hotels, please be in the lobby at 8:15am

A mix of free and paid street parking is available at all work sites, and is the responsibility of the volunteers. Below please find a list of suggested public lots that are available near each worksite.

Blue & green groups:

Burnside Park - Blue

2 Kennedy Plaza (meet across from Biltmore Hotel - adjacent to North Bakery)

Riverwalk - Green

2 Kennedy Plaza (meet across from Biltmore Hotel - adjacent to North Bakery - to walk to river)

Union Station Parking Garage, 5 Memorial Blvd, Providence, RI

Orange group:

Scialo Brothers Bakery Mural

257 Atwell's Ave

Volunteers should park on the streets around Scialo Brothers - we will need space in the lot for our painting. We suggest street parking on Federal Street as the best option. Click here for directions. 

Red Group:

India Point Park  

220 India Street (meet in park across from Hilton Garden Inn)

A small lot and street parking is available around India Point Park. We would suggest parking closer to the Hilton Garden Inn (220 India Street Providence, RI) as our opening instruction will be across the street

 
 
 

The Thursday evening program is completely casual - please wear whatever you are comfortable in!

For Friday, please come wearing your provided Tourism Cares t-shirt and bring your colored bandana. In addition, the following dress is required:

  • Long pants
  • STURDY closed-toed shoes! It's function first and not fashion - sturdier sneakers/boots are highly encouraged
  • Your name badge
  • Please bring a hat in case of sunshine
  • Please bring your provided backpack to hold on to any belongings

On Thursday, we will be serving heavy hor d'oeuvres, beer and wine courtesy of The Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau and Visit Rhode Island. We encourage all volunteers to make dinner plans in one of the awesome Providence restaurants nearby.

On Friday, breakfast is on your own - so please plan accordingly! The restaurants in both host hotels open at 6:00am.

We will provide you with snacks, a boxed lunch and water throughout the day.

Our workday will conclude with a closing thank you reception (with BBQ, beer and wine) at Whiskey Republic (15 Bridge Street, Providence, RI).

A backpack will be provided to all the volunteers so that you may carry your belongings with you on the workday. There will not be a secure area to store any luggage or bags throughout the day, so we would suggest arranging to have your bags stored with the hotel.

Providence in September is usually - perfect. We suggest you pack layers for the early mornings and evenings.

What happens if it rains?

Don't you worry. Our work can be completed rain or shine and we will provide fashionable ponchos if needed.

We have travel industry professionals representing 64 different companies from 23 states! A copy of the attendee list can be found here.

Parks and projects in Providence depend on volunteer assistance - with a crew of four to maintain more than 113 parks, they would not be able to do it without you! All of these projects will make an impact and take many projects off their long to-do lists. Thank you for helping Providence! 

India Point Park

Volunteers will work on landscaping and beautification projects in India Point Park, a centerpiece in the history of Rhode Island. With more than 18 acres along the bay to maintain by small city crews and the Friends of India Point Park, they depend on volunteer assistance to keep the park pristine for the more than 75,000 visitors.

www.friendsofindiapointpark.com 

Burnside Park

Burnside Park was named for Ambrose Burnside, a general in the American Civil War from Rhode Island who also served as Governor - and - made sideburns famous! The park is central in the downtown area and is maintained by city crews. Volunteers will be helping to prepare for the fall season with a number of plantings, fence painting and the repair of brick walkways. 

www.provparksconservancy.org/

Scialo Brothers Bakery Mural

Located in the famous Federal Hill Neighborhood, Scialo's is the oldest bakery in Rhode Island, just last year celebrating its 100th anniversary. Still family owned, the bakery is in need of a makeover, so volunteers will work with a local artist to improve the mural located on the side of the building

www.scialobakery.com  |  www.quinncorey.com

Providence Riverwalk

Centrally located in the heart of the downtown, Providence's four-acre urban park surrounds a tidal basin and includes an amphitheater and connects downtown to the College Hill and historic East Side areas. Summer-long concert series, WaterFire, festivals, gondola rides are held along the river, attracting thousands of visitors a year. The Riverwalk is always improving, and the miles of fencing in need of repair. Volunteers will work with the Downtown Neighborhood Association on their continuing improvement project, spending the day painting the fencing and cleaning the shoreline.

www.facebook.com/dnapvd/

 

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