All volunteer opportunities will be conducted remotely until further notice. Please, see below to see what if any technology is required for the different volunteer opportunities.
Zoom or Google Hangouts, stable internet, webcam, and mic required.
Volunteers will be paired with a grade-school-aged child to assist them with their studies. Many of our children would benefit from additional educational assistance, especially during this time where they are not receiving face-to-face instruction with their teachers. We ask that you meet with the child at least twice a week for an hour at a time for a period of one school semester. You will be paired based on your abilities and preference of tutoring age and area of study. All tutoring will be conducted virtually.
No technology needed for physical cards. Canva, Photoshop, or other digital design programs needed for digital cards.
Volunteers will create birthday cards for our children and caregivers.
Volunteers will be asked to create birthday cards that can fit in a regular-sized envelope and mail them to us. We will then mail them out to the families on their birthdays. The volunteer is asked to cover the cost of materials for creating the birthday cards and mailing them in a single package to us.
Volunteers will be asked to design a number of birthday cards in a size that could be texted to the children and caregivers. We will send them to the families on their birthdays.
Suspended Volunteer Opportunities due to COVID-19
Volunteers will assist staff at the program site. Tasks will include processing requests for information/volunteer applications/other documents, developing volunteer opportunities and matching individuals with volunteer assignments, supporting our receptionist by answering telephones, filing, or light typing, and sending thank you cards to our volunteers/donors. (Time commitment: 2-6 hours)
FVP (Family Visitation Program)
Every 2nd Saturday (minus the “J” months), 5:30am-6:30pm
FVP provides children with the opportunity to visit their parents on a consistent basis, thereby strengthening family bonds. This aids in increasing the children’s self-esteem and improving the likelihood that the children will become successful adults.
Volunteer chaperones commit to a 13-hour day, which includes interacting with the kids on the bus, facilitating activities for parents to do with their children, serving lunch inside the prison, and surrounding kids with love.
Volunteers can also help prepare food and activities the Friday before the trip or help with the monthly birthday party after the trip.
There are multiple opportunities to volunteer for our FVP Program!
Trip Prep Volunteers
Volunteers will assist the staff, in the weeks prior to the prison visits. This will include gathering activities and items for the children’s shoebox lunches. (Time commitment: 2-4 hours)
Volunteers will assist the staff, the morning of, in preparation for the prison visits. This will include arriving at 5:00am to set up breakfast for the children before visitation, assisting with the Traveler’s Club (passing out trip supplies such as kindles, pillows, and blankets), and interacting with the kids to ensure they are comfortable prior to departure. (Time commitment: 3-4 hours)
Prison Trip Volunteers
Volunteers will assist the staff on prison trips. Volunteers will chaperone the children during the prison visits. (Time commitment: 13 hours)