Volunteer Information

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Insight Garden Program facilitates an innovative curriculum combined with vocational gardening and landscaping training so that people in prison can reconnect to self, community, and the natural world. This “inner” and “outer” gardening approach transforms lives, ends ongoing cycles of incarceration, and creates safer communities. The adult mentor also provides a positive role model for the youth. For more information about the Insight Garden Program please visit their website. Feel free to view and distribute the IGP brochure.
  • H.O.P.E Mentoring - currently recruiting college students to mentor through the H.O.P.E Mentoring program. Visit their website for more information and to apply. Feel free to pass along their brochure to interested college students.
  • The Clean Lifestyle Is Freedom Forever (CLIFF) program at LJCF is an intensive substance abuse treatment program designed to provide male juveniles with the skills needed to lead productive, drug-free lifestyles. The unit provides these juveniles with a positive environment where they can learn social and cognitive skills to help them strive for success upon their return to the community.
  • The Purposeful Living Units Serve (PLUS) program at LJCF is a faith and character based program designed to transform the thinking patterns of the participants from a self-centered focus to a community and others centered focus. Through several different groups, both clinical and educational, the juveniles learn the importance of having a purpose bigger than the day-to-day self-centered mindset.
  • The Youth Transition Reentry Independent Unit, Y TRI, is designed to prepare students that will soon be returning to their communities with opportunities that will assist in the transition from restrictive placement to a community setting. These students will be taught life skills that will enable them to live as productive members of society and given the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to transition, reenter and independently make positive decisions while at the facility.
  • Seeking volunteers to teach/lead a Music Program, singing, learning to play musical instruments, etc. The students enjoy music and many have natural talent and would benefit from Music program.
  • Warriors for Christ led by Pastor Mike & Mrs. Michelle LaManna, WFC is a non-denominational prison ministry whose mission is to teach and preach to incarcerated youth so they are able to leave and not return to a life of crime and detention.
  • Kairos Torch - Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. (Kairos) is a lay-led, interdenominational Christian ministry in which men and women volunteers bring Christ's love and forgiveness to prisoners and their families. Kairos Torch team volunteers commit to a weekly mentoring process with the youthful offenders for six months after the Weekend, which includes:
  • Six months of weekly one-to-one mentoring
  • Discussion of self-esteem and anger Management
  • Short and long-term goal setting
  • Monthly group Reunions

Donation Needs

  • Religious reference books
  • Arts, crafts, materials, and supplies
  • Used greeting cards
  • Games and puzzles
  • Yarn and Loom knitting supplies

Community Involvement Coordinator

Shannon Hiles

Please contact the Community Involvement Coordinator if you are interesting in volunteering or making a donation. For general volunteer information, please visit the IDOC Volunteer page.