The vast majority of the individuals that are incarcerated will become our future neighbors. The IDOC relies on volunteers from the community to be that bridge between incarceration and release that welcomes them. It is through the investment from the community that they can become successful and productive citizens. We hope that you will join the 4,000+ current volunteers in making a difference in their lives.
Welcome to the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) Volunteer page. If you are a current volunteer, thank you for volunteering! If you are interested in learning more about community engagement opportunities with the IDOC, you have come to the right place. Volunteers serve a critical role in our correctional facilities from assisting with programming to mentoring and providing a number of faith-based services. Please read below to learn more about the requirements, opportunities, donation needs, and how you can help us serve our population.
Due to the very unique environment that a correctional facility presents, volunteers are carefully screened and provided training and guidance to make it the most productive and enjoyable experience as possible. Therefore, volunteers must adhere to the criteria below:
- At least 18 years of age;
- Not under Department supervision or the supervision of any other correctional system or program or on probation;
- Not immediate family member of an offender where personal contact cannot be avoided;
- Provision of references on request;
- Maturity and ability to handle volunteer responsibilities;
- Willingness to accept supervision and direction;
- Willingness to submit to a Tuberculosis screening;
- Willingness to provide an identified and approved service;
- Ability to meet attendance and performance requirements;
- Willingness to meet and complete all training requirements;
- Ability to complement the work of staff;
- Agreement to work without compensation;
- Ability to accept differences in people, namely culture, race, religion and values;
- Willingness to undergo a criminal history check (NCIC); and
- Subject to the approval of the Warden.
If you have been previously incarcerated and you are interested in volunteering, we encourage you to contact us so we can discuss your interests and your options. In every circumstance, the Warden at the facility makes the final decision for the approval of volunteers.
We have facilities throughout Indiana that are looking for volunteers to meet a variety of needs. Below are a few examples of the common roles where volunteers are vital. We encourage you to contact a specific facility for more detailed information about their current volunteer needs. You can also find specific volunteer needs on each facility website under the Volunteer tab.
- Individual and group mentoring
- Program facilitation
- Fatherhood programming
- Addiction-related programming (AA/NA)
- Faith-based services
- Re-Entry assistance (resumes, job interviews/search, etc.)
- Military Veteran programming
- Athletic team opportunities
- Creative Arts, music, drama, art classes
We are currently offering 2 internship positions in the Office of Community Engagement through the Governor's Public Service Summer Internship program for 2019. For more information check out our website. If you are interested in other internship opportunities throughout the state, email us here for more information.
IDOC facilities are always in need of various types of donations. Below are some examples of common donation needs. Please contact the Community Involvement Coordinator at a specific facility to learn about their specific donation needs. You can also find specific donation needs on each facility website under the Volunteer tab. Once you are ready to donate, you can download the form here and send it to the facility for approval.
- Books - educational, recreational, faith-based, etc.
- Release Clothing - clothing, shoes, accessories, for those being released
- Crafting Materials - fabrics, sewing/knitting/crocheting supplies, thread, yarn, etc.
- Woodworking Supplies - used to build items for donations
If you are interested in volunteering with the Indiana Department of Correction or if you are in the process of being approved to volunteer, please review the IDOC Volunteer Handbook. It contains valuable information to help you understand what is expected of our volunteers and to prepare you for volunteering in a correctional environment.
The IDOC Volunteer Packet below must be completed prior to New Volunteer Orientation. These forms are a part of the documentation required to become a volunteer with the Indiana Department of Correction. Once you have completed these forms, contact the facility where you would like to volunteer for submission instructions. These forms can also be provided to you if you do not have access to a printer.
- IDOC Volunteer Packet
- PREA Brochure (volunteer copy)
- Child Protection Services Worksheet (only volunteers at juvenile facilities)
Volunteer eLearning Training Modules
The following PDF modules are a part of the required training for all volunteers with the IDOC. Please review each one carefully. If you have any questions about any of the content, please contact the Community Involvement Coordinator at the facility where you would like to volunteer.
Please visit our FAQ section for more information related to volunteering with the Indiana Department of Correction. For additional information or to find out how you can help, please email our Community Engagement Office or contact the Community Involvement Coordinator at the facility where you would like to volunteer.