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*The Result of COVID-19 all Volunteer Activities are Suspended until Further Notice.*

Volunteer Opportunities

  • We are actively recruiting volunteers to mentor students participating in The Last Mile. The Last Mile is a non-profit organization that was founded at San Quentin State Prison in 2010. It is a full-stack computer coding boot camp, the first of its kind, that operates inside US prisons. The core belief of The Last Mile is that having a job is the key to successful re-entry and breaking the cycle of incarceration. Therefore, the program provides computer coding training to prepare students for release into today’s high-tech environment. You can view the volunteer brochure here or watch the volunteer recruitment video here.
  • IWP is looking for volunteers skilled in sewing. During the day would be ideal but evenings are ok as well.
  • The Purposeful Living Units Serve (PLUS) program is a faith and character-based community that encourages offenders to choose alternatives to criminal thinking and behavior by providing a focus on spiritual and character development, life-skills training community service, and intentional preparation for living as law-abiding citizens. We are looking for volunteers to mentor participants and facilitate classes.
  • The Mosquito Nets program uses supplies donated from the community to fashion mosquito nets to send to communities around the world. These nets are essential to the fight against malaria. We are looking for individuals traveling overseas to deliver the mosquito nets.
  • Office assistance is needed for the Community Engagement Department during regular business hours to help with filing, organization, and managing special events.
  • Substance abuse volunteers for the following groups - AA, NA, and CA.

Donation Needs

  • Faith-based Services
    • Modern language and large print Bibles
    • Bible study books
    • Small Bible commentary books
  • Community Outreach
    • Fabrics of all kinds
    • Thread, batting and stuffing for quilts
    • All crafting items, specifically velcro and cotton
    • Journals without spiral binding
    • Hygiene items - sample size shampoo, tampons/pads
  • Wee Ones Nursery
    • Size 18-24 month boys winter clothing
    • Bottles
    • Formula (Gerber Soothe formula)
    • Diapers (Size 6)

Community Engagement Coordinator

Lyndsey Lane

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