Each year citizen volunteers just like you, contribute thousands of service hours in Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) facilities. The involvement of volunteers is highly valued by the Department. It is an opportunity that provides an important public service and is also personally rewarding.
Volunteers help the Department to deliver programs and services. They bring a variety of skills and model successful leadership and citizenship. Volunteers can also help offenders become more productive, educated, self-sufficient, and law abiding citizens.
Areas of Need
The Department is always in need of volunteers, no matter what degree or skill level you may have. Here are just a few ways volunteers can serve:
Teaching/Facilitating GED, TABE or Vocational Classes
Facilitating Thinking for a Change (T4C) classes
Providing or Facilitating Betterment/Life Skills Assistance
Substance Use Assistance
Begin the Volunteer Process
To begin your volunteer experience, simply follow these steps:
Select a Facility: Choose a primary facility where you would like to volunteer. (This can be an institution and/or a Community Corrections office.)
Complete a Volunteer Application. A separate application will need to be completed for each member of your group.
Send the Application to Your Designated Primary Facility: Once completed, send the application to the facility you have chosen as your primary facility of service. For an institution, send it to the Assistant Warden of Programs (AWP); for Community Corrections, send it to the Circuit Administrator. You can find email/mailing addresses by looking at the prison facility or the probation office webpage(s).
For Prison facilities, put “Attention Assistant Warden of Programs” or “Attention AWP” in the email subject line.
**Do not submit Volunteer applications to Chaplaincy staff.
If you want to volunteer at more than one facility, you will only need to submit one application to the primary facility where you plan to volunteer.
Attend Volunteer Training: Once you have submitted an application, and have received confirmation of your background check at your facility of choice, you will need to attend Volunteer Training provided by the Florida Department of Corrections. Training will give you all the tools and information you need to serve as an FDC volunteer.
Once you have completed the above steps, you are ready to volunteer!
We, at the Department of Corrections, pledge to provide you with adequate training and the appropriate utilization of your time and talent.
For general questions or comments, please contact:
The Florida Department of Corrections is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Certain veterans and spouses of veterans receive preference in employment
by the state as provided by Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, and are encouraged to apply.