Future Neighbors Volunteer
Do you want to help our future neighbors succeed? The Indiana Department of Correction is looking for volunteers at facilities throughout Indiana including right here in Indianapolis at the Indiana Women’s Prison. We have numerous opportunities to become involved, such as:
- Faith-based services
- The Last Mile coding program – seeking individuals from the tech industry
- Specialty hobbies – knitting, sewing, woodshop, etc.
- Specific groups – Toastmasters, The American Legion, AA/NA/GA
- Family – fatherhood and motherhood programming, child care training, etc.
- Arts – performing, visual, musical, etc.
We are always open to ideas for future programming. The schedule is flexible and so is the time commitment.
When current IDOC volunteers were asked what they would tell someone who was thinking about volunteering, these are some of their responses.
“DO IT!!!!! You don’t know the difference you will make in an offenders life. As a volunteer we give them hope. We show them that someone does care. We show them they are not alone. If you reach one offender it is so worth it.”
“When it comes down to it, most of the offenders are very thankful to have people come and spend their own time to help them out. Most of these people have family who have given up on them. Coming in shows you have not given up on them. That level of gratitude makes volunteering at a prison a very safe thing to do.”
“Give it one chance, it will change you for the better.”
“Come in as a guest and see for themselves if it’s right for them.”
Want to learn more? Email us at DOCoutreach@idoc.IN.gov
About the Indiana Department of Correction
Thousands of individuals are released from our facilities every year and become our neighbors. Our goal is to provide them with as many skills and resources as possible so they have a successful transition into the community. We want them to thrive in our neighborhoods and we rely on our volunteers to help us meet that goal. Whether it’s facilitating a program, planting in our gardens, or just being an ear to listen to – our volunteers make a HUGE impact!
As the largest agency in the State of Indiana, the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) employees more than 6,400 Hoosiers, supervises almost 10,000 parolees in communities across the state and is responsible for the safety and security of more than 28,000 adults and 450 juveniles inside our correctional facilities.
The IDOC currently operates 21 adult facilities, 3 juvenile facilities, and 10 parole districts. Even though the reach is far and wide, each part of the Department is committed to the main tenets of our mission: to increase public safety and reduce recidivism.