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Volunteer Opportunities

It's estimated that 97% of the individuals incarcerated in a TDOC facility will eventually be released back into the community. For that reason, it is crucial that the department and the community work hand in hand to help those incarcerated work toward becoming better citizens. Volunteers are our greatest outside resources in accomplishing this goal.

The "Volunteer State" is a good name for a state with approximately 5,000 volunteers currently offering their services to the Tennessee Department of Correction. While this is good, we want volunteer services to be great by partnering with the community (faith-based groups, non-profits, civic organizations, and dedicated citizens) to serve as mentors, tutors, and facilitators of evidence-based programs that we know work.

Strategically placed volunteers are needed at each TDOC facility. There are countless ways to get involved both inside and outside the facilities. The Tennessee Department of Correction offers numerous programs related to basic literacy, job training, family counseling, and religious activities.

By volunteering, you are helping to make a difference in an inmate's life, their family, and the community.

If you are ready to sign up, the next step is to complete a volunteer application.  By using the secure link provided below, you will be able to submit your application.  Carefully complete the ENTIRE application. Remember that references will be contacted and a criminal background check will be required.  Once your information has been submitted, you will be contacted by institutional staff.

If you have any questions, please contact the chaplain/volunteer coordinator in the prison(s) where you would like to volunteer.

Volunteer Services Application