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Volunteering at the Department of Corrections

The Department of Corrections has many opportunities for volunteers located throughout Washington, to help the agency as well as thousands of offenders confined in facilities or on supervision. Download the volunteer guidebook for more information.

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was signed into federal law September of 2003. DOC designed and implemented training for staff, contractors, volunteers, and offenders about PREA. The PREA pamphlet for volunteers provides information for volunteers on the PREA act and volunteer responsibilities.

Apply Now to Volunteer

  1. Fill out the Volunteer Application form 03-440 using Adobe Acrobat Reader
    Mac Users: Forms filled out using Mac OS X Preview will not be accepted.
  2. Fill out the Criminal Disclosure form 03-031
  3. Fill out the Criminal History Records check form 05-370
  4. Fill out two Reference for State Service Volunteer form 03-453
  5. Email the completed forms, or
  6. Mail your printed forms to:
    DOC Volunteer Applications
    to the facility that you would like to volunteer at.

Volunteer Program

Opportunities for volunteers to collaborate with the Department abound, whether providing educational tutoring, social services support, religious programming, or reciprocal community stakeholder involvement on boards, steering committees and advocacy councils. Alternatively, the Department actively seeks community collaborations such as grant projects, staff and volunteer memberships on boards and councils, serving as proactive partners with law enforcement agencies, involved with offender change programs, advising on management teams and helping with transitional programs. Many opportunities are yet to be defined and developed, and will be accomplished only by recognizing the Department's and the community’s mutual interests.

Opportunities to Help Offenders in Prison

  • Education
  • Religion
  • Health services and recreation
  • Preparing offenders to re–enter the community
  • Chemical dependency
  • Cultural and ethnic issues
  • Professional services
  • General assistance

Opportunities to Help Offenders in the Community

  • Education
  • Offender Programs
  • Officer Assistance
  • Support Assistance
  • Records Assistance
  • Mentoring
  • Reentry Activities

Volunteer Qualifications and Restrictions

Applicants must be 18 years or older.

Applicants must have photo identification.

Applicants must provide services DOC needs in accordance with the department’s guidelines.

Applicants must have a valid driver’s license if duties include driving while on state business. Volunteers must have permission to use state vehicles

Volunteers and interns may not be a member of the immediate family or friend of offenders at the facilities at which they seek to serve.

Volunteers may not be under the supervision of any local, county, state or federal corrections agency or under indictment for any felony.

Criminal History Records checks form DOC 05–370 are required on all volunteer applications. Volunteer positions and duties may be restricted for individuals with a past criminal history.