The District of Columbia Department of Corrections (DC DOC) is taking a holistic approach to corrections by identifying the challenges voiced by the men and women in our care. The Department utilizes the DC DOC Volunteer Services office to establish collaborative relationships with the region's network of community-based service providers who support the provision of critical wraparound services to residents in DC DOC care. This vital support includes in-reach/intervention during incarceration as well as fostering partnerships to enhance the continuity of programming and services when returning to the community. To enhance communication with our community partners, the DC DOC established the Linking Institutions Neighborhoods and Community Services (LINCS) group to ensure that volunteer and community partners remain open to sharing information and ideas as well as providing feedback about issues impacting the work they do within the jail and within the communities in and around the District of Columbia.
The DC DOC staff and volunteers collaborate to offer a variety of religious services, wellness practices, reading and writing workshops, mentoring and case management support, life skills and job-readiness training, pre-natal and health education, parenting classes, fatherhood support, domestic violence counseling, housing and placement assistance, substance abuse counseling and intervention, art therapy, HIV/AIDS education, vocational training, job placement assistance and legal guidance.
To ensure that DC DOC volunteers have an effective engagement with our residents, the DOC Volunteer Services Coordinator is interfaces with volunteers to address their questions and concerns, conducts outreach to further expand services offered, and coordinates regularly scheduled forums to maintain open lines of communication.
Start Volunteering At DC DOC
The DC DOC is always looking for passionate and impactful volunteers to enhance the collection of programs and services offered to the men and women in our care. If you would like to volunteer or partner with DC DOC, you should contact Dr. Linda Greene, DC DOC Volunteer Services Coordinator at (202) 523-7077. Organizational requests should be submitted on official letterhead, and include an organizational profile and the specific service/program the organization proposes to provide. Letters of reference should be included for each participating member of the organization.
Individual requests should also be made to the Volunteer Services Coordinator and include a personal profile, the specific service or program the individual proposes to provide and two letters of reference. Please note that volunteer applicants are subject to criminal background checks and drug testing. More information on volunteer services can be found in Program Statement 1310.3H Volunteer Services Program [PDF].
Individual or members of a group/organization must meet the following minimal qualifications:
- Any citizen of good character, at least twenty-one (21) years of age, and who has the capability of making a worthwhile contribution to the mission, goals and objectives of DOC is eligible to apply to become a volunteer.
- Individuals who offer professional services shall provide a copy of their licensure, credentials and/or certificate status in the initial application to include imams, ministers, priests, rabbis, social workers, psychologists, etc.
- Volunteers are eligible to apply to function in any volunteer capacity for which they are professionally qualified.
- Groups/organizations seeking to place volunteers in DOC to earn experience, credit, or for philanthropic reasons, may be required to produce proof of liability insurance upon request by the DOC General Counsel.
Areas of Assistance
Those who volunteer and provide services to the inmate population, play a vital role in the jail’s day-to-day operations. Assistance/support is needed in a range of areas including:
- Pre-Release Rehabilitation Programming
- Re-entry Services
- Transitional Housing
- Life-skills Classes
- Vocational Training
- Conflict Resolution
Individuals interested in volunteering at the DC DOC should review and complete the following forms, including the Volunteer Application Checklist that provides an overview of the required documents and the application process. Should you have additional questions about applying to be a volunteer at the DC DOC, please contact Dr. Linda Greene, DC DOC Volunteer Services Coordinator, at (202) 523-7077.
- Requirements for District Government Employees
- D.C. Department of Corrections Volunteer Services Form
- New Volunteer Services Application
- Application for Employee ID Card
- Background Form for Volunteers and Contractors
- Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Standards Form