Community Presentation

Recruitment At A Glance

 

Therapeutic Art Program
Location: Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, Jessup MD
Duties: Up to three volunteers are needed to offer Expressive Art Therapy to interested artistic offenders. Expressive arts are valuable healing tools and the various modalities (Art, Dance, Music, Poetry and Drama) possess unique properties which lead to its healing abilities. Goals for the Art program are to instill self-expression, development of insight and self-awareness, group cohesiveness and to provide both structure and the environment for change to occur. Positions require a commitment of one to two hours twice a month.

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Narcotics Anonymous
Location: Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, Jessup MD
Duties: Up to five volunteers are needed to offer an NA support group. The position requires 1 to 1 ˝ hours weekly.

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Alternatives to Violence Workshop Facilitators
Location:  Statewide (Hagerstown, Jessup, Eastern Shore)
Duties: Volunteers are needed in the following facilities - MCIH, RCI and MCTC in Hagerstown, JCI (fluent in Spanish), MCIJ, MCIW and PATX in Jessup and ECI (T, W, Th) in Westover.  DPSCS participants in AVP engage in experiential workshops exploring how to manage situations that can lead to aggressive behavior and violence.  Targeted areas for improvement are communication skills, fostering respect for oneself and others, problem solving and conflict resolution. (www.avpmd.org). Workshops are usually conducted on weekends and require a three day commitment.  Candidates must complete a screening for AVP, then DPSCS.  Interested individuals may contact Nancy Hutchins, AVP Mid-Atlantic Representative at nhutchins471@comcast.net for more information.

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Basic Start Your Own Business Instructor
Location: Roxbury Correctional Institution, Hagerstown MD
Duties: One to three volunteers needed to teach inmates the basic knowledge necessary to start a business. Topics include how to obtain funding and money and time management. Internet sales experience is a plus.  Candidates must complete screening, orientation and training and pass criminal background check.  Classes are held one evening per week from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. The day is negotiable.

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CDL Written Test Instructor
Location: Roxbury Correctional Institution, Hagerstown MD
Duties: Teach inmates the basic knowledge necessary to pass the written portion of the CDL test. Work with incarcerated men who are interested in obtaining a CDL license to gain employment upon release. Candidate must complete screening, orientation and training and pass criminal background check. Classes are held one evening per week from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. The day is negotiable.

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Male Mentors
Location: Jessup and Hagerstown
Duties:  Make a difference in the life of a male offender by supporting transitional efforts:  faith-based cognitive programming, training male mentors or serving as a positive role model with Exodus Program.  Share up to three hours per month during incarceration by visiting and writing him at one of the facilities: in Hagerstown or Jessup, Maryland. After release, assist him with transitioning back to the community.

For further information in Hagerstown, contact Chaplain Jerold Banks at jlbanks@dpscs.state.md.us  and in Jessup, contact Chaplain Charles Law at claw@dpscs.state.md.us.

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Veteran Re-Entry Associates
Location: Statewide program, Pilot Central Region (Greater Baltimore Area)
Duties: Make a difference in the life of a Veteran incarcerated in a DPSCS facility. Meet your mentee and then mentor him or her for 12 months post release and support successful community reintegration. Screening, training and support provided by the Maryland Department of Veteran Affairs. For more information, contact Dana Hendrickson at 410-260-3842 or dana.hendrickson@maryland.gov.

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Female Mentors
Location: Jessup
Duties: Make a difference in the life of a female offender by serving as a positive role model with The Christian Mentoring and Transition Program (CMAT). Share three hours per month during incarceration by visiting and writing her at the women’s prison in Jessup, Maryland. After release, assist her transition to freedom. For more information, contact Reverend Lettie Carr at LCarr@dpscs.state.md.us

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Second Chance Farms
Location: Sykesville, MD
Duties: Provide assistance to Second Chances Farm, a safe haven for retired/rescued thoroughbred race horses. Currently, there are four horses and the Elite Grooming Program is supported by the Central Maryland Correctional Facility. Funding of the program is provided by the generosity of donations to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF). Current opportunities include Large animal veterinarians, Farriers, Horse enthusiasts, Groomers, and Trainers. For further information, contact 410-878-4201

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Girl Scouts Beyond Bars
Location: Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, Jessup MD
Duties: This nationally acclaimed program allows girls to share time with their incarcerated mothers twice a month during Girl Scout troop meetings held at the prison. This is a partnership between DPSCS and Girl Scouts of Greater Chesapeake. Candidates must complete screenings for both groups and pass a  background check. A variety of volunteer positions are available: 1)  Troop leader and co-troop leader on the 1st and 3rd  Saturday of every month 10:45am-1:30pm (4 volunteers needed)  2)  Life skills trainers one Saturday morning per month. (2 volunteers needed)  3)  Survey Administrators four times a year and 4)  Back up Bus Drive and Bus Monitor  as needed (approx. 2-4 times a year).  For further information contact  Valerie Montague at   vmontague@gscm.org and   410.358.9711 ext. 213 or  Domonique Jenkins at  djenkins@gscm.org and 410-358-9711 ext. 242

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Toastmasters
Location: Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, Jessup MD
Duties: Volunteers needed who are available weekly for 90 minutes to start a gavel club or chapter.  The volunteers must be members of Toastmasters International and have a desire to work with a female population.  The chapter meeting may take place on the weekend or an evening during the work week.  Volunteers must complete a screening including a background check.

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Sight-impaired Inmates Volunteer
Location: Roxbury Correctional Institution, Hagerstown MD
Duties: Teach sight-impaired incarcerated men to build life skills (including braille) necessary to function more efficiently in prison and when released. Must be able to pass a criminal background check, verifiable experience working with sight-impaired individuals required. Day and time is flexible. For further information contact 240-420-3311.

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Switchboard Operator
Location: Roxbury Correctional Institution, Hagerstown MD
Duties: Position is located in the entrance area and will include answering phones (switchboard), opening security door, and sorting and logging mail. The mail room supervisor is located in the same general area. Candidate must pass criminal background check and may have inmate contact, although none are located or have access to the assigned work area. A minimum of 20 hours per week, preferable in the morning is required, up to 40 hours per week is available. A free meal (lunch) is available daily.

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Yoga Instructor
Location: Maryland Correctional Training Institute, Hagerstown MD
Duties: Discover how yoga benefits our Offenders – come and teach them!  Instructor needed to conduct a program with 10 -12 offenders.  Day and time is flexible and we will work with your schedule for arranging the class. For further information contact 240-420-1517.

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Skilled Trade Volunteers – Public Safety Works
Location: Statewide
Duties: Experienced trades people are needed to teach skills such as masonry, carpentry, etc. to inmates in prerelease units under the direction of the Public Safety Works (PSW) Director. The time commitment varies based on the project. PSW is a restorative justice program of the Department that provides employment skills as well as an opportunity for offenders to give back to the community they have harmed – a powerful and significant tool of rehabilitation.

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Masonry Volunteer – Public Safety Works Special Project
Location: Baltimore, MD
Duties: Skilled retired or currently active mason with the ability to oversee the removal, cleaning and replacement of the top layer of stone on a decorative walkway wall and pointing on the sides where necessary at the Maryland Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Baltimore. The project may take a few weeks to complete and will be performed by low security vocationally trained and certified inmate masons who could benefit from the experience and expertise of the volunteer. The project is part of Public Safety Works, a restorative justice program of the Department that provides employment skills as well as an opportunity for offenders to give back to the community they have harmed – a powerful and significant tool of rehabilitation.

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Masonry Volunteer – Public Safety Works Special Project
Location: Wye Mills, MD
Duties: Skilled retired or currently active mason with the ability to oversee the block and brick construction of small gateways signs at Chesapeake College near Wye Mill on the eastern shore.  Construction should take two to three days and will be performed by low security, vocationally trained and certified inmate masons who would benefit from the experience and expertise of the volunteer.  The project is part of Public Safety Works, a restorative justice program of the Department that provides employment skills as well as an opportunity for offenders to give back to the community they have harmed – a powerful and significant tool of rehabilitation.

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Contact Us

DPSCS Volunteer Programs
410-339-5000
300 E. Joppa Road
Suite 1000
Towson, MD 21286

volunteerinfo@dpscs.state.md.us

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteering is based on your individual skills and interests; however there are a few things all DPSCS volunteers have in common

  • Must be at least 18 years old (21 in facilities)
  • Must not be under current criminal supervision
  • MUST have an interest in making a difference in Maryland’s Public Safety!