Volunteer Program

WRC relies on volunteer services to enhance the existing facility programs and services available to residents. Volunteers may assist in areas such as education, religious services, physical or mental health services, substance abuse services, and as ancillary support to staff. Anyone interested in volunteering may apply using the form available by calling 561-5027 or 561-5024.

Those who volunteer on a regular basis are typically involved in a specific program or course offered to residents. While some volunteers may be retired or active professionals, many take time from their active careers to provide services to prisoners.

Volunteer Eligibility Qualifications

  • Minimum age requirement of twenty one years,
    Valid government issued photo identification card,
    Is not presently an approved visitor for any prisoner(s) or waiting approval as a visitor,
  • Has not had visiting privilege or volunteer status either suspended or terminated at any correctional facility, unless an exception is approved in writing by the Chief Administrative Officer,
  • Is not a family member, friend or relative of a prisoner, unless an exception is approved in writing by the Chief Administrative Officer,
  • Is not a former prisoner of any correctional facility (including federal, military, state or county correctional facility), unless an exception is approved in writing by the Chief Administrative Officer,
  • Demonstrates the ability to relate to prisoners,
    Provides the necessary valid licensure or certification documentation as a prerequisite to providing professional services,
  • Completes the volunteer application and screening (e.g. criminal background check, reference verification, license or certification verification) required by the facility unless modified or waived by the Chief Administrative Officer, and
  • Does not pose a threat to the safety or security of the facility as determined by the facility Chief of Security or other supervisory staff designated by the Chief Administrative Officer.

Volunteer Orientation

Once a volunteer has been approved, an orientation training session lasting approximately four hours will be provided to include information and materials on the following:

  • The mission and background of the facility,
  • Introduction to unit management and direct supervision principles,
  • Physical layout of the facility and escort procedures,
  • Volunteer rules and regulations,
  • Security practices, including search procedures for volunteers,
  • Emergency procedures and codes,
  • MDOC policies and procedures on
  • Harassment and the Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action guidelines (volunteers will be expected to sign the forms acknowledging they have received this information),
  • MDOC policies and procedures concerning Code of Ethics, Standards of Conduct, Sexual Misconduct Against Prisoners, Smoking and Confidentiality of Records (volunteers will be expected to sign the forms acknowledging they have received this information), and
  • Responsibility to inform appropriate staff if the volunteer is aware of a potential prisoner suicide attempt, escape attempt and other potential emergencies or criminal activity.