The Massachusetts Department of Correction offers many volunteer opportunities and the volunteers provide their services for a variety of different reasons and come from diverse backgrounds.
If you'd like to volunteer in the Massachusetts Department of Correction, please call Director Bill Milhomme at 508-422-3437.
Currently there are 1,476 certified, active permanent volunteers throughout the 18 correctional facilities. There are 768 male volunteers and 708 female volunteers representing 52% and 48% respectively. The largest racial/ethnic group is White (64.6%), followed by Hispanic (25%) and Black (9.1%).
There are 926 faith-based volunteers and 550 non faith-based volunteers. The largest group of faith-based volunteers providing religious services and programs identify themselves as Protestant, followed by Catholic, Christian Science, Buddhist, Quaker, Native American, Muslim, Jewish, and Wiccan.
The non faith-based volunteers are typically involved in the facilitation of life-skills and self-help programs, including Cognitive Skills, Alternatives to Violence, Emotional Awareness (Houses of Healing), Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Book Discussion, Toastmasters, Parenting, Creative Writing, GED Tutors, and the N.E.A.D.S. Puppy Program.
The majority of volunteers are being recruited through Internet websites such as the Massachusetts Service Alliance and the Massachusetts Teachers Retirement Board, as well as several volunteer online newsletters. Additionally, the Department has a volunteer electronic mail contact list with 1,080 subscribers.