Volunteer Opportunities

The Department of Corrections is looking for people with the skills that inmates need to successfully re-enter society and a willingness to spend time teaching these skills. Faith and Citizen Programs is interested in proposals for both secular and religious programs. Volunteers are needed to teach computer, educational, life coping, parenting, and reading skills; as well as tutors and faith group volunteers.

Volunteer Process: 

Application to CDOC: Potential volunteers must make individual application by submitting form 900-1A (two pages). Each applicant will undergo a facility access check to explore criminal history. Volunteers will receive an Approval / Denial Letter when access check is complete. This letter will include instructions for approved volunteers to schedule themselves for the Basic Volunteer Training and will include a statewide training schedule.

Basic Volunteer Training (BVT 8 hours)

Only individuals who have been cleared through the application and facility access check process are allowed to attend training. Training will include: Introduction to CDOC, Professionalism, Offender Supervision, Games Offenders Play, Positive Professional Communication, Working with Sex Offenders and Female Offenders, and Hostage Survival. Upon successful completion of this training each volunteer will complete the Volunteer Agreement and Training Certification forms.   

Facility Orientation and Tour (up to 2 Hrs)

Facility Orientation Tours are required at each facility a volunteer plans to access. Following successful completion of the Basic Volunteer Training, each volunteer will contact the appropriate Facility Volunteer Coordinator to arrange the Facility Orientation Tour. Upon successful completion of this tour(s) each volunteer will complete the Orientation form to be held for Warden Approval.

Warden Approval

By statute each Warden / designee is responsible for approving all individuals entering the facility. The Warden's signature on the Orientation form satisfies this requirement and completes this process. Volunteer's Facility access is not established until the Warden's signature has been issued and the Faith and Citizen Programs office has processed the forms. Please Note: Approved Volunteers will be notified by mail, e-mail or phone call, by the Facility Volunteer Coordinator once all steps have been completed. Notification will include the program day/date and time of approved facility access. Welcome to the CDOC.

Access to the Facility

Volunteer May Now Access CDOC Facility (Per Volunteer Roster) Approved volunteers are not allowed unrestricted access. They may access only for their approved program(s) as scheduled by the Facility Volunteer Coordinator. Approved volunteers are allowed access by signing in and exchanging their photo ID for a Green Volunteer Badge.

Annual Update Application and Facility Access Check

Annual Update Application and facility access check are required. To remain an active CDOC Volunteer each individual is required to submit an Annual Update Application (form AR 900-1A, two page). An annual facility access check will be done and unless something new is revealed the volunteer remains active. You will NOT receive an approval letter for update application approval. Annual update applications are expected to be approved unless there is new criminal history that comes up during the facility access check. Applications can now be emailed to us: doc_volunteering@state.co.us

Update Volunteer Training- UVT (4 hrs)

Update Volunteer Training - UVT (4 hrs) Annually each volunteer is required to attend a four-hour refresher class to remain active. These classes are offered throughout the year at various locations around Colorado. See the current Volunteer Training Schedule for dates and locations.

Guest Access

Individuals who are potential volunteers or are affiliated with an approved special event must complete and submit a Guidelines for Guests form (AR 900-1J) and a Consent to Search form (AR 300-27C) to affected facilities for consideration.

Volunteer Training 

IN-PERSON VOLUNTEER TRAINING IS CURRENTLY CANCELED.
WE WILL UPDATE THIS POST AS INFORMATION CHANGES.


At this time, in order to best protect CDOC facilities, effective immediately the Department of Corrections will: Suspend all volunteer services at the facilities. CDOC will be looking at other recreation options to fill in gaps created by this temporary loss of volunteers. Learn more HERE

  
Online Update Volunteer Training classes are now available. We will not be offering basic volunteer training online. Basic Volunteer training will be available when we are able to resume in person classes. Current volunteers may attend UVT classes via Google Meet. Volunteers will need to sign up by sending an email to doc_volunteering@state.co.us or calling our main office number at 719-583-5975 so that we can send you an invitation to join the class via your email address. Please choose from the classes listed below. Thank you for all that you do.

 

UPDATE VOLUNTEER TRAINING CLASS LIST:

March 2021

Monday 03/22/2021 @ 9:00 AM  
Tuesday 03/30/2021 @ 6:00 PM  
Wednesday 03/31/2021 @ 3:00 PM

April 2021:

Thursday 04/08/2021 @ 6:00 PM  
Saturday 04/10/2021 @ 9:00 AM
Wednesday 04/14/2021 @ 3:00 PM 
Saturday 04/17/2021 @ 9:00 AM
Wednesday 04/21/2021 @ 3:00 PM  
Saturday 04/24/2021 @ 9:00 AM  
Thursday 04/29/2021 @ 6:00 PM