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Volunteer Opportunities

The Minnesota Department of Corrections is proud to partner with over 1,500 community volunteers in the provision of cultural, educational, religious, self-help, and transitional programming. Volunteers serve as role models and mentors, and are a vital link between incarcerated people and the communities they’ll be returning to.

Volunteer Criteria

  • Be 18 or older to volunteer with adults. Be 21 or older to volunteer with juveniles.
  • Complete a Volunteer Application and Offender Association Form.
  • Pass criminal history and inmate visiting check (volunteers cannot be on the visiting list of any inmate.)
  • Complete orientation training (annual re-certification)
  • Abide by all Minnesota Department of Corrections' policies and procedures
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the facility you’d like to volunteer at (listed below). A staff person will respond with which openings are currently available, if any, and will guide you through the application and approval process if your interest matches the facility’s need.

To volunteer with adult males:


Lino Lakes

Oak Park Heights

Rush City

St. Cloud



Willow River/Moose Lake

To volunteer with adult females:


To volunteer with juvenile males:

Red Wing

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