Over 1,500 volunteers serve as role models and critical links to resources that prepare offenders for successful entry into the community following completion of their court-ordered incarceration.
Volunteers supplement services and programs offered by Minnesota Department of Corrections' staff, supporting community reentry efforts and promoting institution safety. Volunteers assist the department in delivery of programs and services that help offenders become educated, self-sufficient, law-abiding citizens.
- Be 18 or older and not currently on an inmate's visiting list
- Complete a Volunteer Application and Offender Association Form
- Pass criminal history and offender visiting check
- Complete training/orientation (annual recertification)
- Abide by all Minnesota Department of Corrections' policies and procedures
Current volunteer opportunities include:
MnCoSA (Circles of Support & Accountability for sex offenders)
On Your Feet! (Circles of Support for military veterans)
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
CoSA Program Staff
Those interested in other volunteer opportunities should contact the volunteer coordinator at the facility where they would like to volunteer.
Facility Volunteer Coordinators
Oak Park Heights
Willow River/Moose Lake
Minimum-Security Facility Locations:
7525 Fourth Avenue
Lino Lakes, MN 55014
970 Pickett Street North
Bayport, MN 55003
1101 Linden Lane
Faribault, MN 55021
1079 Highway 292
Red Wing, MN 55082
Group meetings: Members of 12-step groups to lead regularly scheduled meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Crystal Methamphetamine Anonymous (CMA) groups in minimum-security units.
Community links: Representatives from community organizations are invited to speak to small offender groups to provide links to resources, programs and criteria for participation in those programs.