Volunteer Opportunities

The Department of Correction Volunteer Services Unit operates under the umbrella of the Department's Programs and Community Partnerships. The unit relies on an array of volunteers to provide a variety of activities, programs, and services to the people in custody. These community-based organizations, groups, and individuals share a commitment to promote activities that contribute to the reduction of recidivism. Volunteer opportunities will be based on the current needs of the agency. Currently volunteers provide religious, social, educational, recreational, and other services that enhance personal development and create links between those incarcerated and their communities. The Department is open to other suggestions.

Services provided include but are not limited to:

  • Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous Groups
  • Individual/Group Counseling
  • Literacy Assistance
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Self Development Classes
  • Transitional Assistance


  • must successfully complete a background investigation
  • must not be actively on parole or probation, and must not have had a criminal record within the last 3 years
Persons interested in volunteering their services and/or in need of additional information should contact office of Volunteer Services at 718-546-0453.

For volunteers wishing to renew their Volunteer Card, please complete the  Volunteer Application Form