A volunteer is one who enters service of his/her own free will. At WCF that service is to selflessly perform acts of kindness and to offer time and talents voluntarily to benefit others, primarily the inmates of WCF. The State of Kansas provides for the basic human needs of food and lodging, in addition to basic educational and vocational services to assist inmates to become productive, law-abiding citizens upon their release. However, due to budgetary constraints, staffing is not available to provide many other services which can benefit offenders. That is where volunteers can greatly assist.
What is Needed?
Activities and programs for which volunteers are needed include:
Art classes - Music - Library assistance
Bible study - Religious activities - Clerical assistance - Counseling
Alcoholics Anonymous - Narcotics Anonymous - Mentoring
Sports - Reaching Out From Within (offender self-help)
If you prefer, you may assist by donating appropriate books, music, DVD's, or worship-related items (i.e.-communion supplies). You may also donate art supplies, dog food, pet supplies, etc. All donated materials must be given to the Volunteer Coordinator for approval prior to usage by inmates.
How do I volunteer?
There is no minimum time, so whether you are willing to donate a few hours a month or several hours a week, we welcome your interest and assistance. The criteria for becoming a volunteer are:
Willingness to serve others selflessly
Willing to work in a multi-cultural environment with respect for others
Be at least 21 years old
Be of good character, willing to model positive citizenship
Not be on any inmate's visiting list
Have no recent felony convictions
Must pass a background check
Willing to comply with rules and regulations
Willing to complete required training and work under the direct supervision of the facility Chaplain
Training for volunteer service occurs in February, June, August, and October. The training sessions are from 8:00 am to noon.
If you would like to volunteer for any religious or programmatic offerings, or if you have any questions, call
WCF Chaplain & Volunteer Coordinator, 620-221-6660, ext. 264
If you would like to volunteer to assist with activities such as sporting events, art, library, or holiday activities, call
Activities Specialist, 620-221-6660, ext. 308