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by David Cook last modified Jan 08, 2014 10:52 AM
Volunteering for Service at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility

Why volunteer?

Reason 1

Volunteering at ECF gives you a good feeling.

Volunteers start working at ECF for all kinds of reasons. Some are retired. Some want to add variety to their lives, some have full-time jobs.

ECF volunteers are all different, but in one way they are the same - they keep coming back to work at ECF because it makes them feel good.

Volunteering at ECF gives you the sense of satisfaction that comes from knowing you are doing something truly worthwhile.

Reason 2

Our volunteers are a select group of people.

We are picky in choosing our volunteers. You must have the following qualifications:

  • Compassion
  • A sincere desire to help others
  • Ability to learn new skills
  • Enthusiasm
  • A positive attitude
  • Willingness to make a commitment

Reason 3

It is a great way to make friends.

When you meet another ECF volunteer, you automatically have some things in common (See Reason 2). There is no better way to get to know people than to work with them. Many lasting friendships have been made among ECF volunteers.

Reason 4

We have lots of places you can work.

ECF has many areas that need volunteers. Where you work depends upon your abilities and interest.

Do you prefer inmate contact? Would you rather answer the phone, and perhaps do some typing? Do you like to be surrounded by noise and activity, or do you prefer a quiet atmosphere?

Our volunteer coordinator will meet with you individually to match your interests and skills with a job that needs to be done.

Here are some areas where you might be assigned to work:

  • Mentor one-on-one visits
  • Bible studies
  • Worship services
  • Seminars
  • Parenting classes
  • Help inmates fill out income tax forms
  • Clinic
  • Mail room
  • Unit team
  • Chaplaincy
  • Library
  • Answering telephones
  • Religious studies
  • AA/NA
  • Literary classes
  • CPR classes
  • Tutoring
  • Drama classes
  • Public speaking classes
  • Spiritual life center
    • Fundraising
    • Telethons
    • Publicity
    • Grants/Foundation giving
    • Project coordinator


Reason 5

We need you.

Our volunteers are very important people. That is because ECF volunteers take an active responsibility in the day-to-day programs of the facility.

Along with your time, we need your ideas. . . We are always looking for new ways to help. If you are one of those people who "needs to be needed," you will find volunteering at our facility very rewarding.

For more information on volunteering call: 
(785) 472-6212

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