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by David Cook last modified Feb 14, 2014 02:33 PM

 Why Volunteer?

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

Volunteer Training

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. 56026

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. 56256

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