As integral members of our community, volunteers play a hands-on role in Dismas House operations - and in helping our residents become productive citizens. There are as many ways to be involved with Dismas as there are facets to any community. You may wish to participate in one of our established, traditionally popular service opportunities - such as serving dinner or tutoring - or suggest an experience based on your own personal skills and abilities. At Dismas House, volunteers:

  • Welcome returning citizens back into the community
  • Provide support to residents by offering their time and attention
  • Set an example of how to live a healthy, productive life as an active member of community
  • Bring a caring and positive spirit to the house

Volunteer Needs

Community Dinners

Monday-Thursday, Dinner is at 6:30, Arrive to Prepare
Community members and former offenders come together by breaking bread. Monday through Thursday, volunteers plan and prepare a meal to share with Dismas residents. This powerful act of fellowship builds a support system that empowers change and relationships that last a lifetime.


Tuesday and Thursday, 7-9pm
Help Dismas residents develop or improve upon skills needed to become self-sufficient, contributing members of society. Specific opportunities include teaching computer literacy, assisting with reading and writing skills, mentoring, and assisting with workforce development and job seeking skills. 

Donor Calls

First Thursday of Each Month, 1-4pm
Donors are a vitally important part of the Dismas family and as such, it’s important to us that we’re given the chance to thank them. Volunteers will make phone calls, with assistance from a script, to donors to thank them for their contributions and encourage them to attend upcoming events.


Monday, 1-5
Before being accepted into the Dismas program, all potential residents must first submit an application to our Admissions Board. Volunteers will be responsible for reviewing initial applications and entering applicant information into our Applicant Tracking spreadsheet. Additionally, Dismas responds to each applicant whether accepted or denied. Volunteers will prepare the appropriate letters to be mailed.

Clerical (Development/Programming)

Clerical: Program volunteers will assist Dismas office staff with filing, data entry, and correspondence needs. Development: Development volunteers will send out donor acknowledgements, thank you cards, and pledge statements. Some months, we will send out quarterly programming updates and invitations to events and meetings, and will update our donor contacts.

If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to our Program Director tcorkum@dismas.org.


  • Capital Campaign: help raise funds for "brick and mortar projects
  • Community Relations: help recruit program partners and participate in projects to benefit our organization and clients
  • Corporate, Government, and Foundations: help develop relationships to acquire alternative funding
  • Corrections: help develop contacts for potential residents
  • Endowment: help create a fund and cultivate partners for participation
  • Legal: help residents and the organization determine best course of action when faced with litigation
  • Religious: help develop an outreach or aftercare program for residents
  • Steering: recruit sponsors and table hosts for events
  • Young Professionals: recruit young professionals to participate in volunteer opportunities

For more details call (615) 297-4511 or email info@dismas.org