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:
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.
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.
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: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.