“It keeps me active in my retirement.”
“I just love spending time with people.”
“It bolsters my resume.”
“I am a good listener and I am able to use my skill to help others.”
“It allows me to live my faith.”
“It satisfies my interest in social justice.”
“I am a better person because of volunteering.”
“As a person of faith, this ministry allows me to live out my baptismal call.”
“I have developed a better appreciation for the struggles many face in life.”
“I find it very rewarding and humbling to serve others.”
Whatever your interests and no matter your strengths, as a volunteer you can contribute in a valuable way to a worthwhile organization. If you are looking for purpose, we have a place for you. Our volunteers often say that serving is a unique and meaningful, life-altering experience. Get started.
How can I volunteer?
There are opportunities to volunteer both inside and outside jail or prison walls.
For an introduction to prison ministry, you can attend a few hours on the second day of a Residents Encounter Christ (REC) retreat. You’ll give spiritual support to inmates during a HOOT (hootenanny), a traditional part of REC retreats that incorporate singing, a “keystone” talk, a “peace” talk, and reflections on finding peace.
If you are curious about Houses of Healing or Power Source, contact us about shadowing a program facilitator for one or more weekly sessions to determine if a program is a good fit for you.
To volunteer in a specific jail or prison ministry program in the Upstate New York area, contact the volunteer coordinator at a facility listed on our Roster of Facilities Supported by Prison Ministry of Upstate New York (PMUNY).
Volunteer expresses purpose found in serving with PMUNY.
Volunteer recounts the priceless interactions she receives while serving.
Write or create anonymous letters or cards of support for residents attending a retreat. Palanca, the Spanish word for lever or influence, help lift up and encourage a person. Letters, cards or drawings can be contributed by anyone, young or old. Learn more.
Sew stoles to serve as a sign of commitment and remembrance of a REC retreat. Click here for directions.
Pray for prisoners, their relationships with others, and for our prison volunteers.
Offer small sacrifices and works of mercy as spiritual support for incarcerated individuals.
Share your computer, administrative or business skills.
Serve on the PMUNY Leadership Team. Contact us directly to learn more.
Donate to our organization.