Many nonprofits rely on volunteers to help them make the community a better place for all. The Center for Community Transitions is no different. We need your help to expand our network of change and care. Please consider putting your time and talents to good use through the Center for Community Transitions, and work with us to build people not prisons.
Please take a look at the opportunities listed below and see if there is something there that might fit for you. If you find something or know of something we did not list that you can do to help, please click on the volunteer application and submit it to the appropriate person in a program listed below.
- Contact the appropriate program director to receive an application (see contacts listed below with each program)
- Application – complete an application and submit it to the director of the program you wish to volunteer with.
- Interview – come in for an interview with the program you wish to volunteer with
- Training – when applicable, attend training about our organization, working with our clients, etc.
- There may be additional volunteer criteria based on the location and project you are interested in some of these include: background checks, passing CMS volunteer application process, valid driving license, etc.
Contact: Erik OrtegaP.704-374-0762
Come help us celebrate the accomplishments of our clients. Cheer them on every other Friday when graduation occurs, and on a Thursday afternoon once per month when they graduate from the soft skills, Working Smart class. Bring light refreshments (cookies and lemonade) and mingle with clients as they celebrate completing the program.
Every Other Monday@ 10:45 AM & Thursday 10:45 AM (Schedule may vary with holidays) – Assist staff with conducting mock job interviews with clients participating in our employment readiness classes. Questions and evaluation tool will be provided and individual feedback from the experience is welcomed.
Every other Wednesday @ 10:45 AM (schedule may vary with holidays) – Assist clients participating in the employment readiness program with the development/revision of their resume.
FRESH START Goal Setting
Schedule open but will need to be consistent – Assist clients with their goal setting and stability tracker – training will be provided.
Families Doing Time
Contact: Charis Blackmon P. 704-494-0450 x.13 F. 704-494-8675 F. 704-494-8675
Group Volunteer Project- Third Tuesdays
Each Third Tuesday FDT provides a family gathering including a light, yet balance dinner. Groups can prepare activities for the night, provide and serve dinner, help families sign in and provide information, have dinner with a family, lead activities, and help us clean up after. This is a wonderful volunteer project for a group of caring adults. We have a detailed description of this project, contact Charis Blackmon at at for full details. Do this once a year and everyone walks away feeling a fullness of spirit.
Toys for Tots
Volunteers are needed to sort and prepare toys for our client families. Additionally, we will need volunteers to assist on the day of distribution.
Caregiver Christmas Baskets
We will need volunteers to assist with stuffing, wrapping, and delivering Christmas baskets to families during the holiday season.
Empowering Kids with Incarcerated Parents (EKWIP):
We will need assistance printing and binding EKWIP workbooks for these school-based support groups. Additionally, volunteers that are consistently available during school hours on weekdays are needed to serve as group assistants during EKWIP groups. A background check would be required for all potential group assistant volunteers.
As we shift to a new data system, we will need volunteers to help with data entry.
are needed to assist with our quarterly cultural excursions (Enrichment Institute) to be held in November, February, and April.
Write the incarcerated parent about ways to improve communication with their family and especially their children. Use an agency brochure to find exercises inmate parents can share with their children to start rebuilding those relationships prior to coming home. Encourage and challenge parents to think through reunification plans as well as expectations and challenges of rejoining the family. Training and guidelines will be provided.
Spend some time helping with the many duties that arise when helping families, leading school based support groups, preparing for Third Tuesdays, responding to request, etc. And in just one morning a week you will see the difference in how your time and talents will help families feel a little lighter, and the staff be able to accomplish more.
Support Group Assistants
Assist the EKWIP facilitator with the 45-minutes groups offered in identified schools. Engage the children in the learning objectives, through conversation and activities. The EKWIP Facilitator will bring all the items needed and lead the group through the weekly program. Support groups are 8 weeks in duration and each group is 45-minutes. People who want to volunteer in this role must meet the volunteer standards of CMS.
You might have a talent that we could use to provide entertainment during some of our Third Tuesday events, when we have family day at the Center for Women, for our Spring Fling event where we thank volunteers, at Christmas, Thanksgiving or the Back In Style-Back to School event. We encourage musicians, magicians, singers, drumming, carnival-like booths, clowns, mimes, storytellers, artists and clean comedians to help us out.
Center for Women
Contact: Nyeshia Carpenter P. 704-494-0001 F. 704-494-8675
There are many on site volunteer opportunities, some are listed below, but there are many others and some we may not have even thought of yet! Please feel free to ask the volunteer coordinator about anything you may be able to share with the residents that would be fun, interesting and could help them in their transition. Share anything you think would help to support the facility or the agency.
Skill building volunteers are needed to assist the women with school tutoring, computer training, resume writing, cover letter writing, etc.
Help us maintain the order of the library, rotate books, prepare notices of new books, assist residents with building computer skills and completing homework.
Do you have a specialty? It could be pie baking, healthy versions of old favorites, roasting, grilling, French cooking, Spanish cooking, Asian flavors, etc. Schedule a cooking class, let us know what you will need (within our budget) and we will have everything ready for you to teach residents something new in the kitchen.
Do you bead? Can you teach techniques you have learned. The Center for Women has a jewelry program, teach shambala techniques, peyote stitch, hand knotted closures, etc. We have beads, leather, hemp, even kumihimo. Come teach a technique or schedule a beading session to just have fun.
Would you like to facilitate a book club with the women at the Center, encourage a ?community? (our community) book read with discussion groups. There are so many books that would be a good fit for the Center. If you enjoy this kind of thing, it would be a great activity.
Teach simple sewing techniques by making aprons, simple backpacks, pillow cases, etc. We have two workable sewing machines for such a project. Groups have also brought in additional machines and tutors for a 1:1 lesson.
Become an Off Site Sponsor
Once you have volunteered on site and have become comfortable with the program, residents, rules and guidelines you may consider becoming an off-site volunteer sponsor. Simply let the volunteer coordinator know of your interest. Activities off-site sponsors have participated in include taking residents to church, shopping, to free or low cost community events, AA/NA meetings, job interviews, transition activities such as finding a place to live, etc. This volunteer opportunity requires training and due to state regulations, all volunteers must be female.
We can always use office help, answering phones, filing, organizing, assist with mailings, follow up phone calls, reminder calls, etc. Contact Myra Clark if interested at email@example.com
Talented artists are needed to help make materials relevant and current. Graphic artists can help with visual display of information, layout and design of mailings, and on line communications. Contact: communications@centerforcommunitytransitions if interested.
Social Media Assistant
If you’re interested in learning about professional social media writing and management, our Communications Director is looking for a volunteer or intern to assist with our organization’s social media presence. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.