- Increased recruitment through the media, staff presentations to civic/social organizations and individual contact has led to a significant increase in the number of volunteers.
- Victim Impact Panels are offered in most regions in coordination with Victim Services. Also, some community members volunteer to discuss their feelings about being victimized.
- Job fairs are held throughout the state with help from volunteers in business, education and state agencies.
- Parenting classes, such as those at the Neal Unit and Plane State Jail, are conducted by volunteers, such as Parents Anonymous.
- Volunteer literacy and language tutors work with students throughout the state.
- Special Programs have been presented by volunteers, such as a credit union speaker discussing personal finances and a judge describing the legal rights of ex-offenders.
For more information on volunteering for Windham, visit TDCJ Programs and Services Division's Volunteer Services Program.
Then complete the online application here: Volunteer Application - Online Form
Volunteering stories that may interest you:
TDCJ Public Information Office - Austin woman receives 2013 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award - Judith Dullnig was presented the Governor's 2013 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award today in recognition of her dedication to helping offenders incarcerated within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
San Antonio Man Receives Governor's 2015 Criminal Justice Volunteer Award - (AUSTIN) – Charles M. Fisk of San Antonio, Texas was presented the “Judy Burd – Windham School District” Award during the Governor’s 2015 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today. The award was presented by Oliver Bell, Chairman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice, and TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston during a ceremony held in Austin. “We’re grateful for the efforts of these award recipients,” said Livingston. “These everyday heroes are making a profound and lasting impact on the lives of individuals across the State of Texas.”
Literacy Highland Lakes Receives Governor's 2014 Criminal Justice Volunteer Award - During ceremonies in Austin, Sally May of Granite Shoals accepted the Governor’s 2014 Criminal Justice Volunteer “Judy Burd – Windham School District” Award on behalf of Literacy Highland Lakes. For 27 years, this 501(c)(3) volunteer-based non-profit group has conducted GED classes at the Ellen Halbert Unit in Burnet, Texas.
Literacy Highland Lakes Receives Criminal Justice Volunteer Award - Literacy Highland Lakes received an award for volunteering its literacy services to female inmates at the Ellen Halbert Unit in Burnet during the Governor’s 2014 Criminal Justice Volunteer ceremony in Austin on April 17.
Women's Storybook Project - Simple idea with big impact allows mothers to connect with children.