General Information

  • Volunteer Opportunities / Responsibilities: OAR staff coordinates and supervises a variety of volunteer activities at the Arlington County Detention Facility, the OAR office, as well as other locations. The following is a sample of the volunteer opportunities, but it is by no means complete. If you have a skill or program idea to suggest, please let us know.

    Fundraising Volunteer
    Assist OAR Development staff to plan and implement fundraising campaigns and events. Opportunities include helping with appeal letters, phone calls and special events. Flexible schedule.

    Volunteer Facilitator to lead group courses at the Arlington County Detention Facility
    This unique opportunity allows individuals to work with incarcerated individuals in the Arlington County Detention Facility. Volunteers facilitate courses in a group setting with approximately 8-15 students per class on average. Courses last from 6-8 weeks with one 90 minute class per week.

    Facilitators lead courses on topics such as: Anger Management, Life Skills, Substance Abuse Education, Conflict Resolution, Basic Computer Skills, Current Events, Employability Readiness, Creative Writing, and more.

    Experience working or volunteering in a jail or prison is not necessary. We provide volunteers with orientation, training, and support that they need prior to facilitating their first course and throughout the duration of their volunteer service.

    The initial training and orientation process takes approximately three months from the first point of contact to the time the volunteer can begin to teach their first class. A one-year commitment is required due to the nature and length of the training process.

    Background, fingerprinting, and a reference check are necessary to become a volunteer at the Arlington County Detention Facility.

    Special Events Volunteer
    Assist OAR staff in ensuring that events run smoothly. Specific duties may include data entry, making phone calls, pre-event planning, post-event wrap up and debriefing, compiling informational materials, picking up and/or delivering items and supplies, assisting staff with event management during the event and other related duties.

    Employment Program Volunteer
    Volunteers are needed to work one-on-one with individuals recently released from incarceration and searching for employment. Assistance includes resume building, practicing interview skills, applying for jobs online, and more.
  • Types of Volunteers Needed: individual/adult; adult groups of less than 5
  • Hours Needed: business hours during the week; evenings during the week