Our Volunteers

Volunteers play a crucial role in our mission, leading sessions in the AIR dorm, running enrichment classes in jail's multipurpose room, and helping assist clients at the Transition Support Center.  New Leaf - New Life could not function without its slate of volunteers!

Volunteer Testimonials

"“The hour I spend each week ... as a NLNL volunteer is exceptionally rewarding. I share meditation practices, often involving gentle breath control, and lead wide ranging discussions of spirituality, personal growth, and other topics of interest. The men often express their gratitude this, as for all the efforts of NLNL volunteers." - Chris Haynes, instructor
"My rewards are the friends I have made." - Victor Harnack, former instructor
"It almost goes without saying that volunteering in the jail has significantly impacted my life.  The level of honesty, openness, and humor is unparalleled with other parts of my life, and I get more than I give.  I only wish other people could experience the type of joy I experience" - Markus Dickinson, instructor


"Having people to help me with my life – people that actively care about me and others in general – gives me hope and a positive outlook on my situation" - Incarcerated individual in NLNL programs
"“I just came down to New Leaf - New Life yesterday … being treated respectfully and having an AA meeting has helped me to feel hopeful and at peace with life and not overwhelmed.  I’ve felt human again" - Individual at the Transition Support Center
"For me the program has given me a chance to feel normal – a chance to dig down and find my feelings that I’ve been hiding with my using.  It’s a great program." - Incarcerated individual in NLNL programs

How to Volunteer

There are many ways to volunteer, from office help to various kinds of instructional roles.  To find out how you can help us and help change lives, see this page on joining with us or the Volunteering page for specifics on volunteering.