COVID-19 Changes to Volunteering!

With the COVID-19 precautions in place, the Monroe County Jail has currently suspended volunteers from entering, and our Transition Support Center is operating in a limited capacity. We will have webinar trainings for responding to requests within the jail - stay up to date by following our Facebook page and see our Donate page for other ways to help.

Our GoFundMe page also outlines some new volunteer needs we currently have (responding to jail letters, train-the-trainer health workshops) - watch for more info in the future!
... Already a volunteer?  See our Volunteer Resources page for more information.

Interested in Volunteering?

Volunteers play a vital role in our mission. Working with volunteers gives inmates the opportunity to interact, broaden their worldview, learn, and be connected to the outside world. Many inmates assert that contact with volunteers is the most valuable part of their time in jail.  Fill out the form below or look at our Bloomington Volunteer Network page for your first step to volunteering!

Life Skills Groups

Our Life Skills Groups focus on addressing 1) Personal Improvement and Skill-Building, 2) Relationship and Community-Building, and 3) Leadership. Volunteers will assist with creating lesson plans, as well as attending the groups at the TSC or in the Monroe County Jail.

Kite Nite

We receive kites - written requests for services - from folks currently incarcerated in the Monroe County Jail. These include requests for: treatment/housing applications, prescription/reading glasses, obtaining birth certificates and social security cards, and more. Volunteers get together for a Kite Nite each week to fill these requests.

Programs in the Jail

New Leaf - New Life facilitates programs seven days a week in the Monroe County Jail. These programs include Re-Entry Workshops, Life Skills Classes, Self-Care/Art Therapy Classes, and Writing Groups. Volunteers facilitate or assist the facilitator with anything they need to run the program for the day. These programs typically last 1.5-2 hours.

TSC Greeting & Client Technology Support

Formerly incarcerated individuals are welcomed at our Transition Support Center (TSC) where we provide short-term & long-term assistance. The TSC Greeter works at the front desk and is the first point-of-contact when folks come in to access services, and the Technology Supporters provide assistance in setting up phones, emailing, writing resumes, and searching for jobs.

Getting Connected

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, fill out the form below - or email us at info@newleafnewlife.org or call (812) 355-6842 (during business hours).  See also our Bloomington Volunteer Network page, where we keep up-to-date opportunities, or our Facebook page where volunteer orientations are listed.  We are also happy to have people join the Re-Entry Collective, to brainstorm solutions for re-entry and to find other avenues for helping.

Ad Hoc Opportunities

We often have one-time opportunities for volunteering, such as helping with our 5K or with MLK Day activities.  To see what's happening and where we need your help, check out our News and Events page!