"The men and women that are incarcerated are still part of the community. If we don't help them overcome the barriers that they will face when they re-enter our communities they are likely to re-offend. The old way of doing things—‘here is twenty dollars and there is the door’—is over. They have to be prepared to re-enter the community and become a welcome neighbor."
Greatest Volunteer Needs
Mentors play a crucial role in making the work of restorative justice happen, as they provide guidance to juveniles and adults who are taking responsibility for causing harm by participating in Community Resolution Conferences, or Waldo County Reentry Center residents seeking healthy re-integration into the community. Mentors generally meet with the participant once per week for an hour or two, for 2-12 months, using restorative justice philosophy in building an effective mentor relationship. Learn about the steps to becoming a mentor by clicking here.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Friends Group members support RJP through activities that build community understanding and awareness and support program delivery.
Restorative Community Advocates help spread awareness of Restorative Justice and the work of RJP in the community. They integrate the philosophy into their lives, represent RJP at fairs and festivals, and help arrange speaking engagements for RJP staff.
Conference Facilitators provide group facilitation skills to community resolution conferences with any one of our programs. Facilitators organize the conferences by bringing the person harmed and the offender together with community members to dialogue about the incident and to help all persons affected reach an agreement on ways of repairing the harm and to offer some form of restitution. Cases are referred to RJP through schools, juvenile probation, the courts or local law enforcement.
Community Observers have the opportunity to sit in community resolution conferences with persons who have caused harm for the purpose of describing how the offender’s choices and actions affect the larger community. The harm that has been done causes a “ripple” effect that not only impacts those immediately involved but the social fabric of our community as well.
Navigators offer their volunteer time, skills, and talents in brief, as available, time-limited spurts. Examples include giving someone a ride, sharing a particular skill or talent, e.g., welding, baking, bookkeeping, knitting, etc.
Other opportunities lie within the broader operations of the organization. As a volunteer-based nonprofit, we seek the expertise and professional skills of grant writing, public relations, website development, event sponsorship, recruitment, community organizing, office work, etc. We also seek connections to employment and training, housing, educational resources and helping individuals navigate the legal and social service systems that directly impact program participants.