Volunteering in Depth

Amicus offers many opportunities to volunteer. Our most popular opportunity is as a One to One, offering friendship to an inmate or someone recently released, as he or she works to build a new life.  One to One requires only a few hours each month and a one-year commitment to the relationship.  Volunteer opportunities are also often available by providing community resources or skills-building help to our Heads Up Strategies employment skills class and sometimes Amicus Radius. Volunteers can also be found working in the Amicus office or joining a team to help gather and provide “Coming Home” kits of hygiene items and other basics for those recently released from prison.

To view a list of volunteer events, click here.

Studies show that inmates who have an ongoing, positive one-to-one relationship with a community member are 40% less likely to offend again. That adds up to a big difference in reducing crime and promoting the positive contributions we all have to give to our community.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead

For more information, call us at (612) 877-4250 or email the Amicus Volunteer Recruiter, Jill Barnes – jill.barnes@voamn.org

We look forward to hearing from you!

Are You Ready to Make a Difference?

10 Ways to Get Involved at Amicus

  1. Learn more about us! Invite Amicus to your group or class.
  2. Donate gently used men’s clothing, especially sizes XL, XXL and up.
  3. Hold a clothing drive to gather winter clothing, such as hats, gloves, and coats.
  4. Intern with us! Gain valuable job experience and get engaged with your community
  5. Volunteer your professional expertise to help serve our clients. Be a presenter, a mentor, help develop position papers, or serve as an advisor.
  6. Put together a “Coming Home” hygiene kit to help ease the reentry process for ex-offenders.
  7. Help out at a special event hosted by Amicus. Among other events, we hold a fundraising walk every year and always need volunteer help.
  8. Write a letter to the editor for your local newspaper or contribute to the Amicus blog or social media outlets through Amicususa.org
  9. Volunteer at Second Chance Day on the Hill or other advocacy activities.
  10. Be a One-To-One volunteer – our most renowned and rewarding volunteer experience! By extending the hand of friendship to an inmate, volunteers help inmates feel cared about, develop trust, and try out new behaviors.

For more information:

contact Amicus:

Amicus depends on the generous help of many individuals and groups. We would love to talk with you about what you might be able to offer. Extensive training and staff support is available to volunteers. Speakers are also available to address groups.

Apply to be a volunteer mentor or a volunteer Amicus in the One to One program by completing the Volunteer Application (or PDF format) and returning it to the Amicus office. You will then be contacted by Community Engagement staff to arrange for an interview.

The value of an Amicus volunteer, in the words of an inmate:

“I’ve been incarcerated for 13 years and had begun to lose touch with people of society. This only tends to make a person hard on the inside. My amicus has changed all that. In him, I see the good I thought no longer existed. Thank you for making me feel like a person again.”

Finding A Friend Who Cares: Pamela, Ellen and Amicus One To One

Projects are funded/supported, in part, by the Office of Justice Programs through the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Minnesota Department of Corrections, Bureau of Justice Assistance – Second Chance Act Grant, foundations and private donations.