Volunteer with Inside Out Reentry

Volunteers play an important role in carrying out Inside Out’s mission of supporting individuals as they return to our community after being incarcerated. There are many ways for volunteers to get involved with Inside Out such as: staffing our resource center, becoming a mentor, tutoring members of our community, corresponding with currently incarcerated individuals, and more! 

If you’re interested, apply here

Questions? Email us at insideoutreentry@gmail.com or call us at (319) 338-7996.

Here are what some of our current volunteers have to say about working with Inside Out:

“I find it satisfying and rewarding to help and encourage citizens who are facing the challenges of returning to free society after incarceration. They are confronted with many societal and economic barriers to successful reentry. Inside Out offers a community of assistance, encouragement and peer support to help our participants overcome those barriers. We believe that all who strive to be successful should be afforded every opportunity to achieve their goals of becoming productive and contributing members of the community. Volunteering at Inside Out has given me a unique opportunity to continue serving my community, and in a way that can perhaps make a difference in some individuals’ lives as well.”

– Dale Helling

“Volunteering at Inside Out has allowed me to create lasting relationships with members of our community I greatly value. Given my interest in building a more inclusive, equitable, and just community, Inside Out provides a space where meaningful steps towards this goal are taken. I have especially enjoyed participating in the efforts to restore voting rights to people with felony convictions. Increasing access to voting is an essential part of democracy and working with other passionate activists on this issue has been extremely rewarding as we work towards a shared goal. By bringing together people from different backgrounds and lived experiences, Inside Out has challenged my perceptions, and provided me with new approaches to tackling injustice and building a stronger community.”

– Caroline Garske

“Volunteering at Inside Out Reentry is an enlightening and enjoyable experience.   The dedicated staff and engaging  IO Community Members have inspired me to listen, learn, and assist in any way that I can.   Seeing the joy of Members  overcoming barriers placed before them is worth any time and support that I give.”

– Richard Grugin