Become A BTL Volunteer

The only qualifications necessary to become a volunteer for Bridges To Life are a willing heart, listening ear, and desire to help others! Volunteers need not be of a particular religious background or possess counseling-related credentials or experience. Volunteers may participate as a crime victim speaker, as a small group facilitator, or in both roles. 

STEP 1:  Get TDCJ Volunteer Approval

To be a volunteer in a Texas prison, you must be approved by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ):

  • Complete a TDCJ Volunteer Application form found on the TDCJ website. (In PROGRAM OF INTEREST section, check box for Chaplaincy; at bottom right, check OTHER and enter Bridges To Life.)

  • Attend a TDCJ Volunteer training (most on Saturdays throughout the year).

  • Print out your completed Volunteer Application form and sign. Bring with you to the TDCJ training and submit it there.

  • Your application will take several weeks to be processed, including a background check. Once completed, you will be an approved TDCJ volunteer for 2 years.

STEP 2:  Get BTL Volunteer Training

After becoming an approved TDCJ volunteer, you must attend a Bridges To Life Volunteer Training. (If you are interested in volunteering only in non-prison facilities, TDCJ approval is not necessary.)

  • Consult the Our Staff page to find the BTL Regional Coordinator in your area.

  • Call or email your Regional Coordinator to arrange a Volunteer Facilitator and/or Crime Victim Speaker training.

  • At the training you will receive a Facilitator Manual, Restoring Peace curriculum book and study guide, and name badge.

  • Note: Some alternative facilities may require their own training in addition to BTL Volunteer Training.


For volunteer requirements in states other than Texas, consult your state's Department of Corrections.

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