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.
(For information on volunteering for our juvenile program, please contact BTL.)
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 (now online due to COVID-19 restrictions).
Print out your completed Volunteer Application form and sign. Mail to:
2 Financial Plaza, Suite 472
Hunstville, TX 77340
Once your application has been received (call 936-437-3026 to confirm), you may sign up online for your training.
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.)
Call or email your Regional Coordinator to arrange a Volunteer Facilitator and/or Crime Victim Speaker training.
For the training (by Skype or Zoom), you will be mailed 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.