Thank you for your interest in volunteering with University Beyond Bars! Currently we are close to capacity for our teaching faculty, and we are only looking for specific qualifications to help fulfill program needs. We are seeking volunteers who:

  • Possess a higher education degree in the sciences or humanities, especially math and English.

  • Have experience teaching preparatory math or English to pre-college students as part of UBB's college readiness courses.

  • Would like to give a one-time lecture for UBB's Arts and Lecture Series. Guest speakers must have experience presenting their topic to a group and be comfortable working in a prison setting, with a restriction on what materials can be brought in.

  • Have a short-term class or workshop for UBB's Certificate Pathway that would be of interest to individuals in a carceral setting. You must have prior experience teaching in a group setting or leading workshops.

Instructors must have access to reliable transportation. Our program is based at the Monroe Correctional Complex in Monroe, Washington, and many classes require the instructor to be on-site by 5:30 PM. Some courses will provide paid compensation, and UBB offers travel stipends to all instructors.

Please keep in mind that due to the Department of Corrections' training schedule and UBB's program needs, most instructors will need to wait until the following semester to come on as active volunteers.

Frequently asked questions

What are the volunteer opportunities?

  • Teaching - Share your expertise by teaching a class in our college or certificate pathway.

  • Arts & Lecture Series - If you do not have time to teach, consider a guest lecture as part of our Arts and Lecture Series.

  • Fundraising - Assist UBB staff with event planning, communications, and fundraising projects.

  • Administrative - Help produce promotional materials, maintain social networking sites, and support volunteer outreach efforts.

Where will I volunteer?

Teachers, tutors, and guest lecturers will have the opportunity to serve at one of two units at the Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC): the Washington State Reformatory or the Minimum Security Unit. MCC is located in Monroe, Washington, which is about 30 miles northeast of Seattle.

Development, administrative, and special events volunteers will work primarily outside of the prison. These positions offer volunteers more flexibility with regard to time and location of service.

What is the time commitment?

If you are teaching, we expect you to spend at least one day per week at the prison for a full semester. The commitment for any other kind of volunteering is on a case-by-case basis, but we always prefer working with dedicated individuals.

I want to volunteer! What’s next?

Complete the UBB Volunteer Application form to the right. UBB staff will work with you to determine the best fit for your skills and interests. If you will be volunteering at the prison, you will need to complete volunteer training at the correctional facility, which is offered 3-4 times per year. Check with UBB staff to find out when the next training takes place.

Please complete the volunteer interest form and we will be in touch. Thank you!


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