Here at TRI we identify our volunteers as “change agents” who transform lives, their communities and even themselves while sacrificing their time, energy and resources working with our clients. Volunteers inspire us to continue to serve with passion and zeal behind the prison walls and with the newly released. We hope you decide to partner with us as we fulfill our mission to restore lives, reconcile families, and renew communities.
Complete the online inquiry and let us know your interests. Make a meaningful difference in someone’s life.
How to Become a Change Agent
Thank you for your interest in volunteering. Whether you are coming to us with hesitation, trepidation, excitement, or anticipation, we are thrilled you are willing to take the first step in this profound journey.
- Complete the online inquiry and let us know your interests.
- We will contact you by phone within 48 business hours to learn more about each other, how we might collaborate, and when we can meet in person.
- Complete our application and training.
- Commit to placement in a role that matches your interests with our needs.
- Start making a difference! 😃
Benefits of Being a Change Agent
There are too many benefits and blessings of being a TRI Change Agent to list all of them here, but listed below are some to get you motivated to join us:
- Adds a significant sense of purpose and meaning to your life.
- Provides the experience of deep gratitude from clients whose lives you touch in tangible and visible ways.
- Inspires others.
- Balances work with play and service.
- Feeds your adventurous spirit.
- Uses your skills, experience, and wisdom.
- Creates positive synergy.
- Increases self-care of body, mind and spirit.
- Improves emotional, mental and social health.
- Generates new friendships and support.
- Builds teamwork.
- Unites people from diverse backgrounds.
- Gives access to public education and increased social justice awareness.
- Provides opportunities for laughter and authentic engagement.
- Challenges your worldview.
- Provides new professional and personal skills.
- Fulfills your civic responsibilities and/or tenets of faith.
- It just feels good!
“We will ultimately not be judged by our technology; we won’t be judged by our design; we won’t be judged by our intellect and reason. Ultimately, you judge the character of a society . . . by how they treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned.”
Bryan Stevenson, TED talk
WELCOME BACK TEAM
The first 72 hours of release can be exciting for a returning citizen, but it can also be a time of fear for what life will bring on the outside. Become a part of a hospitality team to help transition folks from the gate and back into our local communities by meeting them at the gate the day of release, distributing “Welcome Back” packs, providing transportation, taking them out for a meal, inviting them to social activities plus many more opportunities.
You have skills and experience that could benefit our TRI participants, especially if you are willing to offer it pro bono or at a reduced rate. Whether you have finance, trade, counseling, massage therapy, education, marketing, culinary arts, nutrition, spiritual development, fitness, medical training, law enforcement, linguistics, or some other skills and expertise or interest, there is a place to use what you know and are passionate about, to help someone else to grow and prosper.
At TRI we empower and support people in a number of ways, but if we do not give them a place to lay their head at night, it will be almost impossible for them to rebuild their lives. Our nation and local community are facing a homelessness epidemic. There is not a place to call home for over one third of our participants coming out of incarceration. Even if they can afford a place, there is a severe shortage of housing options for those with a criminal history. We need you to help us find property or a structure to house our returning citizens.
All of us need guidance, support, and accountability. The incarcerated no different. They need folks who will walk alongside and support them as they navigate the pre-and post-release phases of incarceration. An accountability partner is someone who mentors another but doesn’t try and solve the problems of the other. Accountability partners are not there to be a cure but a catalyst for learning, growing, and healthy living. A partner is someone who doesn’t expect perfection and can meet and accept people as they are, not what they think they should be. Accountability partners are people who are not perfect but are in a perfect position to help our participants because they have learned and grown from mistakes, unfortunate circumstances, and successes. As an accountability partner you are not someone’s banker, lawyer, pastor, bus driver, doctor, or “yes person.” Rather, you are a friend, modeling and providing unconditional grace and accountability.
If you didn’t grow up in poverty, you may be unaware of the “hidden rules” that govern many aspects of life for the poor. People in poverty are often in survival mode, where the future hold no promise, and support systems taken for granted in middle class and wealth are nonexistent. If your business, agency or organization works with people from poverty, only a deeper understanding of their challenges—and strengths—will help you partner with them to create opportunities for success.
From Bridges out of Poverty by Ruby K. Payne, PhD, et al.
WELCOME BACK PACKS
When many of our participants leave prison and jail, they have nothing. All the basic hygiene items we take for granted are highly valued essentials for those returning to the community. TRI likes to welcome back our participants with backpacks that are filled with items that will meet not only their basic needs but will also help them transition more effectively. Having all their items in one place that is also portable is vital. Please review the lists below and if you are able to make a donation of any or all of the items, including the backpack, we would be very grateful.
The Reentry Initiative is now registered on AmazonSmile, a program that turns your everyday online shopping experience into an opportunity to give. For every item you purchase with Smile, Amazon will donate .5% of each item’s price to the Reentry Initiative. This comes at no extra cost to you, and it helps get much-needed funds to women reentering their local community after prison.
It’s easy to sign up—visit smile.amazon.com (or click the graphic on the right) and log in to your regular Amazon account. Select The Reentry Initiative in Longmont, Colorado as your charity of choice. Then, just shop like you usually would! For as long as you use AmazonSmile, you’ll be giving back to your community at the same time.
The Reentry Initiative is a 501(c)(3) organization, registered in the state of Colorado.