Jail Volunteer Opportunities

Jail Literacy Program

The Literacy Council offers Adult Basic Education and Math Classes at the Walworth County Jail (Elkhorn, Wisconsin). Literacy Classes are held in a classroom in the Programming Section of the jail. The classroom is complete with a dry erase board, a podium, tables and chairs. Books and supplies, made possible through grants from Dollar General and ProLiteracy, assist tutors and students in the learning process. Further, the Jail Program has received textbook donations from Gateway Technical College and other sources. 

Five volunteer tutors teach individual and small group classes in the jail, in the areas of Adult Basic Education (ABE), and Math. Classes are held once per week, and class duration varies by tutor, usually running one and a half hours. More than 40 students have already benefitted from literacy classes in the jail, and there has been a constant waiting list of inmates who want to take classes. Inmates enter into a Behavioral and Attendance policy with the Literacy Council, and it is stressed that literacy classes within the jail are a privilege, not a right.

If you have the "right stuff" to volunteer for the Literacy Council, please apply online.

Other Jail Volunteer Opportunities

  • AA and NA leaders
  • Worship Service and ministering to inmates