Volunteers are the backbone of Horizon’s success. We need adult volunteers from all walks of life and all faiths to serve with us in the London Correctional Institution and the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville.

Outside Brothers & Sisters

This very important role requires spiritually and socially mature men and women. As an Outside Brother or Sister, you will meet with Horizon participants one night a week from September to June. Your work is simply to talk to the participants, listen to them, and serve as a source of inspiration and information. Read our Outside Sisters and Brothers Volunteer FAQ for more information.

Outside Brothers weekly meetings
London – Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Outside Sisters weekly meetings
Marysville – Wednesdays, 6 – 8 p.m.

Building Community Volunteers

Building Community volunteers teach and participate in a program that builds life skills such as anger management and self-awareness. Positive changes from this program ripple through the prison population and into the community. Volunteers meet at the prison once a week from September to June for this program.

Building Community weekly meetings
London – Mondays, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Marysville – Tuesdays, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

What It Takes to Volunteer

As a volunteer, you will meet with HPI participants within the prison facility. It is important for HPI to take special care that the volunteers and the participants are protected. Volunteers will undergo a background screening and will enter the prison through a security check each week, as any visitor would.

Please note that Horizon honors people from all faith traditions. Our work is not to convert participants to a specific religion. Our work is to show honor, respect, and dignity to each and every human being.

We typically seek volunteers in the spring for programs that begin in the fall. Once the paperwork is completed, we hold several training sessions to help you understand the program, your roles, and your boundaries.

It takes commitment and strength to volunteer with HPI, but what you receive in return is tenfold. This is a powerful, fulfilling program.

Sign up to learn more

If you would like to volunteer with Horizon Prison Initiative, download our application.

You can fill it out online if you have Adobe Reader.  (Download Adobe Reader here.)

Email your completed application to info@horizonprisoninitiative.org

Or mail it to:

Horizon Prison Initiative
48 East North Broadway
Columbus, Ohio 43214