Our dedicated volunteers are the heart of MATCH: both in the service they perform and the love they show to the MATCH Moms and children. We have a variety opportunities for people who wish to volunteer.
Each MATCH visit is supervised by two volunteers. They observe the visit to make sure that all policies of MATCH and the prison are followed. They report to the MATCH staff the good parenting skills and any issues of concern that they notice.
Volunteers are asked to be available for one three-hour visit each month, and the time is scheduled at their convenience. Most visits occur on the weekends, but there are some weekday visits, also, especially during the summer and school holiday breaks.
Sometimes caregivers are not able to bring children to Raleigh for visits. Volunteers drive the children to their visit and are then free to explore the city for 3 hours. They then take the children back home.
We currently have a special need for volunteers from Statesville and Garysburg
MATCH has many opportunities for people to tell our story to a variety of groups, including churches, women's organizations, and civic clubs. Speakers are needed from all areas of the state. Training and materials for speakers are provided.
Members of the following committees help MATCH provide our services and maintain the support that we need:
- Fund Development
Board of Directors
The MATCH Board of Directors directs all aspects of the program. Each year we are looking for people who can provide significant guidance and support to the organization.
Requirements and Training
All volunteer positions require a criminal background check and training by MATCH, which is scheduled as needed throughout the year.
Visit supervisors and anyone entering the prison for special events must also complete the Prison Volunteer Training.
The schedule for volunteer training for 2013 is:
New Volunteers: (This training must be completed prior to MATCH training for Visit Supervisors)
- Saturday, February 9, 9 am -12 noon. Applications for MATCH and the prison are due by February 25
- Saturday, August 17, 9 am - 12 noon. Applications for MATCH and the prison are due by August 2.
Renewal Training for Continuing Volunteers:
- Thursday, January 24, 6-8 pm. New Prison applications due by January 10.
- Thursday, May 15, 6 - 8 pm. New prison applications due by May 1.
- Thursday, September 18, 6 : 8 pm. New prison applications due by Sept. 12.