Missouri's volunteers in corrections to be recognized during National Volunteers Week

The Missouri Department of Corrections is commemorating volunteers in corrections (VICs) during National Volunteers Week April 21-27. National Volunteer Week presents an opportunity to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service.

During 2012, around 1,800 volunteers assisted the department in providing programming and services to offenders in state correctional centers, community release centers and probation and parole offices. In all, VICs provided approximately 62,058 hours of volunteer service. Volunteer service is valued in Missouri at $19 per hour by the independent sector. Based on that figure, Missouri’s volunteers in corrections provided the equivalent of more than $1, 179,102 in volunteer services last year. The department recognizes that a dollar value cannot be placed on the service of a volunteer as the impact of the volunteer is truly immeasurable and priceless.

For information about the Department of Corrections volunteer program, call Supervisor of Volunteer Services Melissa Massman at (573) 526-6491.