HCJPD provides supervision, supportive services and treatment programs to thousands of referred children and families each year. HCJPD understands utilizing volunteers gives the community the opportunity to enhance the lives of youth by providing meaningful activities and resources that promote pro-social, educational, emotional and spiritual growth, and healthy family relationships. HCJPD collaborates with several community partners to maximize available resources and utilize volunteers to provide opportunities that enable youth to become responsible and productive citizens.
HCJPD Community Partners
Our community partners provide the majority of the dedicated volunteers who donate their time to HCJPD. Each community partner requires potential volunteers to pass a criminal background check, F.A.S.T. fingerprinting and complete volunteer orientation training.
HCJPD Internal Volunteer Placement
HCJPD places volunteers internally who provide assistance to probation officers, facility staff, education staff and support services. Volunteers are also assigned to particular projects that require specialized knowledge and skills. These positions are available based on agency needs and internal requests for volunteers.
The HCJPD Volunteer program is not designed for short-term placements for students or other individuals seeking to experience the juvenile justice field or to earn community service hours. The primary objective of the volunteer program is meeting agency needs in providing services to Harris County children and families. Individuals seeking learn about the juvenile justice system or pursuing work experience with the agency should participate in HCJPD’s Internship Program.
To be considered for an available volunteer placement within HCJPD, you must meet the following requirements:
• Be at least 21 years of age
• Complete and submit a HCJPD Volunteer Application
• Pass criminal background check (No misdemeanors in last 5 years or felonies in last 10 years)
• Interview for the available volunteer position
• Submit to F.A.S.T. fingerprinting
• Complete the required volunteer orientation training
• Make a commitment to donate at least 8 hours a month for 6 months, or commit to complete assigned project
• Submit three character reference letters
If you are interested in an available internal volunteer placement with HCJPD, please download and complete the HCJPD Volunteer Application. Please scan the completed form and email it to Tom.Hough@hcjpd.hctx.net.