Be a Volunteer

Our growing community of readers and volunteers is drawn from all over the U.S., Canada, and other parts of the world. They come from all walks of life and range in age from 18 years old to octogenarians. The diversity of their backgrounds and experience is matched only by the variety of benefits they find in working with College Guild.

A College Guild reader can contribute as much time as they would like. You do not need to have a particular expertise. There may also be other opportunities for volunteering, ranging from administrative work to creating new courses.  


If you are interested in being a reader with College Guild:

  1. Please review our Reader Guidelines

  2. A Volunteer Agreement must be signed and returned to us before you begin your work with College Guild.

  3. You can scan and email it to us, or mail a paper copy. Upon its receipt, you will be contacted for a brief orientation that can be completed in person or by phone. 


If you have any questions about volunteering, please complete the form on the right to contact us.


“College Guild has opened up my mind. This organization challenges stereotypes about [incarcerated people]. I have loved being able to read [their writing] and provide them with feedback.  I understand the importance of being listened to and respected, and it is very rewarding to feel as though I am helping to empower a group of people whose opinions are usually disregarded."

-K., college student and volunteer

Community Partners

College Guild has developed strong partnerships with students of Bates College and Bowdoin College. Student-led clubs at these schools support volunteer reader orientations and community events, and provide a significant number of our readers. College Guild has also partnered with several local prison systems in the U.S. Through these partnerships, the local prison systems are able to utilize our courses to reach a significant number of students on a local scale.  

Engaging with prison systems and educational communities is crucial to our mission, as it helps us to reach more prisoners who are seeking education and enrichment. If you would look like to learn more about our community partnerships, or would like to become a partner, please contact us.


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