Advance the Light Banquet:
CLI’s annual banquets are held in October. We have a former inmate who had been touched by CLI as our guest speaker. If you have banquet experience, we’d like to talk with you.
CLI hosts church and school service teams every month. Some come after school and others on Saturday. We can handle a group of up to 10 volunteers at our Raleigh or Atlanta site.
We personally answer every letter that we receive from inmates. CLI volunteers read the letters and respond in a professional loving way. They encourage with scripture and mentor the inmate in a godly fashion. Letters are received handwritten but our response is written on a computer and saved. We encourage discipleship but not pen pal activity.
We offer two free correspondence Bible Studies to help inmates influence the ideas, opinions and actions of others for Christ. CLI volunteers review the lessons with an answer key and make appropriate comments. Once the lesson is reviewed, it is mailed back to the inmate with the next lesson.
The CLI Newsletter:
Writing, photography, layout and mailing preparation skills are needed. Bulk mailing experience is a plus. CLI publishes a quarterly newsletter which is distributed by both mail and email.
Join us in prayer each week. CLI prayer warriors pray for God’s will with praises, thanksgiving and prayer requests. Many prayer warriors pray from their home.
CLI engages our partners and volunteers through our social networking sites including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, our Website and periodic email updates. We seek to use the Internet to glorify God and to communicate with all our partners around the world.
Counting, Reviewing, Stamping and Packing – CLI receives a wide variety of Christian and some non-Christian materials that must be counted and sorted and packed according to each Chaplain’s needs. Our best sorters are very familiar with Christian authors and publishers.
Every book and Bible that is approved for shipping is stamped with our address. This allows the inmate to write to us. Youth groups and adults especially enjoy this activity.
Help keep our network running and software programs in top condition. We use Raiser’s Edge, Quick Books and Microsoft Office.
Volunteer now: Volunteer Form
Off Site or Virtual Opportunities
CLI Wants to Partner With You Right Where You Are!
We currently partner with churches and individuals all over the US who donate Christian books to us. We also partner with other ministries such as Prison Fellowship, Billy Graham and Kairos. Christian bookstores such as Lifeway and Family Christian Stores collect Bibles for us. Bible publishers such as Biblica,Tyndale and Crossway have donated thousands of Bibles to CLI. We have been blessed!
The Lord has blessed us with a great success in the prisons, but now He has given us the opportunity to do more – much more.
… from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. Luke 12:48
Right now CLI is expanding in Atlanta with its own receiving and shipping operation! We would love to do the same in your community!
Some Other Virtual Opportunities
Bible Study Reviewers:
Volunteers are needed who know their Bible well to review inmate Bible study lessons. This is an ideal position for a seniors Sunday school or seniors small group. CLI has over 9,000 inmates all over the country enrolled in our correspondence Bible study. Training is provided and our website has the answer sheet. This activity is completely done by mail and your confidentiality is protected. Most CLI volunteers serve two hours per week.
Visit local churches in your own area and help build relationships with CLI. Share the CLI story of reaching inmates. Encourage local churches to do Christian book and drives, volunteer and to partner with us financially. We have a short video about CLI you can use with groups or your pastor.
Praises and requests are emailed to volunteers who are called by God and will commit to praying for CLI 15 minutes every week. You may pray from your home, office, church or virtually anywhere. CLI has always been a praying ministry.
Newsletter Reporting and Writing:
Receive and suggesting topics for the next newsletter. Help to proof and edit the final product is also part of this volunteer position. Writing experience necessary.
Volunteer your expertise in social networking. We are active on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter
Other opportunities crop up occasionally. If you have expertise we can use, please let us know.
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