We Need Your Help.

Share Your Time or Treasure

The Foundation of HOPE relies on the support of others like you to help us make a difference. Click on the tabs below to learn how you can get involved by sharing your gift of time, financial support, and donated goods.

donate-insetVolunteers are always needed in the Chaplaincy, Pre-Release, and Aftercare programs. Volunteers teach classes, visit inmates, lead worship services, serve as mentors, help with office work, and perform many other tasks. The Foundation of HOPE recruits and trains mature volunteers from religious and secular communities in the Pittsburgh area to:

  • Lead worship services;
  • Conduct religious instruction classes;
  • Do individual visitation as Volunteer Chaplains;
  • Process inmate requests and perform office work;
  • Teach or assist with teaching classes to inmates participating in the HOPE Pre-Release inter-faith program; and
  • Become a mentor for an inmate or reentrant with the HOPE Aftercare Program

If you’re interested in volunteering your time, please complete and submit our Volunteer Application.

Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age, willing to attend necessary training, and able to pass a background check. Chaplaincy volunteers must also be officially endorsed by a faith community.

financial-support-inset-blueFinancial support is greatly needed to sustain, expand, and build the capacity of HOPE’s services. Donations are used to purchase religious literature, hygiene supplies, holiday gifts, and other items. HOPE also helps ex-offenders to find employment by providing bus passes to interviews and access to computer workstations to research jobs. Financial donations to HOPE are tax-deductible.

Tax-deductible gifts can be sent to:

The Foundation of HOPE
950 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Checks can be made payable to “Foundation of HOPE.”



HOPE welcomes the following types of donated paperback books (in new or good condition):

  • Bibles, commentaries, Bible study guides, concordances
  • Religious devotionals or other religious material
  • Qur’ans, Tafsirs, Hadiths
  • New World Translation Bibles, Watchtower Publications: Awake & Watchtower
  • Torah, Talmud, Prayer Books, Tnach, Jewish Chronicle, Jewish Press Magazines, and recent paperback books
  • Positive paperback books, both fiction and non-fiction (must be non-violent and have no inappropriate material)


The Pre-Release Program accepts positive DVDs (must be non-violent and have no inappropriate material)

Toiletry Items

Full-size (not trial size) toiletry items:

  • Shampoo
  • Lotion
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant

Sweat Suits

Many inmates arrive at the jail during the summer, but are released during the winter with only their summer clothes to wear. The Chaplains’ office provides sweat suits to inmates who need warm clothing when they are released. Please follow these donation guidelines:

  • New sweatpants/sweatshirts in sizes XL/XXL
  • No hoods, writing, or graphics
  • No red or maroon

Graduation Gifts

The HOPE Pre-Release Program rewards graduates with holy books from their faith. We are always in need of new Gift Bibles, as well as a variety of new books from other faiths.

Christmas Cards

We accept unused Christmas cards and give each inmate two cards to send at Christmas time.

Holiday Gifts for Inmates

The Chaplain’s Office gives a holiday gift to each inmate. Each package of gifts is identical and contains items such as writing tablets, pens, combs, soap, thermal shirts, packets of cocoa, candy bars, etc. Faith communities often choose one or more items to donate. If your faith community would be interested in providing one of the items for our holiday gifts, please contact the Chaplain’s Office.

If you have other items that you would like to donate or think might be useful, please call 412-350-2057.