New Volunteers

Get Involved!
Here’s How You Can Participate…

Be a team member

Kairos volunteers come from all walks and strata of life. They all share a desire to follow Christ’s admonition of Matthew 25:36, “I was in prison and you visited me.” If you feel God’s call to minister to the incarcerated as a part of a Kairos team, contact the State Chairperson to inquire about how you can get involved, or contact the Kairos national office to find out about qualification and training and to be put in touch with the local Kairos community. This is the ultimate participation in a Kairos team. Men, for male prisons, and women, for female prisons, enter the institution and by “Listen, Listen, Love, Love” become the tools of the Holy Spirit and help the residents experience the love of God. It is an awesome experience. Inside team members should have completed a Four-Day weekend such as Cursillo, Koinonia, or Walk to Emmaus to be eligible to enter the prison. They must be badged as a volunteer by the institution and attend the team formation meetings.

If you are interested email Tom Peryea

Be a Prayer Partner

All Kairos activities are covered with prayer. You can be a part of that prayer effort.

If you are interested email Tom Peryea.

Be a Support Volunteer

Each Kairos retreat weekend has opportunities for outside support, such as baking cookies, writing letters of support, or preparing meals.

We need at least 100 dozen cookies every weekend. At some institutions home-made cookies are needed and at other facilities the cookies must be store bought/packaged cookies. If you want to donate cookies, please e-mail the Advisory Council chair of a prison near you to make arrangements to have the cookies picked up.

Everyone in the prison gets at least two dozen Kairos cookies when we are there. It is a Kairos trademark that lets everyone know we are there to Listen, Listen, Love, Love. We have special recipes to follow and encourage anyone to help. When baking homemade cookies please make sure the dough has no nuts or fruit.

Agape Letters

As part of the Kairos Four-Day weekend, the residents are allowed to receive letters. Many times these will be the only mail a resident has ever received while being incarcerated. The letters should be signed with the first name only and we will give them to them.The letters are sacked in special bags and given to them. You can write Agape letters too. Please e-mail the Advisory Council chair of a prison near you to make arrangements to have the Agape letters picked up.


Some facilities allow home cooked meals for all the residents experiencing the weekend, for security staff, and for the Kairos volunteers. If cooking is your thing, email Tom Peryea. We can use your help.

Be a Ministry Financial Booster

All Kairos activities are funded by donations. If you would like to support this ministry by a financial donation, please follow the steps below. It requires about $125 per resident to conduct a Four-Day weekend. You may also help by donating a gift card from a local grocery store like Tops or Wegmans. Please e-mail Tom Peryea to find out where to send your gift card.

To make a donation to the NYS Kairos Committee via the U.S. Mail, please send to:

Kairos of NY
PO Box 124
Campbell Hall, NY 10916

Checks should be made payable to: Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc.

“Please indicate on the “Memo Line” which Advisory Council you would like your donation to be credited to.”

Attend a Kairos Weekend Holy Hour

Please e-mail Tom Peryea to find out the date, time, and location of the Holy Hour at a prison near you.

Prayer for Kairos Volunteers

Dear Holy Spirit,

Please help those who hearYour call only as a whisper. That they may know it is You calling them to service. May You fill those You call with the grace and courage to respond to Your whisper. I will pray, encourage, and support those whom You have chosen to be a Kairos Volunteer.