Because no one is just another brick in the wall.
Acknowledging Volunteers: Jails, Prisons, and Post-Incarceration Reentry
Volunteers who give of their time in jails, prisons, and reentry impact lives. One woman who showed up at an event in the jail where she was sentenced saw a volunteer one evening - a woman she'd seen volunteering over several years. The woman serving time said, "You're still here [i.e., volunteering]. Oh.....somebody actually cares."
Yes, volunteers care. Prison and reentry volunteers participate in "civic engagement" that touches lives taht are among the most marginalized. Fyodor Dostoevsky: "The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.""When I was in prison, you visited me." (Matthew 25:36) "Whatsover you do for the least of your fellows, that you do for me." (Matthew 25:45) Making a difference in jails, prisons, and reentry "raises the boat" for everyone; it measurably makes "the bottom" higher.
We acknowledge volunteers here. The National Network of Prison Nonprofits invites statements of volunteer acknowledgement from "prison and reentry nonprofits," jails and prisons, faith leaders, people who have received services and support from "prison and reentry volunteers," and other organizations that come into contact with "prison and reentry volunteers" (corrections-focused organizations, universities, etc.).
Volunteers by State
Mark Adolph and Len Kannapell - both of Seattle - travel every spring to bring the play Pair o' Postles to correctional facilities throughout western states and provinces.
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