Because no one is just another brick in the wall.
Ready to volunteer at a jail or prison? Or with a reentry program in your community?
Here are the broad types of volunteer activities that are commonly available:
Preventative services designed to keep high-risk individuals from coming into conflict with the law. Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs, the Just Keep Livin Foundation, and other social service agencies provide varied services for persons at risk of getting into trouble.
Services for incarcerated individuals. Rehabilitative programming, building positive community connections for incarcerated persons who will later re-enter the community, faith-based activities ( prison ministry ), support for families of incarcerated individuals, educational and tutoring services, books for prisoners, self-help groups, arts and crafts programs, gardening, and one-on-one mentoring are among the more common activities for volunteers at correctional facilities.
Community re-entry services for offenders coming back into society. Join or start a local re-entry organization that supports offenders to successfully re-enter the community (for example: help arrange bus passes or interview clothing for offenders who get released with no transportation or appropriate clothing for finding a job), help specific individuals connect with community services (help them find resources such as job clubs, social service agencies, or self-help clubs), and/or provide a positive support network.
A good personal reason to volunteer: volunteering is linked to better health! Check it out here!
If you think you may be up for getting involved, contact us . We will connect you in with existing prison-volunteer groups in your community. When there isn't a prison-volunteer group in your community, we will help you start one!
Community programming brings civil society into jails, prisons, and post-prison reentry. Participate today!
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