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Help incarcerated people in Kane County read to their children

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ORGANIZATION: Companions Journeying Together, Inc

  • 40 people are interested

Are you passionate about making a difference and spreading the joy of reading? The Aunt Mary's Storybook Project is seeking a dedicated volunteer. Join us in creating a bridge of stories that incarcerated people with the children most important to them, bringing hope and happiness to families.

Your Role in the Storybook Project:

  • Help Select & Share Stories: Help incarcerated people (our participants) choose a book from our inventory for each one of the children most important to them (their own children, stepchildren, nieces, nephews, brothers, and sisters).
  • Assist in Heartfelt Readings: Guide participants in reading and recording stories for the kids, creating lasting memories.
  • Bring Your Muscle Power: Ability to lift and move bags of books weighing up to 15 lbs, playing an essential part in the heart of our story distribution efforts.
  • Collaborate with a Purpose: Work alongside our team to ensure a smooth and impactful program.

What We Need in Our Heroes:

  • Ready to commit for at least one (1) year starting in ~July/August 2024.
  • Empathy with a Dash of Assertiveness: Have a heart as big as the sky and the gentle assertiveness of a wise mentor. Your skill in empathetically guiding participants, while keeping sessions focused and productive, is crucial in creating meaningful reading experiences.
  • Detail Detective: Harness your superpower of noticing the little things on handwritten forms. Your attention to detail ensures every story is perfectly prepared, enriching the connection between the reader and their loved ones.
  • Pass a background check. Depending on certain factors, individuals impacted by the criminal legal system may be able to volunteer.
  • Have reliable transportation.
  • Capable of lifting 15 lb bags of books.

Extra Magical Traits:

  • Bilingual Storyteller: Are you fluent in Spanish? Your linguistic talents can help us weave stories across more communities!
  • Compassion Captain for Incarcerated Families: Your insights from working with families affected by incarceration are invaluable in guiding our compassionate outreach.
  • Group Guidance Guru: If you’ve got a knack for facilitating groups, your leadership can help create dynamic and impactful sessions.
  • Social Services Superstar: Got experience in social services? Your skills and insights can supercharge our mission!

Why Volunteer With Us?

  • Make an impactful difference in the lives of families.
  • Become a part of a story that brings joy and connection.
  • Grow in a role that enriches both you and others.
  • Join a community committed to making a difference.

Ready to Join?

Step forward and mark your calendars for a fulfilling volunteering journey starting in mid-2024. Your dedication and effort can light up the lives of children and families with the warmth of stories.

After you contact us through VolunteerMatch, we will direct you to complete the volunteer application linked on our website.

"Let's turn pages and change lives together!"

1 Shift

  • evening / 06:15 PM to 09:30 PM
    Second Wednesday of each month
  • NONE OF THESE TIMES WORK FOR ME, BUT I CAN STILL HELP
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About Companions Journeying Together, Inc

Location:

PO Box 457, Western Springs, IL 60558, US

Mission Statement

We offer programs that serve incarcerated people and their families.

Description

Send new books to the children of prisoners with a recording of the parents reading the stories.

Send mail to prisoners including Christmas and birthday cards/personal correspondence.

Provide stationery at Mother's Day so families can communicate with each other.

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Justice & Legal
Children & Youth, Education & Literacy, Justice & Legal

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 1 shift

WHERE

37W755 Illinois 38St Charles, IL 60175

(41.94222,-88.39626)
 

SKILLS

  • Literacy / Reading
  • Reading / Writing
  • General Education
  • Customer Service

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 4 hours/month; plus orientation/training and ongoing development
  • Willingness to work with justice-involved populations, cool and calm exterior, flexibility, empathetic yet assertive personality

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