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Help incarcerated people at the DeKalb County Jail read to their children

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ORGANIZATION: Companions Journeying Together, Inc

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Aunt Mary's Storybook, a project of Companions Journeying Together, is looking for a compassionate volunteer to help bring joy and connection to families separated by incarceration. This particular role operates within the DeKalb County Jail in Sycamore.

Our Mission: We provide incarcerated individuals with a selection of age-appropriate books and audio recorders, assisting them in choosing the perfect book for the children they love. The participants are then given the opportunity to record themselves reading these books, and our organization sends the books and heartfelt recordings to the children.

Volunteer Role: We're seeking a volunteer to join us on a monthly basis (the first Friday of each month, from 10 AM to 12 noon) at the DeKalb County Jail. Here's what you'll do:

  • Help incarcerated people choose books that will resonate with the children most important to them (their own children, stepchildren, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc.)
  • Assist with the recording sessions, capturing these special moments on a digital audio recorder
  • Work alongside an existing, experienced volunteer, learning the ropes and making a difference

Who We're Looking For:

  • Open-mindedness: Someone open to working with diverse and justice-involved populations, embracing the chance to make a positive impact.
  • Flexibility: A volunteer who's adaptable to changing schedules or session cancellations due to facility circumstances (e.g., lockdowns).
  • Relevant Experience (Preferred, but Not Required): Previous experience in education, teaching, reading, literacy, tutoring, public speaking, social work, or related skills/abilities and initiatives will be a valuable addition.
  • Positive Disposition: A calm and cool exterior, positive demeanor, and the ability to deal with multiple differing personalities, creating a supportive and encouraging environment.
  • Background check: Willingness to undergo a background check.

Why Volunteer With Us: As part of Aunt Mary's Storybook, you'll be actively involved in creating lasting memories and fostering connections between parents and children. Your contribution will have a significant impact on families, providing comfort and love across the miles.

Get Involved: If this opportunity resonates with you, and you're eager to make a meaningful difference, please contact us. You'll be directed to our website to complete the CJT Volunteer Application.

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About Companions Journeying Together, Inc


PO Box 457, Western Springs, IL 60558, US

Mission Statement

We offer programs that serve incarcerated people and their families.


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.


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


We'll work with your schedule.


150 North Main StreetSycamore, IL 60178



  • Customer Service
  • Child Development
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Reading / Writing
  • Library Sciences


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3-4 hours/month
  • Volunteer must have a form of reliable transportation.

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