Jeff's Second Family PenPal Ministry offers a Volunteer correspondence program for Incarcerated Individuals. Recently, a few Inmates who only write and speak Spanish, have come onto the program, and are requesting a Spanish-speaking PenPal Volunteer with whom to correspond. If you are bi-lingual Spanish/English and are at least 18 years of age, this Volunteer opportunity might be right for you. Many of the Inmates do not have family or friends with whom to correspond, and you can make a real difference in their lives by corresponding with them in their native tongue. If you are interested in joining this PenPal program, please email me back at your convenience, and I will send you the Information Sheet for Prospective PenPal Volunteers. Thanks and Blessings, Richard Holley
Date Posted: Jan 29, 2024
BECOME A PENPAL WITH SOMEONE WHO IS INCARCERATED Food for Children, Inc. has established a new program to provide PenPals to those who are in prison. Our mission is to share normal conversation, stories, and true friendship with those who are incarcerated; to give them a connection to society beyond prison walls. To volunteer, you must be at least 18 years old. We also work to provide food, clothing, education and other assistance to the poor especially in developing nations. WHAT IS NEEDED AND WHY: Volunteer as a PenPal Correspondent with someone who is incarcerated. Make a huge difference in his/her life. You will enrich your life as well. Jeff’s Second Family PenPal Ministry was co-founded by Harold Jeff Morrison, an inmate of the Texas Correctional System, in partnership with Delilah Finkley Acquaah and Richard Holley, and with the assistance of Food For Children Inc. (a not-for-profit hunger relief organization located in New York City). Jeff’s Second Family PenPal Ministry is open to all prisoners and welcomes PenPal volunteers from every walk of life who want to make a difference. Please consider devoting a few minutes, whenever possible, to correspond with someone who is in prison. Prisoners lose hope because their connections with family and friends are often broken. Jeff’s Second Family PenPal Ministry is a community of caring people who believe in second chances. WHERE: Volunteering is done from the comfort of your own home by corresponding electronically with your PenPal, at your own pace, from either a Personal Computer or a Smart Device (Cell Phone or Tablet). REQUIREMENTS: To volunteer, you must be at least 18 years old. Our MISSION is to share normal conversation, stories, and true friendship with those who are incarcerated; to give them a connection to society beyond prison walls. When writing letters to an Inmate, please include our return address at the top of your letter: Jeff’s Second Family PenPal Ministry, c/o Food For Children, Inc. 70-22 165th Street, Flushing, NY 11365. If interested in volunteering, please email Richard Holley at firstname.lastname@example.org or Delilah Finkley Acquaah at email@example.com to begin. In the email Subject Line, please include: Jeff’s Second Family PenPal Ministry. Once you decide to volunteer, we will scan and email you one or more letters from Inmates requesting a PenPal. If you accept one of these Inmates as your PenPal, we will provide you with the Inmate’s information necessary to begin your correspondence. We will also provide you with specific instructions in order to Register and Use the E-Messaging System to send electronic mail to your PenPal. When you write your first e-messaging letter to your Inmate PenPal, it could be just a quick "hello" and perhaps respond to something mentioned in their INTRO letter. Securus E-Messaging is a TWO-WAY COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM to both SEND AND RECEIVE electronic messages. Your First and Last names will appear on your electronic message sent through the prison e-mail system. To check if you have received a message back from your Inmate PenPal, log in to Securus, and check your Inbox. For safety reasons, all mail sent and received is pre-screened by prison authorities. Always use the Securus E-Messaging Interface, and never include your personal email address, phone number, or physical mailing address when sending E-Messages to the Inmate. Your relationship with your Inmate PenPal should be based upon mutual respectfulness and will evolve naturally over time as you become more comfortable with each other. The main goal is for your Inmate PenPal to know that he or she is not forgotten by all society beyond their prison walls. YOU CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN SOMEONE’S LIFE. THANK YOU!!
Date Posted: Mar 4, 2024