|National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, urges all of us to make giving back to our communities part of our lives. Hundreds of Department of Corrections (DOC) staff give up free time and financial resources to coach, lead 4-H and scouts, tutor reading and math students, serve on school and civic boards and councils, provide search and rescue, support the arts, along with a myriad of other deserving organizations and programs.
DOC and thousands of adults in custody benefit from the time and talent donated by more than 2,100 volunteers coming to us from the communities surrounding our institutions and beyond.
In brief, during 2016-17 (to date) DOC volunteers have provided an array of specialized programs including: Non-Violent Communications, Quilting, and Crochet, 12-Step meetings, Home for Good in Oregon Reentry, Theater Arts productions, Inside Out Prison Exchange, Insight Development Group, Dog Training, Through A Child’s Eyes (TACE), College and University Internships, Intergenerational Women’s Choir, OSU Master Gardeners and Let-tuce Grow Gardening classes, Rodeo Ministry, New Directions Education, Creative Arts, Yoga, Toastmasters, African American Program Mentorships, Group Dialogue, Phoenix Rising Transition, New Hope for E.O. Animals, SPP-Oregon Beekeepers, Write Around Portland, Grief Recovery, 7th Step Foundation, Family Preservation, many major faith groups, Men of Purpose, Women of Purpose, Native American Activities, CURE, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Victim Services Facilitated Dialogues — to name a few.
The Points of Light Institute, an organization advocating and organizing civic engagement and service opportunities, has been celebrating National Volunteer Week for more than 20 years. If you are not already contributing, please consider making 2017 your year to volunteer!