Volunteer Recruitment Callout

Are you interested in pursuing a meaningful volunteer opportunity? Do you believe that libraries have a role in contributing to social justice in your community? Do you think that everybody should have unfettered access to information? If you answered yes to the above questions, then the Greater Edmonton Library Association’s Women’s Prison & Library Reintegration Subcommittee is for you!

This subcommittee of the Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) is a group of volunteers from the library community working on an ongoing basis in the Edmonton Institution for Women (EIFW), a Federal prison for women.

The subcommittee is recruiting dedicated volunteers for the following programs:

· Storybook Project: women record themselves reading aloud; that recording is sent to children in their families.

· Writing Group: facilitating a series creative writing sessions with the women.

· General Population Book Club: a book club dedicated to reading adult literature.

· Book Borrowing Project: a partnership with Edmonton Public Library (EPL) that allows inmates to access EPL materials.

Time commitment is minimal: after completing volunteer training that will be provided for you, the time commitment is typically two to four hours a month or less.

You will receive specialized training provided by Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) and become part of a progressive committee working to support literacy services for incarcerated women. Volunteers become a big part of the women’s lives and help provide community connections for their reintegration.

If you interested in becoming a volunteer, please email us at gelaprisonproject AT gmail DOT COM.

Aging Behind Bars

“Care for aging prisoners is at least twice as expensive than for younger prisoners because this population:

* Has more health problems and requires more medical care
* Requires longer and more frequent hospitalizations
* Needs care outside of the prison system, which represents 72 percent of all healthcare costs spent on aging prisoners.”

Read more at the Criminal Justice Degree Hub

http://www.criminaljusticedegreehub.com/geriatric-prisoners/

Book Borrowing Project Volunteers Needed

The General Population Book Borrowing Project and the Secure Unit Borrowing Project are seeking new volunteers! We are in great need of at least a few more volunteers for each program to keep them running smoothly. Help get much needed library material to incarcerated women with limited access. It’s fun, and can be a very fullfilling experience.

Please read the postings below, and contact me Laura Young:  lyoung @ epl.ca

General Population Borrowing Project

Volunteers pick up material from the Woodcroft Edmonton Public Library, deliver items to the library in the General Population unit of the EIFW , socialize with the women, take requests for the next visit and return items to Woodcroft library. Volunteers work in pairs.

Requirments of volunteers: Commit to a minimum of two visits in a six month period. It is important that you can attend all visits that you sign up for;       Complete required police checks and EIFW volunteer training.

This is a fun visit that provides a much needed and appreciated service to the women of the EIFW.

Secure Unit Borrowing Project

Volunteers pick up material from the Woodcroft Edmonton Public Library, deliver items to the Maximum Security  Unit of the EIFW , socialize with the women, take requests for the next visit and return items to Woodcroft library. Volunteers work in pairs.

Visits occur the second Saturday of the month between 1pm and 4pm.

Requirements of volunteers:

·         Have previous experience working at the EIFW in a volunteer capacity and feel comfortable in a corrections environment.

·         Commit to a minimum of two visits in a six month period. It is important that you can attend all visits that you sign up for.

The Maximum Security Unit Borrowing Project is an important service to the women in maximum security at the EIFW. Conditions in the unit can be  intense, as the environment is tightly controlled. Volunteers who have experience working at the EIFW or a similar corrections institute are encouraged to volunteer for this much needed service.