$30 – Covers a re-entry class for a parolee who wants to be successful in the “free world”
$100 – Pays for one inmate to attend an entire 2-day workshop in prison
$300 – Funds a classroom of at-risk teens learning healthy ways to deal with anger
$1,000 – Pays for 200 male inmates to attend weekly refresher courses in prison
$3,087.47 – Matches the male inmates’ donation!
$15,000 – Enables us to expand to a new prison or community project
$20,000 – Supports an advanced 2-day workshop for inmates
You can also donate $10 (or more) each month…..easy to do for almost everyone!
Please contact us if you would like to be part of our growing list of supporters.
The prison volunteers donate their time and pay their own way to support workshop participants in learning the skills taught in the program. Over 400 volunteers have participated. Typically, a group of 40-80 volunteers are an integral part of each Freedom to Choose program.
Volunteering in Freedom to Choose is an opportunity to express the highest part of yourself. Each team is comprised of new and returning volunteers and is chosen afresh.
Volunteering requires completing of a training workshop first. The next step is to participate in one of the large, weekend workshops at one of the prisons. After that, volunteers are qualified to join any of our large workshops, or visit one of our weekly support groups.
We currently work in 3 prisons, 2 in Madera, CA and 1 in Corona, CA and we’re in the planning stages of a Jail Project in Santa Barbara.
If you would like more information on volunteering, please click below.
We are also developing a team of Community Volunteers. If you are interested in being of service in Santa Barbara County, please contact us.
The Freedom to Choose Project growth continues in a big way and we will be needing more fantastic volunteers! We have received a grant from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to offer our programs in a new prison – the California Institution for Women (CIW) located in Corona, CA. Accordingly, we will be conducting our service learning training and are looking for highly dedicated, heart-centered people who want to learn our skills and share them on a consistent basis with our participants.
While completion of the new volunteer training will qualify people to participate in any Freedom to Choose workshop, the next workshop we’re building the team for is a our first workshop at CIW. Details for both programs are as follows:
Date: October 21st & 22nd, 2017
Time: 10am – 6pm (tentatively)
Where: Hilton Garden Inn
Address: 4200 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
*we have space for 80 new volunteers total on a first come, first serve basis. We’ll be working out a group rate with the hotel for those who travel and there are lots of options nearby. We’ll provide snacks and refreshments, and people will be responsible for their own meals.
Date: December 1st-3rd, 2017
Time: Friday evening orientation (exact time TBD), Saturday all day, and Sunday all day but departing around 5pm
Where: California Institution for Women (CIW)
Address: 16756 Chino Corona Road, Corona, CA 92880
*If driving to this program works for you than game on, but if not we usually work out a group rate of $80 per night for rooms at a hotel nearby. The hotel provides breakfast, we provide lunch at the prison on Saturday and Sunday, and volunteers are responsible for their own dinner plans.
~Valley State Prison (VSP) September 30th – October 1st, 2017 (with orientation September 29th) Volunteers click for program info. *This program is currently full.
~Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) November 4th – 5th, 2017 (with orientation November 3rd) Volunteers click for program info. *This program is currently full.
~California Institution for Women (CIW) December 2nd – 3rd, 2017 (with orientation December 1st) Volunteer info coming soon.
~VSP Men’s Mentor Group – Sunday’s 12:30pm-4:00pm (If interested, please email FTC)
~VSP Youth Offender Program – Mondays 5:30pm-9:00pm (If interested, please email FTC)
~Santa Barbara Jail Project – (Tentative Start Date) – Winter 2017