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We have received requests from other prisons around the world. We are currently fundraising to expand our program offerings!

One-time donations or monthly pledges
are all gratefully put to good use.

$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!

All donations make a difference!


“What you can do inside of yourself really has the potential to change the world.”
-Inmate, Valley State Prison for Women


Special thanks to our wonderful sponsors who have donated funds, services and supplies to make our work possible. We are grateful for all contributions.



Please contact us if you would like to be part of our growing list of supporters.



Our volunteers are extraordinary! We are fortunate to have the support of a large and dedicated group, many of whom have stepped forward in loving service repeatedly since the project began.

Prison Volunteers

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.


Community Volunteers (Santa Barbara County)

We are also developing a team of Community Volunteers. If you are interested in being of service in Santa Barbara County, please contact us.

New Volunteer Training

In response to overwhelming new interest, we will be holding a two-day, comprehensive new volunteer Service Learning Training Program on October 21st and 22nd. Our team is hopeful that once you experience these two days you will feel called to the work of Freedom to Choose as much as we are! At that point, upon successful completion of our new volunteer Service Learning Training Program, you will have the opportunity to volunteer in our amazing Prison Projects.

In addition to the actual projects, this training prepares you to be involved with us in so many other ways, or just to learn our unique skills for your own development. We’ve heard countless times that the skills we teach are deep, useful and lasting, on both a personal and professional level, and we’re excited to finally welcome the opportunity to teach them.

Date: October 21st & 22nd, 2017
Time: 10am – 6pm; Registration begins at 9 am
Location: Hilton Garden Inn
Address: 4200 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

We have a group rate with the hotel for those who travel and there are lots of options nearby. Hotel info will be provided with registration confirmation emails. We’ll provide snacks and refreshments, and people will be responsible for their own meals.

Space is limited! Please register in Advance.

Volunteer Team Member’s Information Portal

If you are part of an upcoming team, please click on the appropriate link below for information specific to each project.

~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