Our volunteers are extraordinary! We are fortunate to have the support of a large and dedicated group, many of whom have continually stepped forward in loving service since the project began. Volunteering with The Freedom to Choose Project (FTC) is an enriching experience which provides each volunteer with opportunities to be of service in addition to mastering the same skills we offer our participants. These skills support greater healing, effective communication, emotional intelligence, self determination, and a higher degree of happiness.
Becoming a Volunteer
Potential Opportunities to Volunteer
To find out about scheduled projects and events, please visit our Calendar of Events page HERE.
To be informed about our latest news and events, including volunteer projects and deadlines, you can sign up for email notifications through our contact form HERE.
Weekly Support Groups:
Once you have participated in one of the weekend Pathways to Freedom Workshops, you are invited to join one or all of our weekly support groups. If you are interested please email us at email@example.com.
Valley State Prison
Freedom to Choose offers 3 weekly support groups at Valley State Prison (VSP). The Men’s Mentor Support Group, also known as ILTAG (a prison term for Inmate Leisure Time Activity Group), has two classes – an advanced and an original. There are more participants than we can fit in one class, so we offer the classes weekly, but they separate into two groups that each come once every other week. The Youth Offender Program is a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation program that we currently support by teaching our skills to their mentees once a week.
- Weekly Advanced Mentor Support Group (Advanced ILTAG)
- Group A 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, every other Sunday (same as group C)
- Group B 1:00pm – 3:39 pm, every other Sunday (same as group D)
- Weekly Original Mentor Support Group
- Group C 2:00pm – 4:00 pm, every other Sunday (same as group A)
- Group D 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, every other Sunday (same as group B)
- Weekly Youth Offender Program
- 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm, Mondays
California Institution for Women
We are currently setting up the start of our first weekly support group at the California Institution for Women (CIW). The anticipated start is January of 2018. Updates coming soon!
- Please keep in mind that the prisons may cancel groups at any time for a holiday, a logistical issue, an administrative break, or a variety of reasons.
- Volunteers need to arrive at visitor processing no later than 1/2 an hour before the start of each group and can generally plan on exiting the prison about 1/2 an hour after each group ends.
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.
Santa Barbara Jail Project
(Tentative Start Date) – Winter 2017