Volunteers Sought To Mentor In Prison
People are invited to volunteer with prison Toastmasters programs at institutions near Rtes. 2 and 495 and in Gardner Monday-Thursday evenings. Through Toastmasters, incarcerated people practice skills to prepare to return to the community, such as self-confidence, leadership, critical thinking, planning and teamwork. Volunteers make a difference in someone's life through encouragement and mentoring. More than 90 percent of all incarcerated people return to the community.
Prospective volunteers must enjoy teaching, speaking extemporaneously, and encouraging others to set and achieve goals.
Training is provided by the Dept.of Corrections and by participating in Toastmasters program. Volunteers are expected to mentor at least two meetings a month. People new to Toastmasters welcome to volunteer. Spanish speaking volunteers especially needed in Gardner.
For info on 12 programs at correctional institutions in Eastern MA, go to www.d31toastmastersprisonvolunteers.wordpress.com.
Massachusetts is an international leader for prison Toastmasters programs. Contact Susan.Tordella@gmail.com, telephone 978-846-2811. DOC is offering volunteer training Oct. 14.