Prison Monitors sit down one-on-one with incarcerated people who are experiencing problems and elevate concerns directly with staff or others who may be able to help when conditions impact health and safety. Please note that all Prison Monitors must be active members of the Prison Society - if you are not an active member, please click here to join.
Our mentoring program is for men returning to the community from incarceration. Each year more than 12,000 individuals return home, and a staggering 34% of them will return to prison within one year. The mentoring program is designed to help ease the transition from incarceration back to communities by providing a helping hand and a social support network. Participation in the program is completely voluntary.
Mentors are expected to meet with their mentee(s) on a weekly basis while they are incarcerated, and are encouraged to continue meeting according to a self-determined schedule post-release. “Showing up” matters, and we ask that all volunteer mentors commit to at least 12 months of service once assigned to a mentee. The Prison Society will provide ongoing training and support to both mentors and mentees. Eligible mentors cannot have been incarcerated in a Pennsylvania facility within the last 12 months.
Office Volunteers assist with responding to letters from incarcerated people asking for vital information and help, helping families who call or walk into our office, assisting in planning and executing the Society's many public events, and providing help with our social media and outreach.
Volunteers participate in all aspects of publication including reviewing and typing submissions, editing submissions, summarizing survey results, helping with design layout, communicating with incarcerated authors by mail, and proofreading.We ask that Graterfriends volunteers commit to a minimum of 15 hours a month. This volunteer opportunity can often be done remotely.