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Still trying to keep up with those New Year’s resolutions to become more involved in your community? Two of our amazing nonprofits are hosting volunteer opportunities next week: you can help deliver powerful poems from incarcerated youth to their families or learn about Resiliency Theory and positive behavior management techniques. Sounds like no better way to start off the new year than getting out there and volunteering!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Write Night

Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop Free Minds works to empower incarcerated youth through the transformative power of reading and writing. Our members are often sent off to federal prisons across the country, where they are isolated from their families and friends. They send us poems about their experiences, their emotions, and their hopes for the future. Write Night provides an invaluable connection to the outside world and gives them a chance to express themselves with a caring community that’s you all! It only takes a few minutes to write a response to an inmate’s poem, but it means so much to the poet. Write Night is a casual event and you are invited to drop by or stay the entire time. We are always looking to expand our circle of volunteers so feel free to bring friends! We ask that if you plan to attend, please RSVP through our Facebook page, so we can have an idea of how many people to expect. If you can, please bring a potluck snack to share. Because of the success of Write Night, we request that you bring a donation of forever stamps to help with our mailing this month.

When: Tue Jan 27 2015 (6:00 PM – 8:00 PM) Where: George Washington University, Funger Hall, 2121 I Street NW, Room 108, Washington, DC 20052 Fee? no Volunteer Info: Provide feedback on poems from our currently incarcerated members from federal institutions. Also, help create birthday, holiday and encouragement cards. Lastly, you can bring in refreshments to share and share their own poetry. Contact: Seana Drucker, (202) 758-0829 For more information:click here

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Resiliency Training and Volunteer Workshop

SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) of Northern Virginia SCAN will hold a FREE Resiliency Training and Volunteer Workshop on January 29 at First Assembly of God Church in Alexandria. Participants will receive an introduction to Resiliency Theory, overview of positive behavior management techniques, and activity ideas for teaching resiliency skills to the families with whom they work. Guests will also learn more about volunteer opportunities with SCAN’s ABCs of Nurturing Parenting Program. Dinner will be provided; to register please contact Sarah Ford, SCAN Parent Education Intern, at or 703-820-9001. Download a flyer for the event here.

When: Thu Jan 29 2015 (6:00 PM – 8:00 PM) Where: First Assembly of God Church, 700 W Braddock Rd, Alexandria, VA 22314 Fee? no Contact: Sarah Ford, (703) 820-9001 For more information: click here

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