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After Black Friday, and Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday – you’ve probably pulled out your wallet more times than average this weekend. But consider reaching into your pocket once more. Each Tuesday after Thanksgiving, we hold up our favorite nonprofits and worthy causes to support with monetary donations. Check out a few of American Prison Data Systems’ favorite 501(c)3s and find easy links to donate after each one.
The Fortune Society, fortunesociety.org
The Fortune Society’s programs, including substance abuse treatment, and skill building for men and women preparing for release from jail, have helped participants avoid over 88,000 days in jail and prison in one year, saving the City and State of New York over $8 million.
Vera Institute of Justice
The Vera Institute works with governments and civil leaders to improve justice systems in more than 40 states. Read their study, Making the Grade: Developing Quality Postsecondary Education Programs in Prison, and click donate below to help fund the quest to #ReimaginePrison.
A fellow member of our Center for Social Innovation family, Drive Change is doing amazing things – while making amazing food. Drive Change strives to use the food truck workplace to run a 1-year fellowship for young people returning home from jail/prison so they can obtain preferential employment and educational opportunities. Right now, that takes place in the maple syrup centered menu of the Snow Day food truck, but they hope to set up similar trucks all across the country.
Correctional Peace Officers Foundation
When a CO is hurt or loses their life in the line of duty, the burden of care and carrying on often falls on family – the CPOF has dedicated itself to be there during those incredibly hard times. In addition to Catastrophic Assistance, CPOF also offers academic scholarships to current COs and recognizes those COs who act “above and beyond the call of duty” in extreme or dangerous situations.
Donate here or by mailing a check to:
P.O. Box 348390
Sacramento, CA 95834
Prison Phone Justice
Prison phone calls cost much more than a non-prison phone call. This is in part due to a “commission” model that benefits large companies like Global Tel*Link, Securus, and Telmate, while leaving families with $15 bills for a phone call of a few minutes. Prison Phone Justice is an up-to-date and public collection of rates and kickbacks in the prison phone industry. Support their work to make prison phone calls – a documented necessity in keeping family ties strong during incarceration – affordable for both family and their incarcerated loved ones.