Volunteer with Us!

If you are interested in getting involved, or you are in need of information or resources, please get in touch using the form below or email us directly at writeonprisoners@gmail.com.

Position Description:

Volunteers with Write On! will answer letters that contain requests for information from prisoners in federal and provincial prisons in Canada. The requests will be assigned and tracked centrally.  Volunteers will assess the request and provide the research and/or information for the incarcerated person in a timely manner.   Volunteers will adhere to a set of guidelines, consistent with the Mission, Goals, and Values of Write On!

 

Skills and abilities required:

  • Excellent writing skills

  • Awareness of social justice issues, specifically issues with prisons in Canada

  • Good judgment

  • Good research skills

  • Demonstrated experience with privacy and confidentiality issues

  • Reliability and trustworthiness

 

Screening process:

While it is not envisioned that volunteers will ever meet face-to-face with prisoners, Write On! is mindful of the risks of correspondence where there may be a power imbalance. For this reason, Write On! reserves the right to screen applicants to protect all participants, both volunteers and prisoners. All volunteer applicants will be asked to fill out the Write On! application and participate in a short interview by phone. Decisions on new volunteers will be made on the basis of the applicant’s skills, abilities and interest in the project.

 

Orientation & Training:

All volunteers will be required to attend training on how to write letters, and also on Write On’s mission, values, goals and policies. In addition, new volunteers will have their letters reviewed by the training committee, until such time as it is believed they are ready to write letters without supervision.

Mailing Address

Write On!

Suite # 234

110 Cumberland Street

Toronto, On M5R 3V5

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