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Write to Release NFP

Organized by: Esley S

Esley's Photo
Esley's Photo

EVENT DATE Aug 22, 2014

THE STORY:

In Illinois, 51.7% of inmates return to prison within 3 years of release.

The solution to this high rate of recidivism is education and empowerment through creative writing programs in our prisons and jails. The work of writing, critical thinking, and personal reflection aids the inmate in becoming a more skilled individual, both technically and emotionally. To this end, I founded Write to Release.

Last month, Write to Release finally began to take the form I envisioned; I began teaching creative writing classes at Lake County Jail in Waukegan, Illinois. I am honored to be working with a group of men whose talent and voices I intend to bring to you through our website and an annual literary journal.

Write to Release was founded in the belief that our correctional institutions can use help in pursuing rehabilitative measures. We seek to be a part of that approach by actively engaging our students with reading and writing. Write to Release recognizes inmates as dynamic individuals and seeks to provide them the opportunity to strengthen and find skills through creative writing workshops. Selected work-product of our class participants will be shared with the greater community in recognition of their place as members of our society, not outcasts or rejects.

If you believe in our mission, I ask for your support. We are currently trying to raise funds to help off-set some of the start-up costs (filing fees for 501(c)(3), incorporation fees) in addition to funds to support the day-to-day operations of the organization, (materials for the classes, website costs).

(Please note that once approved, our 501(c)(3) status will be retroactive to incorporation, thereby making your donation tax deductible).

I also invite you to check out our website and blog: http://writetorelease.org and share with others who may be interested in our work.

A student in class recently told me they hadn't been able to go to the jail library for 3 weeks. No new reading material for 3 weeks! Your donation assures—at the very least—that they will have new material to read and discuss each week in class, never having to go that long without enrichment in their lives while incarcerated, again.

I thank you in advance for your time and support.
 

$6,017

 

60% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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  • Anonymous

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  • Lauren

    $100

  • Judy Lane

    $25

  • Arielle

     

  • Katy

    $25

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  • Emily

    $100

  • Mark & Mikhaila Woodall

    $100

  • Doris Yeates

    $50

  • Godsister

    $50

  • Daniel Concepcion

    $50

  • Paul & Terri

    $100

  • Stephen Gibson

    $50

  • Dick and Mary Ellen Clish

    $100

  • GODFATHER & GODMOTHER

    $150

  • John Weigelt Family

    $250

  • Rachel Jacobsohn

    $25

  • Terri

    $100

  • Richard Thies

    $50

  • Emily and Marc

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Rob-Margaret Gorman

    $100

  • Tom Yeates

    $50

  • Anne Yeates

    $50

  • Fundraising Event 7/31

    $827

  • Patrick Gorman

    $100

  • Janet Reali

    $100

  • Gwynne & William

    $25

  • Eric and Mariah

    $100

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Esley S

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Donor Comments

Eric and Mariah

Eric and Mariah

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Gwynne & William

Gwynne & William

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Janet Reali

Janet Reali

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Patrick Gorman

Patrick Gorman

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Fundraising Event 7/31

Fundraising Event 7/31

DONATION: $827

4 years ago

Anne Yeates

Anne Yeates

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Tom Yeates

Tom Yeates

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Rob-Margaret Gorman

Rob-Margaret Gorman

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

Congratulations, girly! So very proud of you. :) 4 years ago

Emily and Marc

Emily and Marc

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

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