Foreverfamily is a 31-year-old, Atlanta based non-profit organization that supports children of incarcerated parents. We have planned activities that volunteers can supported listed below but we also tailor volunteer opportunities for individual, family and group volunteers.
Mission: To inspire hope in children of incarcerated mothers and fathers, to strengthen their families, to help the children become successful adults, and to share our considerable experience with communities worldwide to do the same.
FVP (Family Visitation Program)
Every 2nd Saturday (minus the “J” months), 5:30am-6:30pm
FVP provides children with the opportunity to visit their parents on a consistent basis, thereby strengthening family bonds. This aids in increasing the children’s self-esteem and improving the likelihood that the children will become successful adults.
Volunteer chaperones commit to a 13-hour day, which includes interacting with the kids on the bus, facilitating activities for parents to do with their children, serving lunch inside the prison, and surrounding kids with love.
Volunteers can also help prepare food and activities the Friday before the trip or help with the monthly birthday party after the trip.
There are multiple opportunities to volunteer for our FVP Program!
Trip Prep Volunteers:
Volunteers will assist the staff, in the weeks prior to the prison visits. This will include gathering activities and items for the children’s shoebox lunches. (Time commitment: 2-4 hours)
Volunteers will assist the staff, the morning of, in preparation for the prison visits. This will include arriving at 5:00 am to set up breakfast for the children before visitation, assisting with the Traveler’s Club (passing out trip supplies such as kindles, pillows, and blankets), and interacting with the kids to ensure they are comfortable prior to departure. (Time commitment: 3-4 hours)
Volunteers will assist the staff, the afternoon of, in breakdown for the prison visits. This will include arriving at 3:30 pm to assist with the Traveler’s Club (collecting and organizing trip supplies such as kindles, pillows, and blankets), doing general clean up of games and other activities, and interacting with the kids to ensure they are comfortable prior to being picked-up. (Time commitment: 3-4 hours)
Prison Trip Volunteers:
Volunteers will assist the staff on prison trips. Volunteers will chaperone the children during the prison visits. (Time commitment: 13 hours)
Volunteers will assist staff at the program site. Tasks will include processing requests for information/volunteer applications/other documents, developing volunteer opportunities and matching individuals with volunteer assignments, supporting our receptionist by answering telphones, filing, or light typing, and sending thank you cards to our volunteers/donors. (Time commitment: 2-6 hours)
II. Youth Enrichment:
Ff offers three enrichment activities for our young people
Administrative volunteers are needed for both programs to publicize event & help with planning activities; day of event support such as setup & breakdown; & in-office case management.
(YEZ) Youth Engagement Zone 2-day Youth Summit (April)
Chaperones, Program Leaders
(YEP) Young Entrepreneurs Project
Mentoring Quarterly, Speakers and Chaperones
(YEA) Year End Enrichment Activity (2nd or 3rd Saturday of May)
Chaperones, Organizing Activities, Funbox Creation