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Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Spotlights
Helping Hands During National Volunteer Week
Towson, MD (April 19, 2013) --- During the week of April 21 – 27, 2013 the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) will join others across the nation in saying “thank you” to those who take their personal time to enhance our mission of improving Maryland’s public safety. National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize those who do extraordinary things through service, while encouraging others to consider volunteering in their community.
Hundreds of volunteers, whose services range from faith-based, legal assistance, housing, mediation, parenting skills, drug treatment to employment readiness, work with offenders under DPSCS supervision from the time they enter the pre-trial system, all the way through to parole or probation - giving them the tools necessary to become law-abiding citizens. Additional volunteers, and interns looking to further their educational experience, work in administrative areas of the Department such as finance, procurement and statistical analysis, as well as victim services.
Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover, who has an estimated 300 volunteers, held an annual prayer breakfast on April 15th to honor their volunteers, while other institutions will hold similar events this coming week. In DPSCS’ North Region, correctional and community supervision staff will be hosting volunteers at Shafer Park in Boonsboro, MD on Saturday, April 27th. Media is invited to attend, please contact Barbara Allen, who will be onsite that day, at 240-520-4854 for more details.
Through the development of a new position this past year - Director of Volunteer Programs - DPSCS has placed emphasis on the importance of volunteers in the Department’s reentry efforts. “Volunteers compliment the work of our staff, adding additional services and perspective for tens of thousands of offenders under supervision in Maryland,” said DPSCS Secretary Gary D. Maynard. “During National Volunteer Week, we hope to let each volunteer know that they should be proud of their efforts to give offenders the opportunity to take a path other than one that leads to crime.”