CCA Celebrates Spirit of Giving Back during National Volunteer Month

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During April’s National Volunteer Month, CCA celebrates the thousands of dedicated community volunteers throughout the country who help incarcerated men and women prepare for a productive life upon release.

Volunteer programs create motivation. They give the hope that there is something ahead, and for inmate populations, that is a big deal.

During April’s National Volunteer Month, CCA celebrates the thousands of dedicated community volunteers throughout the country who help incarcerated men and women prepare for a productive life upon release. These volunteers play an instrumental, personal role in inspiring many of the 95 percent of inmates who studies show will one day be released and returned to society.

Established in 1974 by President Richard Nixon, National Volunteer Week officially occurs April 10-16, 2011. Through the years, the recognition has grown into a month-long celebration of those who take an active, engaged role in reaching out and giving back.

At CCA’s more than 60 correctional centers, jails and detention facilities across the nation, volunteers – from inspired individuals and groups affiliated with local churches to members of larger regional and national organizations – assist inmates in recovering, rehabilitating and readying themselves to one day rejoin the community. Each CCA facility has an estimated 60-75 volunteers.

“Volunteers are a world-class, one-of-a-kind group," said Dennis Bradby, CCA vice president, Inmate Programs. "Volunteers hail from dozens of communities across the country to give freely of their time, talents and skills at CCA facilities. In doing so, they help some of society's most forgotten men and women. Through their actions, they show they believe in the human capacity to change for the better."

CCA facilities’ Inmate Programs departments are devoted to inmate rehabilitation and include a staff of vocational and academic instructors, addictions treatment counselors, chaplains and others who help inmates meet educational goals, learn trades, overcome addiction and develop the skills to live independently. Additionally, several national 12-step addictions treatment programs, including Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Celebrate Recovery, offer support in CCA facilities, providing an outlet for support that inmates may maintain after release. CCA volunteers often assist in educational and addictions treatment areas through providing literacy training, facilitating support groups and leading faith-based outlets.

“Volunteer programs create motivation. They give the hope that there is something ahead, and for inmate populations, that is a big deal,” said Tim O’Dell, CCA director of Chaplaincy and Developmental Programs.

Additionally, CCA each year honors outstanding community volunteers through the Pete Spackman Volunteer of the Year Award, which was instituted in 2009. CCA also has strong partnerships with leading national and international faith-based organizations, including Alpha Prison Ministries, Champions for Life, Child Evangelism Fellowship, Habitat for Humanity, Prison Fellowship Ministry, Purpose Driven Ministry, School of Christ International, Wheels for the World and others. The company has also developed alliances with the widely viewed Trinity Broadcasting Network and popular Joyce Meyer Ministries to deliver faith-based opportunities to inmates.

About CCA

CCA is the nation’s largest provider of partnership corrections to federal, state and local government, operating more than 60 facilities, including more than 40 company-owned facilities, with approximately 90,000 beds, in 19 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to providing the residential services for inmates, CCA facilities offer rehabilitation and educational programs, including education, vocation, religious services, life skills and employment training and substance abuse treatment. For more, visit http://www.cca.com and http://www.ccacommunities.com.

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