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Family & Reading Connections Application
Family Connections provides opportunities to maintain and strengthen relationships within families affected by incarceration. This program keeps critical parent-child connections strong by organizing regular monthly visits between imprisoned mothers and their children. Family Connections goes to Taycheedah Correctional Institution the second Saturday of each month.

Reading Connections offers parents whose children reside too far away for regular visits, an opportunity to bond with their child and encourage their reading. Each month, volunteers go to Taycheedah Correctional Institution and Waupan Correctional Institution to collaborate with parents on this initiative. Parents are video recorded reading books to their children and the book, the recording, and a letter are mailed to the children and families.

Volunteers do not need to attend every trip every month.

PLEASE NOTE: Completing an application does not guarantee you a spot in our program; your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted within a few days. If you do not hear from us after a week, please contact our Volunteer Manager, Shawna Lutzow, via or (608) 256-0906

Email Address *
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Your name (first and last) *
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Personal Gender Pronouns *
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Phone (xxx-xxx-xxxx) *
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Which trip(s)/prison(s) would you like to apply to? Volunteers can do one or both. Remember, volunteers do not need to attend every trip every month. You can choose month-to-month. *
Are you at least 18? *
Please list any languages you speak proficiently (other than English)
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Do you have experience with youth impacted by parental incarceration? In what capacity? *
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Are you confident and comfortable engaging with youth and adults? *
Have you volunteered on a regular (weekly or monthly) basis before? Where and how long? *
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What specifically interests you about volunteering with Family & Reading Connections? What do you expect to gain from this work? What skills do you have that relate to the position? *
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Volunteers are required to have daily access to email and answer our emails promptly (within a couple days, at the latest). Are you able to respond promptly to emails from staff? *
Will your participation in this program fulfill a requirement for community service, school credit, or a certification program? *
I understand that by submitting this application I authorize Madison-area Urban Ministry to conduct a criminal background check on me. All information will remain confidential. *
I understand that in providing my services as a volunteer with Madison-area Urban Ministry, I will respect the confidentiality of program participants, donors and other volunteers. *
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