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Volunteer Spotlight: Mikaela Lopez
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Volunteer Spotlight: Mikaela Lopez

Meet Communications Intern, Mikaela. She is studying social work at St. Edwards University in Austin. This position helps to “get my feet wet for community outreach and non-profit PR (public relations), which is what I would like to do in the future.” Mikaela wishes other people knew more about the efficiency and flexibility of providing...

Jill Gonzalez is Consuela Styles’ NEW Viva Babe!
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Jill Gonzalez is Consuela Styles’ NEW Viva Babe!

Consuela Styles is a fashion and lifestyle brand founded in Austin, Texas. The fashion brand has awarded its vivid, unique textile bags worldwide. Click the link below to learn more about the bags and their mission. This month, Consuela worked their magic with our Executive Director, Jill Gonzalez, at our Women Storybook Project office. Through...

Volunteer Spotlight: Betsy McCraine
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Volunteer Spotlight: Betsy McCraine

Elizabeth McCraine first learned about WSP at her church, St. Matthew’s, 14 years ago, and she has been a team leader for about 12 years now. She still recalls the early stages of the program, when she and Pat Yeargain would haul tape recorders, cassettes, and supplies up to the Mountain View Unit. The first...

Volunteer Spotlight: Charlene Ingram
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Volunteer Spotlight: Charlene Ingram

“I was so moved by the dedication of the various volunteers in trying to make a positive impact on the relationships between incarcerated moms and their children.” – Charlene Ingram, Volunteer, Team Leader She enjoys seeing the moms relax, open up and express their love and hopes for their children. Charlene reminds us that there...

Longtime volunteer, Dugie Graham’s return to prison
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Longtime volunteer, Dugie Graham’s return to prison

I’ve volunteered with WSP since 2009 and like most of our volunteers, have loved being a part of Women’s Storybook Project, especially going into the prisons and meeting the moms we serve.  Then my personal life was turned upside down 4 years ago with the death of our son and then personal health challenges with chemo...

Volunteer Spotlight: Cynthia Winer
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Volunteer Spotlight: Cynthia Winer

Cynthia Winer has been working with Women’s Storybook Project since 2011. After five years as a team leader at Lane Murray, she now serves the program in the Volunteer Intake position. In this role, she helps volunteers get approved through the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and Windham School District. “I love doing this job...

Volunteer Spotlight: Marcella Viktorin
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Volunteer Spotlight: Marcella Viktorin

Women’s Storybook Project was my placement for 2 years and I have since continued to volunteer in prisons and in the office on my own. I now also sit on the Board of Directors! After reading the WSP placement description in 2019, I immediately ranked WSP #1 on my preferences. I’d never heard of anything sweeter or more touching! And...

Volunteer Spotlight: Shereen Vinke
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Volunteer Spotlight: Shereen Vinke

Shereen Vinke first fell in love with Women’s Storybook Project in 2018 when a member of her church gave a presentation on prison ministries. “I remember being impressed at how much went into making WSP happen–sorting and collecting and distributing books, arranging for all the volunteers and getting them where they needed to be, communicating...

Updated Volunteer Trainings
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Updated Volunteer Trainings

If you were able to come to the trainings already, feel free to save for your own review. There are some important changes in the way we will record and upload recordings for mailing. In Prison – digital recorder and spreadsheet usage (RECORDING)- with Jeri Saper, WSP Tech Committee Chair In Prison computer process- in depth...

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New Volunteer Orientation

Our recent volunteer orientation was a great opportunity to go over the “new normal” in volunteering with our organization and prepare volunteer training to both new and old volunteers. Our virtual (and in person) volunteer training opportunity is a great practice to remain safe during these times. In preparation of our return to “in prison”...