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Volunteers: The Asset and the Spice

There are few nonprofits out there as lucky as C4RJ when it comes to volunteers, the program’s greatest assets. They number 100 and hail from 10 communities in the region, even in places where C4RJ is not currently active. Their strength lies not only in their numbers, but also in their life experience as educators, lawyers, homemakers, grandparents, business people, world travelers, retirees, and youth. And why do they commit hours a month after work and on weekends to support restorative justice? Well, we asked them. Here’s what a few of them said:

“Every single time I complete a case, I am awed by the power of community; the offender is able to look you in the eye. And victims are so thankful.”

“I’m so impressed with the impact of restorative justice on victims, offenders, supporters, and the community. This gives a chance for real healing. That's what brought me here in the first place, and what keeps me coming back.”

“If someone told me a few years ago that I’d have the capacity to work with offenders and victims in this way, I’d say they were crazy. But you don't have to be a rocket scientist to volunteer here. You just have to know the principles and trust the process. It's amazing to watch.”

“Why am I here? Two words: psychic income.”

Our volunteers put in anywhere from 1 to 20 hours a week in a variety of roles. Some serve as event planners, others as community representatives on cases. Some prefer to work on committees to raise funds, write press releases, or help with outreach in new communities. The bottom line is that if you have time, talent, and commitment, we can use your help. Click here to learn more about ways to get involved.

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