Your support makes it possible for me to continue volunteer programs designed to rehabilitate and prepare prisoners for re-entry into society.
Why is this important and worthy of your support?
When it comes to our criminal justice system we can agree on one thing—we all want prisoners to come out better than when they came in. We have to decide what kind of neighbors we want—ones with less than a high school education, and on top of that, unaddressed behavior and addiction problems? Or, do we want ones who have taken steps to overcome obstacles, cultivated their character, found their voice, and improved their communication skills, all of which makes them more eligible to become a taxpaying contributor to society?
Being incarcerated doesn’t diminish a human being’s value. That’s why I used to go to Ridgeland on Wednesdays before COVID hit us. Your donation will help support and sustain Ridgeland Toastmasters behind bars.
As Treasurer of the club, I pay the inmate’s Toastmasters International membership dues, record educational awards, and obtain resources from TI’s website. When you donate to sponsor a specific inmate, please note his name. A new member’s cost for 6 months is $65, or $110 for a year. Renewing an existing club member costs is $45 for 6 months or $90 for a year. If your donation is for nobody specific, please note that we will make sure your support goes to inmates who cannot pay their dues from their own funds. Each member also has to come up with $25 for their educational programming material. That is asking a lot, so I raise the money here in this campaign.
"To the sponsors of the Ridgeland Toastmaster club, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to have the opportunity to participate in this club. It has definitely been a life-changing experience." R. B., Secretary, Ridgeland Toastmasters
"I want to thank you all for helping us by sponsoring us here at Ridgeland Toastmasters. This program has helped us so much and in so many ways. I love this class and look forward to joining a club on the outside and continuing my growth." E.B
"Tremendous thanks to the sponsors of my newly developed character and positive personality and personal growth. God bless!" R.H.
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