Letters to the Editor

Violence-prevention project now hiring

A small band of dedicated volunteers is making a difference in rehabilitating the prisoners who are being released from California prisons and returning to live in our communities.

The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) conducts three-day interactive workshops in two of the seven Valley state prisons, but would be in all of them except for a shortage of community volunteers.

Warden Stu Sherman at Substance Abuse Treatment Facility (SATF) Prison in Corcoran says “AVP is a success at SATF and we look forward to the continued relationship and collaborative efforts with this organization in hopes of providing this program in all our facilities.” Now there is an opportunity to end the shortage.

AVP California is seeking applicants for a salaried position titled San Joaquin Valley Outreach Coordinator. The outreach coordinator will search out and contact potential facilitators throughout the Valley and recruit volunteers who are interested in joining a team to facilitate AVP workshops specifically in Valley prisons.

If this interests you, see avpcalifornia.org for information on how to apply, or phone (805) 886-9773 for information on AVP. The application deadline is Friday.

Greg Seastrom, Visalia

Ileanna Herrera, Fresno

Barbara Cutright, Fresno

Don Nason, Goleta