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Volunteers needed at local restorative justice center

April 22, 2015

The St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Center Program (SCVRJP) offers volunteers a way to make a difference in the surrounding communities by becoming directly involved in the delivery of restorative justice services.

Restorative justice is a process of repairing harm and promoting accountability. It is SCVRJP’s belief that this happens best in direct dialogue with community mentors. SCVRJP provides training and support for new volunteers.

A series of opportunities for volunteers is coming up in May. On May 5, there will be a volunteer training from 6-7:30 p.m. to learn about the role of community mentors. Next, on May 11, from 12-1 p.m., SCVRJP will host a “Lunch and Learn,” to provide an in-depth explanation on the philosophy and approach of restorative justice. Lunch will be provided. Then on May 16, there will be a keeper training from 12-3 p.m. to learn the techniques and process for SCVRJP session circles. Finally, on May 21-22 the organization will hold a two-day circle training from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, with lunch provided both days.

Community members interested are invited to learn more about SCVRJP volunteer opportunities by attending any upcoming volunteer events. The SCVRJP cannot do the important work it does without a valuable volunteer team.

Current and past volunteers have had many positive experiences in their work with SCVRJP. After a recent restorative justice program circle, one volunteer stated: “ I appreciate being a part of this experience.” Another volunteer wrote: “Great session, wonderful storytelling and group participation.”

If interested please RSVP for any of the above opportunities by emailing Shana Clauson at scvrjpevents@gmail.com or by calling the office at 425-1100. Also, visit the SCVRJP website at www.scvrjp.org for more information about the organization and other volunteer opportunities.