OVM invites the community to engage with issues of justice and incarceration. In addition to our programs at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility, we offer many ways for local groups to reach out to incarcerated individuals.
Community Engagement opportunities include
[My M-2 volunteer] remembers things that we talked about during our monthly visits, things like my children's names, discussions about different family members, and the struggles we face. He remembers books that I told him were extremely influential in helping me become a better person! My own family doesn't care about such things. To choose those things to matter to him, I realize, is a choice which makes all the difference in the world to me!
M-2 Inmate Participant
M-2 is a partnership program with Hutchinson Correctional Facility (HCF) that "matches two" - a volunteer visitor from the community with a resident in prison - for monthly visits. Since 1973, M-2 has helped to build relationships between folks on the inside and outside of prison walls. Visitors and residents meet for an hour and half to talk, share food and encouragement. This simple act of connection demonstrates that all are made in the image of God and worthy of relationship and support.
How to become an M-2 Voluneer
Fill out an M-2 application
Link: ONLINE APPLICATION
Death Row Pen Pal Project
OVM invites the community, in partnership with Death Row Support Project, to engage inmates through a Pen Pal experience. Community members have the opportunity to act with restorative practices by corresponding with an inmate on death row. Staff will match you with an inmate, and you commit to exchange letters at least once a month for a year.
OVM provides a variety of creative programs at HCF. In an environment that is often monotonous and stressful, these programs provide a creative outlet for self-expression to help rebuild self-esteem and promote a sense of connection with the community. They can also be a restorative opportunity to bring about accountability and growth among participants. Programs are volunteer run and exist because of people on the outside and inside joining their shared passions for music, art, drama, and more.
If you have a skill you’d like to share, contact us!