(Goffstown, N.H.) The New Hampshire State Prison for Women held its annual Volunteer Appreciation ceremony on Thursday, May 26, 2011. Warden Joanne H. Fortier announced that the 2011 Volunteer of the Year was Maura O’Neill of Girl Scouts Behind Bars.
Girl Scouts Behind Bars is a volunteer-run program that is part of a national initiative to cultivate leadership development while promoting positive relationships between female offenders and their daughters. Troop 10065 began in the women’s prison earlier this year. Girls, 4 to17 years old, attend a monthly scout meeting with their incarcerated mothers. More than a dozen girls participate in the different activities that are prepared and run each month.
Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn said, “Prison volunteers offer a wide array of opportunities from spiritual support and life skills to educational and recreational activities. These along with department-run programs and treatment provide a good foundation for successful offender re-entry into the community. We truly appreciate the efforts of our volunteers throughout the year.”