Posts Tagged ‘thanksgiving’

PEP relies upon a network of over 600 volunteers each year to deliver our mission.

This includes in-prison volunteers as well as business plan advisors who serve remotely, but it also includes a growing number of volunteers who serve outside of prison as eSchool teachers, mentors and more.

Below are some pictures of these volunteers in action — providing Thanksgiving meals to our graduates and helping PEP to build a genuine community around the lives of our graduates. Thank you to everyone who made these wonderful events possible!

At PEP, nearly in 1 in 3 donations that we receive is from a formerly incarcerated graduate of our program. Many of them are now registered as PEP Partners, making monthly donations to support our work. For many, these gifts are significant financial sacrifices that they make in order to help their brothers who are still in prison.

To understand what could transform a felon into a philanthropist, we asked several of them: “What are you thankful for?”

May their answers remind you of the many reasons that each of us has to be grateful this holiday season!

Last week, we interviewed several newly released PEP graduates who were preparing to celebrate their first Thanksgiving after being released from prison. We asked them to share why they were grateful — and we think their answers might surprise you!

Please click the photo below to watch our three-minute video:

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