This month's spotlight is
All About BCPS/BerksConnections.
BCPS/BerksConnections programs and services connect
Inmates & the Community, aid Ex-Offender Reintegration, connect Children
of Inmates & At-Risk Youth with Positive Role Models & Activities.
About 90% of the inmates at the Berks County
Prison return to our community after release.
Half of them 50% -- will commit a new crime or
violate their parole and return to jail.
The costs to families and victims
and children affect our entire community.
BCPS/BerksConnections programs and services work to
and help people involved in our local criminal justice system.
Aid the successful re-entry of ex-offenders back into our
community, connecting individuals with community resources to help with
employment, housing and substance abuse treatment and counseling;
Provide community-based outreach to inmates at the Berks
County Prison and their families;
Offer safe and positive activities to the children of inmates
and other at-risk youth;
Serve as an important link between the community, social
service agencies and the local criminal and juvenile justice systems.
Our agency began with a dedicated group of volunteers in 1975.
From One-to-One mentors visiting Berks County Prison,
to caring adults aiding FUNdamentals kids and our Juvenile
to our Pen Pal program,
to our committed board of Directors,
community-based volunteers are front and center at
Whether you have an hour a week or two hours a year, if you want to
help others at the jail, the Youth Center or in our community, whether you
are a college student, retired, or working hard with a career and/or
family, BCPS/BerksConnections has a place, and a need, for you.
Becoming a BCPS Volunteer
BCPS volunteering is rewarding and simple:
You can choose an activity that can involve an hour or more each week, a
couple of hours a month, or a few hours a year.
Depending on your activity, BCPS staff may assist you in obtaining
clearance at the Prison or a child-centered background check.
Volunteer opportunities are available at the Prison, Youth Center, or
throughout the local community.
Connecting People Who Need Help with People Who Care.
learn more at
BCPS/BerksConnections 633 Court Street
16th Floor, Reading, PA 19601 610.478.6920