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2019 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Plainview Program Receives Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

From left to right: TBCJ Chairman Dale Wainwright, Irma Shackelford, Texas State Representative James White, and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier.

(AUSTIN) – The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in Plainview, Texas received the “Best Family Program” award during the Governor’s 2019 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today. Ms. Irma Shackelford accepted the award.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Dale Wainwright and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier during a ceremony held in Austin.

“Volunteering is a responsibility that these recipients have embraced wholeheartedly and for that we are extremely grateful,” said Wainwright.

“These volunteers dedicate themselves each day to helping others succeed,” said Collier. “For many years to come, the impact of that invaluable time and effort invested will be felt across the state of Texas.”

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in Plainview oversees the “My Dad Reads to Me” program which provides children with a CD of their incarcerated father reading to them so that they may hear his voice and have a better connection until their release.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is one of 6 organizations and 16 individuals from across the state recognized for their efforts to help inmates and those who are on parole or probation. They donate many hours of their personal time every year with the goal of changing the lives of convicted offenders, and aiding and comforting their victims.

In FY2018, there were 21,728 volunteers who provided a total of 399,705 hours of service.

Note to media: For more information, contact Jeremy Desel, TDCJ Director of Communications, at 936-437-6052 or by e-mail at jeremy.desel@tdcj.texas.gov – For high resolution photos of award recipients, contact Jeff Linderman at jeff.linderman@tdcj.texas.gov.