The children of imprisoned mothers are five to seven times more likely to end up in prison themselves, according to Sandra Barnhill, founder and executive director of Aid to Children of Imprisoned Mothers. "We say no to that statistic," says Barnhill, "and the young people themselves are saying no."
Founded in 1987, AIM offers Atlanta children educational and recreational activities and organizes regular visits to the prisons so the children can stay connected to their mothers.
What You Can Do
Volunteers work with children in after-school programs (helping them with homework and providing educational enrichment), summer camps, recreational programs, service projects and trips to the jails. Volunteers are needed to help prepare for or ride along on prison trips Dec. 10 and 17, or help with two Christmas parties for the kids Dec. 14 and 15.
AIM also needs cash and in-kind donations. "We need an electric gas range with a double oven," says Barnhill. "We need a new refrigerator with an ice-maker ... and a school bus to transport all our children." See the website for other current needs.
Aid to Children of Imprisoned Mothers, 906 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. 404-755-3262. www.takingaim.net.