Parole Project representatives volunteering at the "Sound the Alarm" event

Parole Project Representatives Volunteer to Sound the Alarm

Staff and Clients Devote Time to Serve Their Community

On January 21, the American Red Cross hosted its annual “Sound the Alarm” event. Parole Project board member Ryan Haynie, who is also Chair of the Louisiana Capital-West Red Cross chapter, several members of our staff, and approximately 10 clients braved the elements on a cold Saturday morning in Baton Rouge’s Gardere neighborhood. Among the earliest arrivers, Parole Project representatives eagerly helped set up the event’s headquarters – providing helping hands wherever necessary and offering additional assistance without hesitation.

The Red Cross designed the day to promote home fire safety. Dozens of Red Cross workers and volunteers knocked on doors at houses in the community to inquire whether the smoke alarms were working or if the home had smoke alarms installed. Red Cross Executive Director Ed Bush called the day “a resounding success.” Approximately 300 smoke alarms had been installed in nearly 150 residences. He added, “I cannot thank you all enough for your willingness to jump in and get to work.”

The day of service was also a huge success for our clients and staff. It provided an opportunity to interact with their neighbors, dispel prejudices, and most importantly use their second chances to give back to the community. For those reentering society after decades in prison, experiences like this are crucial for building confidence and a sense of belonging in the “new” world.

Photo caption: Parole Project staff and clients began the new year by getting involved in their communities and volunteering to improve the lives of their neighbors.