Please consider helping our non profit, Community Success Initiative with support.
Now you have 2 options
(1) General support for CSI’s I’m for Second Chances Efforts
Community Success Initiative (CSI) was founded as a non-profit corporation in May 2004 with a vision to create communities where people discover their potential, set worthy goals for their lives, and take action in a positive way, with an emphasis on men and women who are transitioning from prison and jail, or who otherwise find themselves entangled in the criminal justice system.
(2) I’m “All In” for 10 Campaign
Help CSI’s latest fundraising campaign! We are asking for your continued support helping our clients get second chances and to fight for fairness in the criminal justice system.
We are asking you and your like minded friends to commit to only $10 per month, as a tax deductible recurring auto pay commitment via your debit or credit card.If you want to mail a donation of any amount, please send to:
Community Success Initiative, PO Box 61114, Raleigh, NC 27661 Thank you for your support and please pass this info along to those in your social networks.
Your generosity helps to continue the work of Community Success Initiative. You can use your debit or credit card to make a tax-deductible donation today and help support our work. A donation of any amount would go a long way. Please feel free to pass along this email to others in your network. Thank you for your ongoing support. You can use your debit or credit card to make a tax-deductible donation today.
Dennis Gaddy – Executive Director Dgaddy1@communitysuccess.org
Click here if you want to verify CSI’s 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.
CSI In the News!
See what CSI was up to at the NC Reentry Summit on March 11. View the Video
Communicating Effectively With Your Legislator
Don’t be intimidated. Legislators are in the business of representing the public’s interest. A significant part of their job is listening to people like you.
Ask to speak briefly with the legislator. If the legislator is not in his or her office, ask for their contact information and leave the Second Chance Alliance Action Request with the secretary.
Address the legislators as “Representative ____” or “Senator _____.”
Introduce yourself clearly. Tell the legislator your name, where you are from, and why you are there. If you are a member of their district, it is especially important for you to let them know.
Share your reentry story and/or support for second chances. This is the most important thing you can do on Second Chance Lobby Day. In just 2 or 3 minutes, describe the barriers that you have faced as a result of your criminal record, why the legislator should try to address these barriers, and how you would use (or have used) your second chance. If you do not have a criminal record, please describe why you support lowering barriers to reentry.
Be specific. Suggest actions the legislator might take, including specific bills he or she should support. Use the Second Chance Alliance Action Request as a guide.
Listen, and always be respectful. Listen to what the legislator has to say, even if you do not agree with what he or she is saying. You can state facts or personal stories to support your opinion, but try to avoid arguing with the legislator.
Share Action Request. Be sure to leave the legislator with a copy of the Second Chance Alliance Action Request.