On The Bus is an organization dedicated to serving
the children of incarcerated mothers. Each year, Get On The Bus
coordinates a statewide event bringing buses of children and their
guardians for a Mother's Day visit to the Central California Women's
Facility and the Valley State Prison for Women. These are the
largest prison facilities for women in the world holding 7,000
inmates-more than half of whom are mothers. Chowchilla is a remote
community in the central San Joaquin Valley that is three to nine
hours by bus from the urban centers we serve.
Get On The Bus
is more than just a bus ride. Families are guided through every
step of the prison paperwork process by caring volunteers who
get to know them. During the bus trip children receive healthy
snacks and age appropriate games and puzzles. While visiting,
Get On The Bus provides a lunch and a family photograph. On the
long ride home counselors meet with the children individually
to help them cope with leaving their mothers behind. Each child
receives a teddy bear and letter from his or her mother, and volunteers
hand out box dinners.
We are seeking corporate sponsorships
to underwrite the costs of transportation, meals, toys, and the
paperwork processing and extra guards required by the prisons.
Does It Take Place?
On The Bus takes place on the Friday before Mothers Day.
Next year it will be on May 7, 2006
are looking for people who will sponsor a family or who can
Help with the hospitality committee
Gather medium size teddy bears to be given to children on
the way home
Donate $ for lunches on the bus on the way home
Donate $10 for the fee to get a birth certificate for a child
who needs one
Organize a group to put together goodie bags to occupy children
on our bus
Donate funds for the rental of the buses
you wish to send a check, please make it out to the following:
ON THE BUS
3424 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010