At its May meeting, the Truth Be Told Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve Sandy Wolff’s application for board service. Since moving to Austin in June 2017, Sandy has been a familiar and regular face — and voice — in Truth Be Told volunteer community.
She is part of a team of peer moderators who lead Truth Be Told’s weekly Keep On Talking Empowerment conference calls for program graduates who are no longer incarcerated. Sandy also has provided support at annual events such as Very Merry Mail Call and the Community of Changemakers dinner.
While she did not participate in Truth Be Told programs during her incarceration, Sandy says this Austin nonprofit “holds a special place” in her heart.
“I decided while incarcerated that when I gained my freedom, I would become a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves, and that heartfelt passion is exactly what I am still doing,” she says. “I speak my Truth any time that I am asked to do so.”
This past March, Sandy was a key organizer of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition’s first-ever Women’s Injustice Day at the Capitol, in which several Truth Be Told graduates participated. As a community of formerly incarcerated women, Sandy and her peers raised awareness on several proposed bills affecting the more than 12,000 justice-involved women in Texas.
Sandy also uses her voice and lived experiences to support initiatives led by the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable, Caritas of Austin, Texas Homeless Network and Crime Victims Advocacy.
This month, she will graduate from a humanities course offered through the Free Minds Project. She intends to further her education in criminal justice and psychology.
Welcome aboard, Sandy Wolff!