Get Involved

Ways You Can Help

There are numerous ways you can get involved with OK Messages Project. From volunteering at the prisons to packaging and shipping the books and videos to the children – there are many ways to donate your time and energy to helping these children. Learn more about how you can volunteer your time, become a sponsor, help give special events for the children, or donate to help reunite these children with their parents.


Help keep children connected with their incarcerated parent or parents.

Make a Donation


Become a part of our team so that we can continue to make a difference.

Become a Volunteer

Donate Books

We are constantly in need of books for the children of incarcerated parents.

Donate Books

Become a Volunteer

  • Help with filming parents reading a book to their children at the various prisons across the state of Oklahoma.
  • Put together video and book packages to send to the children in care of their guardians.
  • Serve on an event committee, help with fundraising efforts and more!

These children deserve hope and a brighter future, and you can help!

Donate Books

Here’s some of our requested books. Check out the rest of our Wish List of books on Amazon!


Wings of Fire: The Brightest Night: A Graphic Novel
by Tui T. Sutherland, Mike Holmes

All My Friends (Eagle Rock Series, 3)
by Hope Larson

Dinosaurs Before Dark Graphic Novel (Magic Tree House (R))
by Jenny Laird, Mary Pope Osborne

Follow Your Dreams, Little One
by Vashti Harrison

Night Night, Groot
by Brendan Deneen, Cale Atkinson

Minecraft Volume 1 (Graphic Novel) (Minecraft, 1)
by Sfé R. Monster, Sarah Graley

Disney Encanto Little Golden Book (Disney Encanto
by Naibe Reynoso, Alejandro Mesa

Football Genius (Football Genius, 1)
by Tim Green

 We want to hear from you! Send us your kids’ favorite book titles.

Hear From Our Volunteers

Volunteering with OK Messages Project was an incomparable, wonderful experience. For me, the most profound part was observing the direct message that moms speak to (and we record for) their kiddos. What a joy to get to be a part of seeing a mama GET TO BE A MOM. Of course, they are prisoners. They (and their children) live with that reality 24/7 – but for a few minutes, through OK Messages Project, these women get to connect “directly” to their children AS A MOM – telling the kids they love them, and showing them their love. The joy and pride in the moms’ faces were so sweet – it seemed to me to allow them to transcend the prison walls and experience, if even for just a few minutes. This humanizing experience is good for the mom, the kids, and our communities. This is good stuff. Being able to be even a small part of facilitating a proud and happy mama, makes me thankful, and proud, to be a part of volunteering with OK Messages Project.

– Susan C. Curtiss
Attorney, Carns Curtiss Law

Spent today at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center. This was my second time volunteering with Oklahoma Messages Project to film videos of parents reading books to their children. These children may have no other chance to see their parents while they’re away and maintaining this connection greatly improves outcomes for the children.

– Kim Wallace

I was lucky to help volunteer with OK Messages on a recent filming they did with male inmates in Lexington. I walked away believing it is some of the most important work being done in Oklahoma, in any sector, at any level. It is a tremendous benefit to the incarcerated parents to continue and enhance their parenting relationship and connection with their children, with dignity and increased self-esteem. The children in return are able to receive the love and nurturing that every child in Oklahoma deserves, regardless of the mistakes made by a parent, and no matter how grave those mistakes may have been. The positive impact that this work has on the inter-generational issues that drive poverty, trauma and incarceration cannot be overstated.

– Andrew Rice
Former State Senator