Toastmasters is seeking more English- and Spanish-speaking volunteers for its prison programs in Shirley and Gardner. Spanish ability can be minimum or conversational.

"Facilitating Toastmasters in prisons puts me in relationship with people who have been dealt a bad hand in life and/or made some bad decisions," said Susan Tordella, a prison volunteer since 2008.

"I'm inspired by the progress, hope and humor that offenders maintain against all odds. Something remarkable happens when you offer a hand up and witness someone's transformation."

Founded in 1924, Toastmasters is a world-wide self-help movement that empowers people through public speaking practice, teamwork, leadership and personal growth by following a set format of prepared speeches, extemporaneous speaking and evaluations.

For more information or to visit a program on a Tuesday or Wednesday night, email or call 978-772-3930. Prison volunteers will be expected to join Toastmasters. For information on the program, go to and click on "opportunities" and "prisons."