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Opportunity Details

Books To Prisoners (age 8+) *Impact Week*

Books to Prisoners receives request letters from people who are incarcerated across the country asking for literature and educational materials that help them pass the time and educate themselves. Books To Prisoners holds a volunteer project every Tuesday night from 5:30pm-7:30pmpm to answer letters from prisoners who request books. Volunteers will read requests, pull up to 3 appropriate books from the shelves, and then pack them for mailing.

Books To Prisoners:

  1. Every Tuesday from 5:30-7:30pm.

  2. Masks are required. There will be a max of 10-12 people between Hands On volunteers and our core committee.

  3. The space is ADA accessible and there are all gender restrooms on site. We have multiple hand sanitizer bottles in the room for people to use, and the option to set up a station outside if preferred. 

  4. Someone will be at the front door until 5:35 to let volunteers in. After that volunteers will need to ring the doorbell. ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST SIGN UP BEFORE SHOWING.

Because we get so many book donations, books will be available for purchase every Tuesday night during the volunteer shift, and we will also always generate a pile of free books for people to take. Prisoners often send us stamps as well, but because we use, we don't use physical stamps. We have a stash of stamps if you would like to buy some from us on a Tuesday night which will go toward postage costs.

*Due to a shortage in funds, we are unable to send out as many book packages as we can create with the help of volunteers (books are heavy!). Feel free to bring a few dollars to donate if you can; every cent adds up to enable us to send out more packages more quickly!

Project Requirements:

  • Volunteers must be 8 years of age or older to attend this project; any volunteer under age 13 must attend with a parent or adult chaperone.

  • All volunteers under 18 are required to bring a Youth Volunteer Release Form signed by their parent or legal guardian. Please download, complete, and bring this waiver with you on the day of the project.

  • If you plan to bring children or guests you MUST reserve slots for them. The best way to do this is to create a Volunteer Team, then sign up your team for this project.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: You are responsible for ensuring that everyone signed up through your team attends - only sign up team members who have confirmed their availability. Teams that repeatedly sign up, but do not show up or show up with fewer volunteers than they signed up, may be removed. To add or remove team members from a project, click on "My Account" and then "My Teams," above.

Click "Sign Up" below to reserve your spot! Need help signing up? Call 503-200-3355.

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Adult Education, Civic & Community
Low-income Communities, Other, Offenders/Ex-offenders
Other,Collecting, Sorting & Packaging

Age Minimum (with Adult): 8+, Minimum Age:13+, Court Ordered Volunteer - Allowed

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