Volunteer

We can always use your help!

There are many ways to get involved with WPBP.

 
Sunday Mailings
 
We receive about 600 book requests per month from people in prison. Each Sunday, from noon until 3:00 p.m., we sort book donations and fill book requests at Boneshaker Books (2002 23rd Avenue South in Minneapolis). These mailings are the bread and butter of our organization, and new volunteers are always welcome. We will train you on the spot and put you to work selecting and packing books! The mailings are lively and informal events. You do not need to contact us beforehand, and you can show up anytime between noon and 3pm. All are welcome.

 

Half Price

Every week before our mailing we sort through hundreds of book donations, keeping what we can to send out, putting some on our Used book sale shelves and selling the others to Half Price books. We are looking for volunteers with a car and a strong back who would be willing to stop by on a Sunday between 1 and 3pm to take a load of books to Half Price. The money that we get from selling the books goes directly back into postage costs. 

Copying

We have a lot of forms, resource guides, and special information packets that need to be copied.  We need folks who can make free copies through their employer or else donate the time and money to copy these forms.  If you can assist, email womensprisonbookproject@gmail.com with Volunteer Copies in the subject.

Other volunteer opportunities include soliciting donations from publishers and organizations, and opening letters from women in prison to screen for special situations and requests. We also always welcome help with tasks like fundraising, building bookshelves, and translating letters in Spanish. If you have time and energy, we can find a way to help you contribute to WPBP.

If you or a group you are involved in would like to organize a fundraiser for WPBP, or organize a special book mailing/presentation for your organization, please contact us. If you or your organization wishes to hold a book drive for WPBP, please contact us.

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