My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Books To Prisoners, Seattle, WA, USA
My wife was volunteering at Books to Prisoners six years ago and she invited me to go with her one Thursday evening. I discovered they had a day shift on Wednesdays. I went the following Wednesday, was trained in answering letters by the amazing Pat Walker, who would become my dear friend, and I have been going every Wednesday since, with the occasional absence, until the pandemic came along and closed down the Wednesday shift. I am now going back on Wednesdays as part of a three person bubble and hope that in the not too distant future I will be reunited with what was a wonderful group of volunteers on Wednesdays.
It was the letters from the prisoners that drew me in. They were asking for books to educate themselves, to learn how to write, how to make things, how to draw, to learn computer languages, to become plumbers or electricians, to learn foreign languages. They wanted books to enable them to live a better life once they were released. They also, of course, wanted thrillers and westerns and fantasy books. The hard part at Books to Prisoners is, so often, not having the books the inmate wants and struggling to find a book that might help. Books to Prisoners is a great resource for the incarcerated and has an amazingly committed group of volunteers.