On July 1, DC Books to Prisons became it's own nonprofit. A 21-year-old group, we send books to hundreds of state and federal prisons in 35 states. It's an exciting achievement, especially in light of the work the group accomplished to keep the mission going when the pandemic shut down the physical space we typically pack books in. Check out our Guidestar profile here: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/85-0845568
As the length of the pandemic started to become apparent, DC Books to Prisons assembled a core group of volunteers to keep getting books to the hundreds of incarcerated readers that write to us every month. In the last year, we:
-Responded to nearly 5,500 requests. Our volunteers in Tuscaloosa answered hundreds of them. Volunteers working at home in and around Washington DC answered thousands.
-Delivered or shipped 37 boxes of books and DVDs to prison librarians.
-Sent almost 400 books to prison club books. Ready Player One. Brother. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Man's Search for Meaning.
-Shipped close to 900 children's books to detained migrant youth through our 2000 Libros project, including some from an early-pandemic book drive that also supported a local bookstore.
You make this possible. As we start our journey being a nonprofit and hopefully getting back to our former location, we are hoping you can help make sure we get back on our best footing possible. Any amount you donate helps us get more books to incarcerated readers across the country.