New volunteers: Orientation this Sunday, July 27

Concerned about prison issues and want to get involved? Intrigued by the chance to make a concrete, personal difference in the lives of prisoners? Interested in offering women behind bars the opportunity for self-empowerment, education and entertainment that reading provides?
Join us for our next orientation session, led by one of our experienced volunteers, this Sunday at 1 pm. (Our volunteer orientations take place the last Sunday of each month, 1–2pm, right before our regular 2–5pm work session.) Get the details here.
And of course, there are always other ways to get involved and help get books in the hands of women in prison. See you soon!

New volunteers: Orientation this Sunday, June 29

We’re pretty sure we’re on a few of those lists you see this time of year—”50 Things to Do This Summer” and such. So don’t miss out on our next orientation session, led by one of our experienced volunteers. It takes place the last Sunday of each month, 1–2pm, right before our regular 2–5pm work session. Get the details here.
But we know there’s a lot going on this Sunday… the Pride Parade, for one. So if you can’t make it this week, plan now to join us for the July 27 orientation. (And of course, there are always other ways to get involved and help get books in the hands of women in prison.) We hope to see you soon!

New volunteers: Orientation this Sunday, May 25

Interested in getting more involved? Summer is almost here and is a great time to start something new.
Join us at our next orientation session, led by one of our experienced volunteers. It takes place the last Sunday of each month, 1–2pm—right before our regular work session, 2–5pm. Get the details here.
Of course, if Sundays are inconvenient for you and you’d still like to help us get books in the hands of women in prison, there are many ways to get involved.

Innovations In Reading Prize Winner

ImageWonderful news!

We are delighted to have been awarded an Innovations in Reading Prize by the National Book Foundation. Five organizations were recognized for “modeling creative approaches to sharing literature with diverse audiences.” The $2,500 prize will go a long way toward helping us continue to serve women prisoners in nine states.

Many thanks to our awesome volunteer Linnea who identified this opportunity and coordinated the initiative!

Read more about the award.

Resurrection Lutheran Church Grants $1,500 to CBWP

Thank you, Pastor Bill Hutchison and everyone at Resurrection Lutheran. This generous grant will help us send more books to more women in prison. We know there are many worthy causes, and we are grateful that you’ve recognized our work in this way. Many thanks as well to our longtime volunteer Betsy for helping make this happen!

Getting Settled in Our New Home

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On Sunday we moved to our new space at Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church, 4511 N. Hermitage Avenue. A break from snowfall, a sunny sky and everyone pulling together made it all go smoothly.

Thank you to all the wonderful people at RFUMC who made this possible and have welcomed us so warmly, as well as to all the volunteers who turned out on Sunday afternoon. We’re still getting organized and putting things in place, but our doors are open 2–5 pm on Sunday if you have paperback books or other materials you’d like to drop off.

We’re Moving Soon and Need Your Help

Chicago Books to Women in Prison is moving in two weeks, and we need everyone’s help with two important things:

  1. We have to collectively determine where our new home will be. Learn more about our three appealing options and vote here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CQTHFV7

  2. We need boxes for books, we need tape for the boxes, we need people to help remove our shelving from the walls in our current home at 950 W Newport, and we will eventually need people to help us unpack and sort out our new home. Please email us at chicagobwp@gmail.com to let us know how you’re able to help!

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