We invite you to join us in opening letters, matching up requests, packaging books, organizing book drives and much more that supports our work. We meet on Saturday and Sundays 2–5 pm at 4511 N. Hermitage Avenue (Hermitage and Sunnyside). We’re only two blocks from the Montrose Brown Line stop and there is plenty of free street parking.

New volunteers: Sign up in advance for an orientation session. There is a waiting list. There is one each month (alternating Saturdays and Sundays) from 1 to 2 pm. Simply email us at chicagobwp@gmail.com and note “Volunteer Training” in the subject line. We’ll reply with more details.
You’ll meet with one of our experienced volunteers to learn about the group’s mission and the process we use to support incarcerated people. Once you’ve been trained, you are invited to volunteer any Saturday or Sunday you’d like.

 

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IMPORTANT: Learn more before donating books
Please check with us before organizing a book drive or putting together a donation of more than a few books from your own library. We are well stocked and storage space is limited.

1,804 packages so far in 2019

Focusing on all women and trans/non-binary people, last year we sent 4,852 packages to people locked up across the country—nearly 13,500 books and composition books in all. Big thanks to all our supporters because we couldn’t do it without you! (updated May 13, 2019)

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Buy online books we really need and we’ll pick them up—no shipping fee, no wasteful packaging. And your purchase benefits not just the people we serve, but one of Chicago’s best independent bookstores.

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Or send your check or money order to 4511 N. Hermitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60640. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your gift may be tax-deductible.

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