ATTENTION, LITERACY SUPPORTERS & SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVOCATES

Sat 5/17 PMD COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY

WHAT    Fill book requests for prisoners

WHEN    Saturday, May 17
        12:45 PM to 4:15 PM

WHERE   Prison Book Program
        Quincy Center
        A few blocks from MBTA station with free parking nearby

WHAT    Respond to letters from prisoners across the
        nation who request educational, self-help,
        research, and other paperback books. Specifically,
        confirm prisoners' addresses via the
        internet; read their letters; select books,
        sometimes conferring with other volunteers;
        prepare postcards and sometimes invoices;
        package the books with resource materials; and
        address the packages. Work at your own pace.

        So that we may send out the packages immediately
        volunteers are asked to contribute $10 or more
        for book rate postage to send three book packages.
        If this is a hardship, please select a waiver
        when you sign up online.

WHY     Most prisoners come from acutely marginalized
        sectors of society, and nearly all are poor
        and under-educated. Education is a proven
        tool for preventing people from returning
        to prison after they have been released and
        for empowering them to re-enter society as
        productive, independent individuals.

        Prisoners have little to no access to quality
        reading materials. As it is a general rule
        of prisons that the families and friends of
        prisoners cannot send books to them, the Prison
        Book Program is often their only hope of 
        receiving quality reading materials to expand
        their minds, to change their own lives, and
        to speak out for their rights.

HOW     Work space limitations allow only 20 volunteers to participate.

        Register by 5/8 at https://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmd051714

        We cannot accommodate groups. Each individual member
        of a small group/family must register him-/her-self separately.
        Spaces for friends or children cannot be reserved
        since these individuals must take responsibility
        for their participation by registering themselves.

        Participation is required for entire time.
        Incomplete submissions cannot be honored,
        even if you have previously volunteered with PMD.

        After you register online and see a confirmation screen (and receive NO email message),
        the week before the project PMD will email specific
        details to you as PDFs, including directions to the
        project site (by public transit and by car), how to
        prepare, what to expect, and a waiver form.
       *Free parking is available in a nearby garage.

WHO    People Making a Difference is a nonprofit
       organization that promotes informed and
       responsible volunteerism by involving people
       in tangible, hands-on work that meets 
       local needs and by assisting companies
       and charities in building successful community
       involvement programs that:
     * Produce appreciable results while
       conserving recipients' limited resources,
     * Educate volunteers about broader issues,
     * Bring people together to make a difference.

A Prisoner From Ohio:
"As someone who could neither read nor write 6 years ago
when I first came to prison, I have programs like yours,
which sent me my first dictionary, to thank for my 
ability to be writing this letter. I can't thank you enough!"

Former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger:
"We must accept the reality that to confine offenders behind
walls without trying to change them is an expensive folly
with short term benefits - winning battles while losing the war."

From an inmate requesting humanities textbooks for a study group:
"We have a craving for learning and to become better citizens
 once we are released to society."

An inmate in Safford, AZ, who wrote to the Prison Book Program:
"There are no words that can describe the feeling an inmate
 gets when he realizes someone on the outside cares enough
 about him to send him some reading material. It's organizations
 like yours that give us inmates hope and inspiration to become
 better people by reaching out to others in need."

***Summary of Upcoming PMD Events***

People Making a Difference (PMD)
PO Box 120189, Boston, MA 02112
781-963-0373
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