G4G Boston + Prison Book Program

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  • G4G Boston + Prison Book Program (All Slots Filled)
     February 24, 2018
     2:00 am - 5:00 am

Prison Book Program
Basement of the United First Parish Church (Church of Presidents)
1306 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02169

Directions to the location: http://www.prisonbookprogram.org/about-us/directions/

Since 1972, the Prison Book Program (PBP) provides donated books and other reading material to incarcerated people for personal development. PBP believes education is a powerful tool that reduces the likelihood of a prisoner returning to the prison system. The PBP’s goals are to encourage literacy by filling requests for books and other educational materials. PBP operates solely on volunteer effort, and as such respects the thousands of hours of volunteer time that are donated each year by individuals and groups of various backgrounds.

More information about the Prison Book Program can be found at http://www.prisonbookprogram.org/

You will be responding to prisoners’ requests for books – Picking, Invoicing, and/or Packing. Pickers read a prisoner’s hand-written request and find appropriate books in PBP’s book store. Pickers are essentially personal shoppers for the prisoners. If you enjoy browsing in your local library or bookstore, this is the job for you. High school-level reading skills and a love of books are all you need to do this job. Invoicers make sure that the chosen books are appropriate and do not contain any forbidden items. If they are good to go, they fill out an invoice. People who can read at least at the high school-level, have legible handwriting and good attention to detail are great candidates for this job. Packers prepare the books for mailing. They wrap the books in brown paper and address the package.