Pack Some Books
Come fulfill prisoners' requests with us on Wednesday evenings between 5:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. at the Foundry United Methodist Church. If you are a first-time volunteer, please come on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. so that you may attend orientation. You may also attend orientation by arriving when a group is being oriented. Please check our calendar. Email us if you have questions. View our calendar.
Where We Pack
The Foundry United Methodist Church is kind enough to let us use some space in their building. The address is 1500 16th St NW, Washington DC, 20036. Located 2.5 blocks east of Dupont Circle.
To get there via metro, take the red line to Dupont Circle, leave via the south entrance, walk partially around the circle to P St. and go east 2.5 blocks.
To get there via the blue/orange line, go to McPherson Square, leave via the White House exit, walk one block west on I St. Once you get to 16th St., wait for buses heading north (Buses come about every 5 to 10 minutes before 7:30). When the bus goes through the tunnel, pull the "stop requested" wire and get off at the next stop which is the intersection of P St. and 16th St NW.
If you are driving, please be aware Foundry does not have a parking lot, so you will need to find street parking.
Once you get to the church (door on 16th St.) ring the doorbell to be let in, then go downstairs. Turn left, go to the end of the hall, then turn right. We are the last door on the right after the bathrooms (B2). The church is wheelchair accessible via a ramp on 16th Street, located to the right of the steps, and an elevator within the building.
Bring Books to the Post Office & Other Opportunities
We are always in need of volunteers with cars to help mail packages. We also need volunteers that can assist with grant applications, updating resource lists, tracking down hard-to-find books, letter opening, pre-sorting letters, and compiling information about our work. We also need individuals who might be interested in side projects like becoming a prisoner's penpal or working on a legal guide for prisoners. Contact us if you're interested.
We are happy to try to coordinate with groups who might be looking for an opportunity to volunteer somewhere. If you have a group but the Wednesday time does not work, contact us about trying to schedule another time. Holidays generally are unavailable, as the church is often closed. Contact us if you're interested.