Pack Some Books
Come fulfill prisoners' requests with us on Wednesday evenings between 5:00 p.m. and 8:50 p.m. at Foundry United Methodist Church.
If you are a first-time volunteer, we ask that you attend orientation before picking and packing books. Orientation is offered on the third Wednesday of each month and begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. Latecomers may be asked to complete other tasks for the project or to return on another day.
New volunteers may also attend orientation on a scheduled group pack night. Please check our calendar.
Email us if you have any questions.
Where We Pack
Two and a half blocks east of Dupont Circle, Foundry United Methodist Church generously provides space for the project and our donated library. The church is located at 1500 16th St NW, Washington DC, 20036.
If you need documentation of community service hours, please notify a core volunteer (in a red "Ask Me" button) upon arrival as your arrival time is required to certify community service hours.
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 (room B2).
Volunteers who use wheelchairs or for other reasons need to avoid steps should instead enter via the church's P Street ramp. For more details on disability access, see our page for volunteers with disabilities.
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 appreciate your interest in bringing a group to volunteer with us. Due to limited access to our room, which is used for other purposes, we are unable to accommodate many group requests, but feel free to contact us if you are interested. It would generally be a weeknight evening, based on room availability. Holidays generally are unavailable, as the church is often closed. Contact us if you're interested.