Volunteer

[Last updated: February 1, 2022]

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us! As an all-volunteer group, our work is possible only because of the dedication of volunteers.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, we are unable to accommodate first-time volunteers at this time. If you have not previously volunteered with us, please continue to monitor this page to learn when we will resume holding orientations.

We currently allow a maximum of five volunteers in our workspace at one time. Volunteers must be vaccinated and must sign up in advance for the hour(s) during which they will volunteer. Full details and a link to the sign-up sheet are on our Volunteering During the Pandemic page.

Community Service

If you need documentation of community service hours, you must have your arrival and departure times logged each time you volunteer. Ask a volunteer who is wearing a red "Ask Me" button to record the times of your arrival and departure. We cannot certify community service hours if this procedure is not followed.

When and Where We Pack

During the pandemic, our hours will change frequently. Available hours will always be indicated on our sign-up sheet. Please note that our building closes whenever snow causes the federal government to close.

Two and a half blocks east of Dupont Circle, Foundry United Methodist Church generously provides space to DC Books to Prisons. The church is located at 1500 16th St NW, Washington DC, 20036.

To get to us via Metro, take the Red Line to Dupont Circle, leave via the south entrance, walk partially around the circle to P Street, and go east 2.5 blocks.

To get to us via the Blue/Orange Line, go to McPherson Square, leave via the White House exit, walk one block west on I Street. Once you get to 16th Street, wait for a northbound bus. 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 Street and 16th Street NW.

If you travel via Capital Bikeshare, you can dock your bike at station #31201, located at the intersection of P Street NW and 15th Street NW.

If you are driving, please be aware Foundry does not have a parking lot for visitors, so you will need to find street parking.

The church has multiple entrances. Use the one on 16th Street that can be reached by going up either steps or a ramp. Ring the doorbell to be let in, go through the lobby to your left, then go downstairs. At the bottom of the stairs, turn left. We are in room B1, opposite the men's restroom.

Volunteers using wheelchairs or scooters can reach our room by going up the ramp on 16th Street then taking an elevator down to our floor. The accessible route to our room involves heavy doors that are sometimes locked, so we strongly advise that you ask the receptionist to escort you. For more details on disability access, see our page for volunteers with disabilities.

Nut-Free Policy

To ensure the safety of a person with a severe nut allergy, Foundry has gone nut-free. Please do not bring any foods containing nuts into the building.