Pack Some Books
Come fulfill prisoners' requests with us on Wednesday evenings between 5:00 p.m. and 9:20 p.m. at Foundry United Methodist Church.
First-time volunteers are welcome, but because of space and because this work requires training over time, we cannot accommodate one-time volunteers. Registration for orientation is required via our DC Books to Prisons Orientation Sign-Up form. Orientation is held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30. Allow time to find us from the Metro (Dupont Circle) or to search for parking, as we intend to start orientations on time. Latecomers will be asked to re-register, and groups consisting of more than three people should contact us at <firstname.lastname@example.org> for group orientation times and information. Donation of $5 toward postage is appreciated but not required.
New volunteers may also attend orientation on a scheduled group pack night. See our calendar to learn about upcoming group pack nights.
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.
If you have any questions about orientation, please email B2POrientation@gmail.com.
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.
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 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, 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, go to the end of the hall, then turn right. We are the last door on the right after the bathrooms (room B2).
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. 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 who can assist with writing grant applications, tracking down hard-to-find books, opening and 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. 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. Preference is given to groups that commit to coming multiple times. Groups are generally scheduled for weeknight evenings, based on room availability. Holidays generally are unavailable, as the church is often closed. Contact us if you're interested.