Since the early 1970s, Books to Prisoners has operated with no paid staff, on a minimal budget more than 90% of which goes directly to cover the cost of postage and mailing supplies. Aside from a few grants, it’s all thanks to many small donors.
Our top requests from prisoners: Dictionaries, thesauruses, books on starting and running small businesses and real estate businesses, trade books (e.g. plumbing, electricity, carpentry, construction, auto mechanics), and legal self-help.
To carry out its mission, Books to Prisoners relies entirely on volunteers who donate their time. Whether you can spend one hour or 10 hours answering letters, wrapping packages, writing grant proposals, or sorting books, BTP needs your help Monday and Tuesday evenings from 6pm-10pm, in Seattle’s University District.