Get Involved: Volunteer

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M.M.S., incarcerated in Pennsylvania

Books to Prisoners strives to help incarcerated individuals by providing tools for education and self-empowerment. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) with only one part-time paid staff member, we rely upon dedicated volunteers. You can be sure that your time and efforts will be deeply appreciated by the individuals we serve. As a volunteer, you’ll have the opportunity to read request letters for books that have been sent by our clients and to comb through our library of books to find the perfect selection to send. Our volunteers and donors agree: supporting Books to Prisoners is a valuable and rewarding experience!

We welcome individuals, students, court-ordered community service volunteers, and small groups. Volunteers with previous experience in a library setting or who are avid readers are best prepared to help choose books from our library–but we welcome all who love to learn!

Our Seattle headquarters hosts volunteers during the following times:

Orientations: 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm | Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Tuesday | 6-10 pm

Wednesday | 9:30 am-1:30 pm

Wednesday | 6-10 pm

Thursday | 6-10 pm

Sunday *NEW starting Sep 1* | 1-5 pm – package wrapping only

For details on our location and additional information about the volunteer process, please email

We request that ALL court-ordered community service volunteers contact us by email before orientation.