Words Stretching Beyond Bars & Walls, Since 1994
For over 27 years, the Women’s Prison Book Project (WPBP) has provided women and transgender persons in prison with free reading materials covering a wide range of topics from law and education (dictionaries, GED, etc.) to fiction, politics, history, and women’s health. We are an all-volunteer, grassroots organization. We build connections with those behind the walls, and educate those of us on the outside about the realities of prison and the justice system.
COVID-19 has made our work more challenging - and more essential than ever
During this pandemic, no population has been hit harder than the incarcerated. With lockdowns, isolation and heightened uncertainty inside prison, our services are in demand more than ever.
In 2020-2021, WPBP volunteers rose to the challenge, and served even more incarcerated readers than in previous years. We were able to do this because cash donations made it possible to focus our time and energy away from fundraising, and more on what mattered most: meeting the requests of our readers.
We used funds to send holiday letters inside to all 2,600 readers who had requested books from WPPB in 2019, bought what we needed to make our new space work for us and fed our very hungry postage machine as packages flew out the door. Volunteers masked up, got vaccinated, and came together to make the work happen.
Any amount helps
Now, we're asking for your financial support. $40 sends books to ten women; $400 covers a week of postage; $1500 can purchase a month's worth of priority books we don't receive through donations -- addiction/recovery workbooks, legal self-help, GED prep and more.
Thank you for your past support, and for your continued support in these uncertain times. Without you, WPBP simply would not exist!