How Can I Help?
Read Between the Bars is comprised of collective members and volunteers from the Tucson community. RBtB collective members meet about once a month to discuss fundraising opportunities, tabling opportunities, and to discuss the twice monthly Book-Packing Party.
At RBtB’s Book-Packing Parties, RBtB volunteers (YOU!) match books to requests from people in prison. You read each letter, peruse our library of books, and pick out the books that best match what they’re asking for. Then, you wrap them up and address the package so that we can send it out the next day. Join us! Snacks, fun, and request letters await you.
Book packing parties are the second Wednesdays and last Sunday of every month.
Read Between the Bars is always in search of people to keep the project going strong. You can join RBtB as a collective member or a volunteer. Depending on our current projects, we ask for a time commitment from collective members of one meeting per month, one Book-Packing Party per month (approximately three hours), and/or additional hours to answer mail, sort books, table at events, and raise funds. Any additional time is determined by the individual’s availability. RBtB volunteers join us for our Book-Packing Parties and help the project in other ways like spreading the word about RBtB to their friends, family, and neighbors; picking up book donations for us; and helping us brainstorm creative ways to raise funds.
Interested in joining us as a RBtB collective member or volunteer?
Please e-mail us with any inquiries, questions, or curiosities.
You can also join our e-mail list to receive monthly updates about Read Between the Bars and upcoming Book-Packing Parties.
Other ways you can help:
- Tell your friends and community about Read Between The Bars.
- Throw a fundraiser or encourage others to donate money for postage, packing materials, and paperback books.
- Pick up book donations.
- Sort and shelve books.
- Attend a book-packing party. We have one at least once a month. Send us an email if you would like to come!
Read Between The Bars is entirely run by awesome, committed volunteers. We’re a small, grassroots group and we could use help organizing the project. Please get in contact with us if you would like to volunteer.