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Will Run for Books! (Chicago Books to Women in Prison)

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THE STORY:

Books have transformative power. They offer entertainment, empowerment, and education. But for incarcerated women, a book can be a rarity.  

Women account for the fastest growing population in prison. What’s more, incarcerated women face a unique set of challenges — the majority of women in prison are survivors of domestic abuse, and nearly 70 percent have young children. However, too often prisons don’t have adequate resources for these women. Prison libraries are severely underfunded, and women often have limited access to these libraries.  

That’s where Chicago Books to Women in Prison comes in. This all-volunteer group sends paperback books to incarcerated women — including transwomen — nationwide. Women send requests for books directly to CBWP, and we fulfill those requests as best we can using our stock of donated books. 

Women request all sorts of books, from modern fiction to legal information to career advice to poetry to romance to self-help to religious texts to parenting guides to sudoku and crossword puzzles.  

I’m proud to volunteer with an organization committed to this underserved population, and I want to further support CBWP by running the Seattle marathon on November 26. I’ve set a fundraising goal of $500, all of which will go to CBWP to better support its mission of improving the quality of life for incarcerated women by increasing access to books. 

Every donation is helpful. Just $10 enables us to send three packages of books, each package containing three books. So far this year (as of June 25), we have already sent 2,549 packages of books or blank journals, and with your help we can do so much more. Visit our website here if you’d like to learn more about CBWP and how to get involved. Thank you in advance for your support!

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$550

MONEY RAISED
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  • Catherine Hoffman

    $25

  • Anjali Thakrar

    $15

  • Venkat Chebolu

    $20

  • Sebas

    $20

  • Laurie Rosin

    $100

  • Tamara Rosin (HHD)

    $40

  • The Braaten

    $50

  • Beverly Brown

    $25

  • Sara

    $100

  • Subathra

    $50

  • Tim Aldrich

    $55

  • Molly Gamble

    $50

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110% Raised of $500 Goal

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The Team: $550 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Molly Gamble

Molly Gamble

DONATION: $50

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Tim Aldrich

Tim Aldrich

DONATION: $55

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Subathra

Subathra

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Sara

Sara

DONATION: $100

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Beverly Brown

Beverly Brown

DONATION: $25

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The Braaten

The Braaten

DONATION: $50

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Tamara Rosin (HHD)

Tamara Rosin (HHD)

DONATION: $40

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Laurie Rosin

Laurie Rosin

DONATION: $100

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Sebas

Sebas

DONATION: $20

2 months ago

Venkat Chebolu

Venkat Chebolu

DONATION: $20

2 months ago