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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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$1,150

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

  • Karis Hustad

    $25

  • Ashton Mitchell

    $15

  • Missy Turk

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Jasmine

    $10

  • Shomya Tripathy

    $25

  • Riley Nelson

    $20

  • Jessica

    $10

  • Ted

    $20

  • Emily B.

    $50

  • Tanya Fernandes

    $20

  • Laura B

    $25

  • Morgan

    $25

  • Bridget

    $15

  • Victoria Ewing

    $10

  • Braatens

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $250

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230% Raised of$500 Goal

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The Team: $1,150 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Akanksha Jayanthi

Amount Raised

$1,150

 

230% Raised of$500 Goal

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Erin Harper

Amount Raised

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Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $250

1 year ago

Braatens

Braatens

DONATION: $50

Hope the wind is at your back. Proud of you and your worthy fundraising cause. 1 year ago

Victoria Ewing

Victoria Ewing

DONATION: $10

1 year ago

Bridget

Bridget

DONATION: $15

Happy marathoning, congrats! 1 year ago

Morgan

Morgan

DONATION: $25

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Laura B

Laura B

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Tanya Fernandes

Tanya Fernandes

DONATION: $20

Best of luck Akanksha! 1 year ago

Emily B.

Emily B.

DONATION: $50

Good luck running in your race! 1 year ago

Ted

Ted

DONATION: $20

1 year ago

Jessica

Jessica

DONATION: $10

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