It's been over a year since I last wrote about the Prison Book Program. In March 2010, the Prison Book Program ran a dictionary drive. I sent in a donation to cover the cost of five dictionaries and was so impressed by the organization that I started volunteering with them.
In the past year I've worked to set up a blog featuring essays and artwork from inmates who write to the Prison Book Program. I've donated books, sorted mail, packaged books for inmates and worked the organization's postage machine. I've recruited a few friends who now volunteer on a regular basis, typing up essays from inmates and sorting through donated books. In short, I've become involved in an organization doing good work and I'm glad to be a part of it.
Now, the Prison Book Program is running another dictionary drive. Inmates use dictionaries to improve their spelling and vocabulary. They use them to check Scrabble words and to help solve crossword puzzles. These prisoners are using dictionaries to improve their lives by making positive choices that focus on education.
Please join me in donating to the Prison Book Program's dictionary drive. $2.74 will buy you a large cup of iced coffee, or provide an inmate with a life-changing dictionary. A mere $13.70 provides five prisoners with dictionaries (or it might buy you a movie ticket and—if you're lucky—a small popcorn). You can change the life of 20 inmates by donating $54.80—the price of a dinner out.
So, consider skipping one cup of coffee, a movie ticket, or a dinner out with your partner and change a life instead. The warm fuzzies you'll receive will be worth it.