Volunteering

SUNDAYS 4-7 PM
2523 George Nick Connor
Mid-City, New Orleans LA

New volunteers are encouraged!  Come by and help us respond to letters and wrap packages. All are welcome: feel free to stay for a single worknight, come back every week, or ask us about joining our group. Check our Facebook page for updates and additions to our worknight schedule. Parking is limited. Please be courteous of our neighbors and do not park in their driveways.

To give you an idea of what goes on at a worknight here are the Package Preparations Instructions for Volunteers

Answering Letters:

1. Open letter and read requests. If the letter mentions any request other than for reading materials ask a collective member for assistance.

2. Check the shelves and pick out 1-3 books. We ask that you do not send more than three books, as our funds are limited. Try to find the closest book to what has been requested. We do not fulfill requests for specific books (but if a specific book is requested and we do happen to have it, by all means send it.)

3. Fill out a shipping invoice. Indicate each book’s title and quantity.

4. Wrap a rubber band around the books and invoice and place them in the stack waiting to have their shipping labels printed.

Wrapping Packages:

1. Take a package from the stack of books that have already had their shipping labels printed.  Remove a grocery bag from the box near the desk and cut out an appropriately-sized sheet to wrap the package. When you wrap the package, make sure that the printing faces the inside of the package, so no markings are visible on the outside.

2. Wrap the package and be sure to place the invoice inside (if you accidentally wrap the package without including the invoice, don’t worry. It happens a lot. But do unwrap the package and insert the invoice.) Please make sure that the package is properly wrapped and that there are no holes or tears in the paper.  Tape is cheap!  Postage is not.

3. Apply the shipping label to the outside of the package. Take a piece of tape and cover the label completely. This allows us to make note of which packages are returned. When packages are returned the prisoner name and ID number are often marked out.

4. Give the package a quick once over for potential problems, and then place it in the outgoing mail stack. You’re done! If you have time, grab another letter and do it all over again.

That’s it!  Thank you for helping us out.