Our volunteers make the Prison Library Project possible. They read inmate letters, select books and prepare books to be mailed. Each letter is a chance to connect someone “inside” with the community.
Volunteering for the Prison Library Project
Volunteers should contact our office at (909) 626-3066 to arrange a time for a basic orientation. Those with a solid knowledge of books and familiarity with the general genres of fiction and nonfiction are particularly helpful.
Students are welcome to volunteer, however, we do require student volunteers to be 16 or over to join the Prison Library Project. We are happy to help you with service learning requirements or unpaid internships projects.
If you are planning on joining the PLP with a group of five or more people, please call or email at least one week in advance.
Please let us know if you would like a volunteer to briefly explain the program to your group. We also welcome (but do not require) any donation towards postage that your group can make. It helps ensure that the books your team prepares can be mailed as soon as possible.
The Happy Neighbor Club
The Happy Neighbor Club is a band that performs the 1st Sunday of each month at the Claremont Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market. This group of six friends (Alan & Margaret Davis, Roy Durnall, Kurt & Barbara Gary, & Lynn Savitsky) has been playing music together for about 15 years. Generous tips from market shoppers (about $1,500.00 per year) are donated directly to the PLP.
The Desert Croquet Band
The Desert Croquet Band has 4 members (Curtiss Bradford, Steve Cahill, Roy Durnall, & Lynn Savitsky) who first came together to play croquet & music in the Mojave Desert. They sing traditional folk, country, & contemporary songs. They perform at the Claremont Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market on the 3rd Sunday of each month, and once a month at the Riverside Farmers’ Market. They donate all tips to the Prison Library Project.