250 famished supporters ready to share a hearty breakfast with a community of friends, one and new. Walker, bikers and drivers dodged the Cities’ famed potholes to gather for a gustatory treat served by a squadron of volunteers on hand to support the work of the Women’s Prison Book Project.
The community room at Walker church was a beehive of activity and good will. Fundraiser attendees breakfasting on stacks of light and flaky pancakes, pitchers of syrup, and grits, complete with hot sauce and grated cheese. Kids industriously worked on original Valentines to be shared with political prisons. Meanwhile, bibliophiles pored over mountains of pre-read books, good reads all but hardcover books not allowed in correctional facilities (don’t ask…)
Donations for the fundraiser came not only from breakfasters but from area organizations and business including CO-OP Partners, Peace Coffee, Anodyne Café, Trader Joe’s, and Equal Exchange. Walker Church has donated the space since the beginning of the annual fundraiser.
WPBP planners report that Saturday’s fundraiser brought in about $2300, enough money to support approximately 1 ½ months of MPBP mailings – funds pay for postage and packaging.
The labor involved in organizing contributed books, matching books and incarcerated readers, then packaging and mailing a constant flow of requested titles, falls to a cadre of committed volunteers who meet, wrap and mail every Sunday.
One of the outcomes of Saturday’s fundraiser is a treasured list of some 30 attendees who offered to lend a hand. Good thing, too, because since Saturday a local church has contributed what a “huge donation of books” which volunteer Beth Derenne celebrates as “overwhelming but exciting!”
The Women’s Prison Book Project is located at Boneshaker Books, 2002 23rd Avenue South, just off Franklin in the Seward neighborhood.