On this trip to Inside Books, I was able to volunteer my time to a different area of the packaging process than I usually did. I had always just taped the packages so I didn't have to write letters (not my strong suit), but this time I needed to write letters because they were so far behind in the letters. I was only able to complete around 3 letters in the two hours due to my meticulousness with my book choices, but upon leaving was no longer nervous about writing to the incarcerated prisoners.
The environment is really laid back and casual, and the impact you make is almost immediately gratifying when you read the letters from people.
I loved getting to be a part of this event, and the fact that it takes place weekly is even better. I would definitely like to volunteer here again.
My experience at Inside books was enjoyable. It was always satisfying when I could fulfill the book requests I was assigned. The letters were written so politely, and it was a pleasure to read them. I would like to go back.
I volunteered for Inside Books, and I read letters from many inmates from various prisons, reviewed their book requests, and prepared packages with a personal letter written to them inside. It was great, like nothing I've done before, I will need to volunteer here again!
Picked out and sorted books to be given to inmates at different Texas prisons.
I had so much fun looking for the books that the inmates requested. It made me feel happy that I got to help someone who is probably going through a difficult time. Reading the inmates letters and getting to know some of their stories was very touching. I would definitely recommend this to everybody because it was fun and you are helping other people who need someone.
This was definitely an interesting experience. I would say eye opening is the true description. For this event, I had to read letters from prisoners and see if I could gather books relevant to their requests. Going into this, I had a negative view of prisoners, perhaps even subordinate. However, reading those letters was greatly humanizing; one prisoner even shared the same literature tastes as me. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about prisoners now because of trying to balance morality and humanity, but I can certainly say that my views are not the same as the ones I had before doing this event. Overall, I highly appreciated this event because it challenged my thoughts and allowed for a different view.
It was great to serve people who really have no other contact
Had the opportunity to provide prison inmates with books that they requested. I worked with my ULN friend searching the libraries to find certain books that the inmates requested in their letters. Overall, very awesome and would definitely do it again!