Working together (Partners & Allies)

Volunteer opportunities beyond UUPMI

Project NIA – has a volunteer program to get books to children incarcerated in Illinois Youth Prisons Contact projectnia@hotmail.com. Liberation Library provides books to youth in prison to encourage imagination, self-determination and connection to the outside world. Sign up to volunteer

Families in Touch – Help family members visit girls in a youth prison. This program helps ensure that young women incarcerated at the Illinois Youth Center in Warrenville get regular visits from family members. The program recruits and trains volunteer drivers who help keep families in touch and in doing so help support communities impacted by incarceration. Training can be scheduled for group training on a mutually agreeable date. Contact Maggie Mui,chicagofamiliesintouch@gmail.com.

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois ~ Connections – Connections provides services and programs for incarcerated mothers and their families. Visits to Momprovides about 500 visits annually for Chicago children to visit their mothers during their incarceration. Free bus transportation is available to Decatur, Greenville, and Logan Correctional Centers. Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) is a support group for caregivers who accompany children visiting parents at the Decatur and Lincoln Correctional Centers. While children visit their parents, caregivers meet for support and informative meetings. Contact Rev. Bernadine White at 773–783-9516.

Chicago Books to Women in Prison – Volunteer collective that distributes books free of charge to women in prison nationwide. You can help by giving your time, books, or monetary contributions, which help defray the costs of shipping books. Volunteers open letters, match up requests, package books, and ship them to prisons. They work on Sunday afternoons, 2-5 p.m. at 4511 N. Hermitage Ave. (Hermitage and Sunnyside) in Chicago. Training for new volunteers is available; email chicagobwp@gmail.com and note “Volunteer Training” in the subject line. All donations of paperback books are acceptable. Especially desired and requested are dictionaries, daily inspirational books and GED preparation books. Learn more or donate