UUAA continues an active participation in a small group Ministry to collect and distribute used books to State/County Correctional Facilities. We accept (undamaged) books for redistribution to our confined readers in several key facilities.
Started in 2006, the Prison Books group increased our Congregation's donations from about 500 in 2006 to 4,600 in 2008. The UU group has connected with the Huron Valley State Prison Facilities, Coldwater State Facilities, Maxey State Facilities, Jackson State Facilities, and Washtenaw County Jail and Youth Home facilities.
The UUAA Prison Books Team is celebrating a very successful 2013. 20,000 books were delivered to 15 local and state prison facilities. Several children’s books displays were created for visitor use. This has created a need for donations of preschool and beginner reading books. Please help with this need.
Here are some ways to get involved:
- Volunteer to join the group .We can use additional packers/deliverers. Participation generally involves group meetings approximately bi-monthly to sort/pack and deliver books...let us know your interest and we will keep you informed.
- Volunteer to donate books. We can always use books. Books can be brought to UUAA and dropped off or we can make arrangements to pick them up at your residence.
- Contact our coordinator. We always want to hear from interested UUs so we can either explain our program or listen to new ideas for growth/improvement...we welcome your interest!