Between the Lines
Between the Lines serves as a bridge between parents that are incarcerated and their children, and strives to provide comfort in times of separation.
During scheduled readings, volunteers help incarcerated moms read books into recorders, and the recordings are transferred to CDs and sent to their children. This unique program promotes literacy and helps to alleviate the distance barrier children face when their parent is incarcerated.
Get Involved with Between the Lines
Signing up to Volunteer
In order to volunteer at Between the Lines at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCFC) you must have a completed and approved Law Enforcement Data System (LEDS) form on file.
Sign-up for readings typically closes between one and two weeks prior to the scheduled reading. This is because our staff contacts at CCFC need time to submit paperwork for approval listing all volunteers that will be coming into the building.
Arriving at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility
CCFC is located at 24399 SW Grahams Ferry Rd. in Wilsonville, Oregon 97070.
Lockers will be available if you’d like to store a bag or jacket before going through security, but anything worn past the security check-point must remain on your person.
Oregon Department of Corrections has very strict clothing guidelines for visiting CCFC. Please make sure to dress in accordance. You will not be granted access to the facility if you do not follow the dress code.
Directions to CCFC
If coming from north of Wilsonville, take I-5 South to the N. Wilsonville/Stafford Exit (#286). Turn right at the traffic signal from the off ramp. Go through the next traffic signal (1 block). Turn left on Day Street at next traffic signal, follow Day Street to the traffic signal (about 1/2 mile). Go through the traffic signal and through the main gate. Stop at the speaker and identify yourself to Control Center staff. When directed to do so, proceed to the parking lot.
If coming from south of Wilsonville, take I-5 North to the N. Wilsonville/Stafford Exit (#286). Turn left at the top of the off ramp. Cross over the overpass, and go through two traffic signals (roughly two small blocks). Turn left on Day Street at third light, follow Day Street to the traffic signal (about 1/2 mile). Go through the traffic signal and through the main gate. Stop at speaker and identify yourself to Control Center staff. When directed to do so, proceed to the parking lot.
What to Expect at CCFC
There are two types of volunteers required for each reading; librarians and recorders. We may or may not know how many moms will be reading upon arrival at CCFC.
Librarians set books out, grouping books by age-level and content, and help moms choose a book to read. Moms arrive at the library in groups of 3-4, select a book to read to their child and fill out an envelope with their child’s information. Moms will return books back to librarians once they’ve finished their reading. Librarians also administer survey evaluations to moms post reading.
Recorders use YWCA-provided recorders to capture the moms reading. Recordings are then converted to CD by additional volunteers. Typically CCFC will provide us with 3-4 rooms for readings. We try to pair 2 volunteers together to work with each mom. You should introduce yourself to the mom before starting to record. Moms often get emotional during readings, but note that s volunteers, physical contact is not permitted. After the readings, moms place recordings in their envelopes and deposit the envelopes in bags placed outside of rooms.
Other Volunteer Needs
Volunteers are also needed to convert/transcribe recordings to CDs, and for our post-reading Wrapping Parties.
Transcription volunteers convert digital recordings onto CDs and ensure each CD is playable, then label CDs with the child’s name and book title.This volunteer position can be done at home or at the YWCA office and scheduling is flexible. Conversions/transcriptions must be completed within two weeks of the reading.
Wrapping Party volunteers package and prepare CDs for mailing and ensure each package is properly addressed with the child’s name and mailing information. These parties take place about two weeks after a reading and are held at the YWCA office at 4610 SE Belmont St. in Portland, Oregon 97215.
Sponsor a Reading
Readings happen quarterly and we are asking for sponsorships of $750 per event, which covers the cost of all program supplies. Program supplies include books for each child, blank CDs, wrapping paper, envelopes, and the cost of mailing. Contributions are 100 percent tax deductible, or can be counted as a business expense. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Not able to sponsor a reading, but still want to contribute? Help us stock our book inventory! Please mail or drop off books to our office at 4610 SE Belmont St. Suite 125, Portland OR 97215.
Contact Allison Cohen, Community Engagement Coordinator, with additional questions at email@example.com, or 503-294-7452.