Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

February 17, 2013

Miami prison giving back

Facility donated more than $15,000 in 2012

From staff reports

— BUNKER HILL – The Miami Correctional Facility donated $15,282 and nearly 25,000 hours of community service to several community organizations in 2012.

The facility has two agencies - American Legion Post 555 and the Purposeful Living Units Serve Unit - which host fund-raisers through food sales to the offender population each year.

The money raised goes back to the group to help fund their operation and the rest is donated to outside agencies.

In 2012, the PLUS Unit made the following donations: Special Olympics, $700; Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault, $1,220; Bowl for Kids Sake (Big Brothers/Big Sisters), $500; Pipe Creek Township Volunteer Fire Department, $200; MCF’s Volunteer Appreciation Celebration, $842; and Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, $500.

The American Legion Post 555 donated: Special Olympics, $810; Red Cross Henryville, $500; Indiana School for the Blind, $500; State American Legion Commander’s Project, $1,110; Whites Institute, $1,000; IDOC – Domestic Violence, $500; Flag Monument, $600; and Flag Education Program to all local schools, $300.

The facility also donated 24,875 total hours to several different agencies throughout the year. Some of those include: Mississinewa Reservoir, Camp Buffalo and Camp Carey Boy Scout camps, Salvation Army, Indiana Department of Transportation, Nickel Plate Trail, Circus Hall of Fame, Logansport State Hospital, Bunker Hill Street Department, We Care charity auction, and Peru Parks Department.

In addition, last year the facility initiated a new Community Involvement Grant to give away funds to any Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code charity or organization within Miami, Cass or Howard counties. The first grants totaling $6,000 were given to Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre Children’s Theater workshop, Peru Public Library, Miami County YMCA, Emmaus Mission Center, Kokomo Rescue Mission and Circus City Festival.

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