Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility inmates raised funds to purchase 200 bicycles to give to needy children.

Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility inmates raised funds to purchase 200 bicycles to give to needy children.

By Robert Brown, Community Resources Manager
Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility

About 200 disadvantaged kids had a brighter holiday season thanks to the efforts of inmates at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility.

Warden Daniel Paramo was on hand along with the mascot for the San Diego Padres.

Warden Daniel Paramo was on hand along with the mascot for the San Diego Padres.

The inmates raised money to purchase 200 new bicycles and accessories to be given to San Diego area children in need. The inmates also assembled the bicycles. The recipients were selected for the program by the event’s sponsors, National City School Board and Salvation Army Kroc Center.

Whitney Southwick, of NBC 7 San Diego, served as emcee for the Dec. 4 event.

Projects like the bicycle fundraiser provide an outlet for offenders to use their time productively, while also giving back to the community, according to prison officials.

Inmate programs offered at facility:

    • CALPIA:  Bakery, Laundry, Casual Shoe Factory
    • Vocational:  Welding/Machine Shop/HVAC
    • Academic: Adult Basic Education, High School/GED, Pre-Release, English as a Second Language, Literacy Program, and Limited College Courses
    • Other:  Community Service Crews, Youth Diversion, Religious, Bicycle Refurbishing, Victim Awareness, and Drug Treatment/Diversion

Learn more about RJDCF at https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Facilities_Locator/RJD.html

From left, Sgt. Leonard Vanderweide, Officer Eva Solis, Officer Bertha Flores, Officer Juan Ayala and Sgt. Gerardo Arteaga.

From left, Sgt. Leonard Vanderweide, Officer Eva Solis, Officer Bertha Flores, Officer Juan Ayala and Sgt. Gerardo Arteaga.

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