Representatives from the Tuolumne County Victims Witness Assistance Center, Silver Paw Rescue Ranch and SCC fundraising committee.

Representatives from the Tuolumne County Victims Witness Assistance Center, Silver Paw Rescue Ranch and SCC fundraising committee.

By Lt. Robert Kelsey, AA/Public Information Officer
Sierra Conservation Center

Two local charities were recently presented checks as a result of fundraising efforts by staff and inmates at Sierra Conservation Center (SCC).

The two charities selected were the Silver Paw Rescue Ranch and the Tuolumne County Victim Witness Assistance Center.

The ranch’s primary mission is to train service animals for military veterans in need and the area. The Tuolumne County Victims Witness Assistance Center primarily focuses on children and individuals with special needs who have been the victim of a crime.

The majority of the funds were raised through a holiday basket drawing during which staff members from each department bought an item and donated it to the drawing.  This year 43 baskets/items were donated by staff and local businesses.

As a result of the generosity of those who donated items, SCC was able to raise $5,271 through ticket sales.  This money was split equally between the two charities. Also, the inmates at SCC donated an additional $1,628.11 to the Silver Paw Rescue Ranch. The money was generated through inmate fundraising activities.

Acting Warden Joel Martinez stated, “I am so impressed by the giving spirit of all the staff and inmates here at SCC, and honored to present these checks on their behalf to your deserving organizations.”

The Silver Paw Rescue Ranch will be using these much needed funds to build a shelter for the dogs being trained and portable kennels to be given to the veteran once the animal is placed.

The Tuolumne County Victims Witness Assistance Center will utilize the funds to acquire a service dog to be used to help children cope with trauma and to be present on the stand with the children when testifying.