From left are Martina Virrey, DVI Community Partnership Manager;  Rhodesia Ransom; Mary Sandstrom-Eberhardt ; Evelyn Tolbert; Tracy Police Capt. Jeremy Watney;  Jerome Price, DVI Warden (A), Jean Birk; Donald Busser (Associate Warden – retired); Allen Baraldi, SCEP, and Lt. Arnel Bona, DVI Public Information Officer.

From left are Martina Virrey, DVI Community Partnership Manager; Rhodesia Ransom; Mary Sandstrom-Eberhardt ; Evelyn Tolbert; Tracy Police Capt. Jeremy Watney; Jerome Price, DVI Warden (A); Jean Birk; Donald Busser (Associate Warden – retired); Allen Baraldi, SCEP, and Lt. Arnel Bona, DVI Public Information Officer.

By Lt. Arnel Bona, A.A., Public Information Officer
Deuel Vocational Institute

Self-help groups, citizens and prison officials collectively agreed to pitch in to help a community youth organization.

The Deuel Vocational Institution’s Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) and 25 inmates representing self-help organizations on Sept. 11 agreed to donate $8,800 to the Boys and Girls Club of Tracy.

The groups involved included Multicultural Motivational Development Group, Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, Life 2 Life, Gavel Club and Straight Life Program.

These inmate self-help organizations collected the funds from food sales. All the organizations collectively agreed to donate the money to the youth group.

What is the Boys & Girls Club of Tracy?

The club has been a cornerstone of the community since opening its doors in 1989. Serving some 2,500 youth annually, Boys & Girls Club of Tracy provides a safe, structured and positive environment for young people after school, during holidays and summer vacation.

The Boys & Girls Club of Tracy is part of a nationwide network. Located in every state, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and U.S. military installations overseas, Boys & Girls Clubs are delivering proven programs to millions of young people every day, according to club officials.

The mission of the club is “to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.”