Community nonprofit groups benefit from inmate fundraising activities
By Lt. Everardo Silva, AA/Public Information Officer
Calipatria State Prison
Calipatria State Prison recently held a ceremony during which local nonprofit organizations and schools received close to $24,000 through the Inmate Leisure Time Activity Groups.
Over the past several months, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous sponsored local food businesses in order to sell food to other inmates as part of a fundraiser, then proceeds were given to various programs throughout the local community. Those programs assist people affected by cancer, victims of crime and educational programs.
Donation recipients include the Nathan (Nate) Mata Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Anthony Garcia Foundation, Emilio Nares Foundation, Fremont Primary School, Place4Grace, the Imperial County Victims Witness Assistance Program and the Westmorland Union Elementary School District.
During the ceremony, Keshon, an inmate at Calipatria State Prison, said, “We don’t have an opportunity to reach out to those we hurt so in essence the way to make amends is to change your life. By donating funds to people who need it, is one way to make amends.”
Warden Warren L. Montgomery said, “As one of the largest employers in the Imperial Valley, it is the prison’s responsibility to make sure they are good partners in the community.”
Angelio, an inmate in the AA/NA program, said he was particularly touched by the organization assisting those affected by cancer and this is the first time he’s been able to reach out and help an organization in the community.