Miami Correctional Facility awards $5,000 in grant monies

Last Updated on May 19, 2015 by cassnetwork

Bunker Hill, IN  – In its first round of grant distributions, the Miami Correctional Facility (MCF) awarded a total of $5,000 to five charities recently as a part of its Community Involvement Grant.

The facility granted $500 to Junior Achievement serving Cass County for “JA’s Our City. This program introduces students to the intersection of financial literacy and third-grade social studies learning objectives, including the characteristics of cities and how people and businesses in cities manage their money. About 520 third grade students will benefit from the program.

Pipe Creek Township Fire Department was awarded $1,000 to assist them in purchasing AED’s for their rescue trucks. The fire department has started running first responders to assist Dukes Hospital as requested.

Denver Volunteer Fire Department also received $500 to purchase a new smoke machine to assist with training firefighters. The machine fills a building with smoke so firefighters can learn various techniques in search and rescue. Firefighters from Miami, Cass, Fulton and Wabash counties will benefit from the purchase.

Vineyard Community Church in Logansport was awarded $1,000 for its Back to School Party for elementary age students. At this event, kindergarten through fifth grade students received backpacks
filled with school supplies. Vineyard also provides free sack lunches on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer to children in need.

Harvesting Capability Inc. of Peru was awarded $2,000. The money will be used to purchase additional aluminum ramp parts to enable volunteers to provide ramps to people with disabilities and senior citizens in a short amount of time. The money allows the group to purchase parts needed to build ramps quickly as requests are received.

The grants are one way that Miami Correctional Facility gives back to the community, according to
Superintendent Kathy Griffin.

“We are constantly trying to find ways to be a good neighbor. We get several grant applications for these funds making the decision making process difficult. All are worthy of the grant monies. I’m pleased that we can give a little bit to make a difference in so many people’s lives.”

The grant money comes from the facility’s Fresh Favorite sales to the offenders. The Indiana Department of Correction’s (IDOC) contract with Aramark, which provides offender food services, has an addendum
which allows for five percent of the net profits from the sale of Fresh Favorites food to be put into a Community Involvement fund and to be given away to the community.

Fresh Favorites is a special menu of items offered to the offenders for a price. Every IDOC facility using
Aramark Food Services will receive this five percent and each gets to determine how they want to spend
it to benefit the community.

Grant applications are accepted at all times, and can be obtained via email by contacting Ann Hubbard,
ahubbard@idoc.in.gov; or Robin Burton at rmburton@idoc.in.gov. The facility will accept applications
from any agency/charity with a Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code within Miami, Cass and Howard
counties.