Community Involvement, Victim & Survivor Rights & Services

Staff, incarcerated walk for Ukraine war victims

Ironwood prison raises money by walking for victims of the Ukraine war.
Ironwood State Prison Warden Neil McDowell and Chief Deputy Warden John Merchant led a walk to raise funds for those impacted by the war in Ukraine.

Ironwood State Prison’s incarcerated population, led by Warden Neil McDowell and Chief Deputy Warden John Merchant, walked to raise funds for victims of the war in Ukraine.

The Ukraine Relief Walk, held April 27-28, also found incarcerated artists submitting work for National Crime Victims, Rights Week.

The Ironwood Veterans Inmate Activity Group sponsored the event, circulated informational flyers and trust withdrawal forms to help raise the money. So far $2,000 has been raised and more continues to come in. The money raised will be evenly distributed to three vetted charities: UNICEF USA, Americares, and Operation Blessing International.

“The idea to hold this fundraiser came from the incarcerated population. They truly wanted to help be a part of something greater than themselves and help those in need,” said Carey Ochs, Community Resource Manager. “The event was a huge success and the artwork submitted was beautiful”.

Warden McDowell said, “I am proud of our institution and to be able to support such a noble cause.”

Submitted by Lt. H. Mora

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