The Correctional Training Facility (CTF) staff and the incarcerated population raised $7,526 for a local arts center.
Staff and the incarcerated members of the Phoenix Alliance worked together to organize the successful food sale fundraiser.
Funds went to the Alisal Center for Fine Arts, specifically benefiting their annual Christmas in the Park event.
Held in December, the annual event provides special moments for children who face financial constraints and lack access to resources. In addition to gifts, families are provided with Christmas trees. The event also features a snow machine for a full winter experience.
The arts center is a nonprofit organization in Salinas dedicated to providing cost-free art education programs to the region’s youth. Their mission extends beyond teaching art, creating a safe haven for youth in a neighborhood that experiences higher crime rates.
By offering mentorship, guidance, and role models, the center nurtures creative expression and community engagement. The center also guides students towards higher education opportunities.
Through their food sale fundraiser, staff members and incarcerated individuals made a significant contribution to their community. This joint effort aids those in need while also facilitating personal growth for those involved.
Through events like this, CTF and the incarcerated population raise awareness for important causes while also showing the transformative potential of collaboration, empathy, and community engagement.
Together, they have proven that even within the confines of incarceration, the individuals housed at CTF possess the power to make a positive impact and work towards building a better society.
Submitted by Lt. Wil Landrum, AA/PIO
Correctional Training Facility