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CTF has donated $157k to Special Olympics since 2018

Since 2018, the Correctional Training Facility (CTF) has fostered rehabilitation and community involvement by donating $157,712 to Special Olympics of Northern California (SONC).

Through various fundraisers and donation drives, CTF’s efforts have had a significant impact on the lives of those in need.

Helping others contributes to rehabilitation

Warden (A) L. A. Martinez emphasized the importance of CTF’s continuous efforts to support the Special Olympics. He also said these donations directly contribute to the incarcerated population’s rehabilitation efforts.

“CTF’s commitment to the SONC is a testament to our populations dedication to rehabilitation and giving back to the community. Through these fundraising initiatives, our incarcerated population and staff actively contribute to the betterment of the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities.”

In 2021, during the pandemic, CTF’s incarcerated population stepped up. In all, they donated over $40,000, the largest single donation ever received by the non-profit from incarcerated fundraising.

The following year, in 2022, staff joined the incarcerated population to raise funds through a Flame of Hope Torch Walk. The event culminated in a check presentation of $66,605 to SONC, shattering the previous year’s record. The Torch Walk provided a positive outlet for the incarcerated population to give back to the community.

On July 25, the CTF incarcerated population and staff added to their collective total, presenting a $41,321 check to SONC. This display of support reaffirms CTF’s dedication to making a difference and helping those in need.

Since 2018, CTF’s commitment to supporting Special Olympics reflects the values of compassion, empathy, and community. All these traits are vital to the rehabilitation process. As the tradition continues, the incarcerated population and staff are steadfast in their resolve to create a positive impact.

What is the SONC?

The SONC, a 501(c) non-profit organization, provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This enriching program promotes physical fitness while instilling courage, joy, and friendship for the participants and their families.

Submitted by Lt. Wil Landrum, AA/PIO

Correctional Training Facility (CTF) staff and incarcerated with a donation check for Special Olympics.
Presenting a check to SONC are Warden (A) L.A. Martinez, CTF staff and the members of the incarcerated population who organized the fundraisers.

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