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Airway Heights Corrections Center Inmates Raise More Than $2,500 For Wildfire Recovery

December 15, 2015

By Diane Folland, Administrative Assistant 3,

Airway Heights Corrections Center

photo of the Board members of the Okanogan County Long Term Recover Organization

Board members of the Okanogan County Long Term Recover Organization gather at Grand Coulee Dam visitor center to collect a check totaling $2,545.11 raised by inmates at Airway Heights Corrections Center.

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Inmates at Airway Heights Corrections Center (AHCC) this month raised approximately $2,545 for victims of this summer’s wildfires, which burned more than 133,000 acres near Okanogan.

Inmates raised the money by purchasing bags of prepared chicken at the prison. Each quarter, AHCC hosts a fundraiser for a different local charity. Inmate representatives chose the Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Organization, a charity supported through the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.

The wildfires had an impact on Washington Department of Corrections (DOC) employees and inmates alike, prison officials said. Members of the prison’s Emergency Response Team staffed the Okanogan County jail so its employees who were impacted by the fire could respond to home and family emergencies. AHCC inmates who were part of the Washington Department of Natural Resources correctional camps worked as firefighters to battle the blazes. Several DOC employees and inmates said they had family members and friends impacted by the fires.

The proceeds of the sale of the chicken went to the Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Organization. Funds raised will provide assistance to wildfire victims who were without insurance or under-insured and provide weatherization resources for victims who were displaced from their homes and are now living in campers and motor homes. Funds will also go toward providing as food and care for livestock and other animals.

AHCC’s donation will help with needs to help bring those lives affected by the fires back to normal, according to prison officials. Anyone wishing to make a donation to wildfire relief efforts in Okanogan County can do so online through the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.

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