During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, men who are currently incarcerated at Kern Valley State Prison in Facility A and Facility C raised $6,551.58 for the Susan G. Komen Northern & Central California division.
The men from Facility A raised $2,133.34, spearheaded the fundraiser and collaborated with the Compassion Prison Project which emphasizes giving back to the community as part of their program.
Jenna Kieckhaefer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, California State University, Fresno Department of Criminology representing the Susan G. Komen Northern & Central California was present at the ceremonies to receive all three checks.
“These donations will go directly to our local communities to bring support to those who need it most,” Ms. Kieckhaefer told the attendees. “This is only the beginning”, said Fritzi Horstman, Founder and Executive Director of the Compassion Prison Project, “the men we are working with are driven and committed to creating positive change in their communities and this is just one example of how they can bring hope and restoration to our society.”
“We are so thankful that we can find ways to give back to the community,” said David Do, one of the mens’ team organizers, “it means so much to us that we can bring healing and hope to society.”
“One of the men donated $300 dollars because this cause means so much to him,” Reu’el Hulbert mentioned at the Check Ceremony on February 5, 2020.
Derrick Carter, another team organizer who also created the check artwork that was presented at the ceremony mentioned, “The Giving Back Project is a way for us to begin to heal the harms from the past. We are excited to do all we can for the Delano community and especially to give back to the communities we took so much from.”
Alex Ybarra, another team leader mentioned: “We are grateful to the Staff and especially to Captain Waddle for supporting our efforts and making our Giving Back Project such a great success.” Leo Silva, James Patton, Lawrence Kennedy and Khalid Morgan were also team leaders of this successful effort.