December 29, 2013

Business news in brief, Dec. 29, 2013


---- — MCF honoredby Miami chamber

BUNKER HILL — Miami Correctional Facility was honored this month for its community service contribution to the area by the Miami County Chamber of Commerce during their 2013 Annual Awards.

The chamber gave the facility its “Community Involvement Award 2013” for all the work it’s done in the past year in the Miami County area.

At the award presentation, Sandy Chittum, Miami County Chamber of Commerce director, expressed her appreciation for the facility’s contribution in maintaining the Nickel Plate Trail and the cleanup efforts after the tornado hit Peru.

The facility was also instrumental in contributing labor to paint the Broadway Underpass.

The award is given annually to chamber members who make substantial contributions by volunteering/community involvement and going above and beyond.

In 2013, the facility donated 22,029 hours of offender labor to various projects. As of November, that included:

• 1,827 hours to the Bunker Hill Street Department

• 32 hours to Grissom; 5,600 hours to Logansport State Hospital

• 9,055 hours to Mississinewa Reservoir

• 536 hours to the Nickel Plate Trail

• 24 hours to the Salvation Army

• 24 hours to the Potato Drop

• 935 to the Circus Hall of Fame

• 1,099 to the Indiana Department of Transportation

• 1,196 to Camp Buffalo

• 12 hours to Bethany School

• 208 to the city of Peru

• 272 to the Indiana State Police

• 176 to various county tire pick up sites

• 380 to the city of Peru tornado cleanup

• 112 to tree removal in Logansport

• 541 to assist the city of Kokomo in tornado cleanup.

“Miami Correctional Facility does what it can to assist the community,” Superintendent Mark Sevier said. “When there is an emergency or a need, we will try our best to help out. While we are geared toward safety and security, we are also here to be a good neighbor and to give back to the community whenever we can.”

MCF donations total more thank $60K

BUNKER HILL — From the Peru Little League to Samaritan’s Caregivers, Miami Correctional Facility staff and offenders have donated a total of $60,967.28 to needy projects throughout the state.

Offender groups like the American Legion Post 555 and the Purposeful Living Units Serve (PLUS) raise money through offender food sales and then donate it to the community. The facility also has a Grant Committee formed to donate money raised through Fresh Favorite food sales to offenders.

The facility’s 2013 garden donated 363 pounds of vegetables to the Emmaus Missions Church and Outreach in Logansport and the Kokomo Rescue Mission and Food Bank, and 70 pints of blood through several blood drives.

Finally, the facility staff are allowed to donate through their payroll checks to a charity of their choice. In 2012, MCF staff pledged $35,984 to be disbursed in 2013. This year MCF employees pledged $46, 826 to be disbursed in 2014 throughout the state.