Days of Thanks / Days of Giving: Day 3

November 27, 2018

Days of Thanks / Days of Giving: Day 3

Our Days of Thanks / Days of Giving continues with two more team member charity selections! Diane Czarkowski, one of our Founding Partners, has chosen the North Valley Community Foundation to receive $100 from Canna Advisors this year. Trisha Pacholski, our Chief of Staff, has chosen The Sentencing Project as her charity of choice.

The North Valley Community Foundation supports the needs of the evacuation centers that opened their doors to support the people who lost their homes and are fleeing the camp fire in California. These centers are very often not prepared to handle the massive influx of people, but do it anyway. Their immediate funding priorities are to make sure they have whatever they need to continue providing vital services. These needs include portable toilets, portable showers, blankets, energy and water costs, and countless other needs. Once the immediate needs begin to get met and as they move out of a crisis situation, the fund will transition to supporting long-term recovery efforts. Since they are not yet out of the crisis, they do not know exactly what these needs will be, but the money will ultimately go to supporting victims of the fire.

When Diane was returning from MJBizCon in Las Vegas, she was in the train back to the airport terminal and overheard an elderly woman saying that she was from Paradise, California. She had lost everything and had to buy a coat and clothes to come to Colorado to stay with her daughter. She was obviously in shock. Diane wanted to help her but lost sight of her as soon as everyone exited the train. She hopes that maybe some of this donation will make it back to that woman in some way.

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Founded in 1986, The Sentencing Project works for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration. With 2.2 million people in prison, mass incarceration is the greatest moral and racial injustice of our time; approximately 39% of the nationwide prison population (576,000 people) is behind bars with little public safety rationale. 25% of prisoners (364,000 people), almost all non-violent, lower-level offenders, would be better served by alternatives to incarceration such as treatment, community service, or probation. Second, another 14% (212,000 prisoners) have already served long sentences for more serious crimes and can be safely set free. Releasing these inmates would save $20 billion annually, enough to employ 270,000 new police officers, 360,000 probation officers, or 327,000 school teachers.

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