The Rotary Club of Nome teamed up with the Native Cultural Awareness Group (NCAG), an inmate organization at Anvil Mountain Correctional Center, to bake and deliver 120 loafs of fresh homemade bread to Savoogna during the Saint Lawrence Island community’s devastating power outage that struck the village in late December. While the Rotary Club contributed the cost of the raw ingredients and help with delivery logistics, the inmate club contributed three volunteer inmate bakers who diligently worked the entire night to produce the bread. A local air-carrier flew all the bread out to the village the following morning while the power was still out – free of charge. The bread played an essential role in ensuring everyone had enough food to eat and the reports received back from the Mayor of Savoonga signified that the delicious fresh bread helped raise spirits, in a big way. Correctional Officer II Sine’ Holly of AMCC spearheaded this project and played a critical role in its overwhelming success.
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Palmer Correctional Center has donated 20 dog houses to the Mat-Su Animal Shelter. The donation is in response to an urgent request for assistance after receiving 150 dogs into their care in a single occasion. Inmates at PCC Medium and PCC Minimum paid for materials through club sales and volunteered their time and labor to construct the doghouses, which were delivered last weekend. Correctional Officer Harry Moore and Sgt. Steinriede supervised the project.
For the past few years PCC has supported the Mat Su Animal Shelter by providing prisoner volunteer workers to assist once a week. That has been increased to twice a week, when staff is available to supervise, while the shelter works through its sudden increase in capacity.
Community Work Service teams of Correctional Officers and volunteer inmates from Palmer Correctional Center cleared 19,045 pounds of trash from Mat-Su Borough roadsides this year, according to figures released bu Superintendent Cindy Betts. Besides the roadside detail work, CWS team from PCC performed maintenance tasks at recreation sites around the borough, including Slipper Lake, Russian Jack, Hay Flats-Resurrection Lake. The teams also provided clean-up work at the Mat-Su Animal Shelter and at the landfill.
CWS teams from Point Mac Correctional Farm also contributed time and labor toward preparing the area’s girl scout camp for the summer season.