WEC Volunteers Help People in Need

By 
Erika R. Hill
Nebraska Department of Correctional Services

McCook – Even though they never get the chance to meet the recipients of their efforts, volunteers from the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services’s Work Ethic Camp in McCook are gratified to know they make a difference to adults and children who live in the community.

The facility has teamed up with The Sharing Place, located in the McCook Christian Church which has been offering up free donations to the community for more than six years. The nonprofit group provides household items, toys, books, linens and clothing of all sizes.  Once a month, incarcerated volunteers work with volunteers from the community to transport large tubs of donated items. They also organize and arrange the items on 20 or so tables.

“We always have guys here at WEC who want to go help out because they know it’s important and impacts our entire community,” said WEC Assistant Warden Deanna Johnson. “These men are doing their part by helping kids get the supplies they need for school, they have helped families who have lost everything in fires; they have assisted women who have left abusive homes; and they have helped foster families and more.” 

Johnson added that some of the volunteers have expressed that their families could have benefitted from a similar program.

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