Kindness and Hope From Behind the Wire


2022 was a busy year for the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution’s Enrichment Club

Fifteen adults in custody (AIC) volunteered nearly 1,200 hours of their time for fund raisers to help with multiple charitable causes.

So far, $17,609.84 has been donated by AICs, with another $3,000 in donations anticipated by the end of the year.

Some of the organizations that benefit from the Enrichment Clubs hard work include the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse, Pendleton Lions club, they help children get eye exams and glasses, Headstart, Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and more. 

The club donated $8,809.84 to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association for a local girl in need of heart transplant.     

Their efforts have allowed kindness to emanate from behind the fencing and razor wire to community partners in need. Bringing hope to those facing difficulties ranging from getting a simple eye exam to receiving a heart transplant.  

EOCI and the Enrichment Club look forward to the coming events in 2023 and look forward to volunteering their time to raise money for those in need.

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April Campbell serves as the Indian Education Advisor to Director Colt Gill at the Oregon Department of Education.

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