(BRAZIL) – Economic times have been tough this year for small businesses across the state due to COVID-19 and necessary stay-at-home orders. Not-for-profits, dependent on donations from businesses and individuals, have been hit especially hard and face uncertain futures.
John Jones Auto Group, a family of Southern Indiana dealerships, has become a quiet hero to Indiana sheriffs and deputies – making monthly donations to help the new Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch continue development.
John Jones Donates on Behalf of Sheriff Customers
Located in Corydon, Greensville, Salem and Scottsburg, John Jones Auto Group has made regular monthly donations in the names of Indiana sheriffs’ offices purchasing patrol cars, SUVs and trucks from their dealerships.
“Many sheriffs and other public safety officials buy from John Jones, because of their one-stop shopping capabilities,” said Scott Minier, ISYR’s executive director. “John has a specialized dealership exclusively serving sheriffs’ offices, police and fire departments. They offer in-stock vehicles, deep discounts, communications equipment and car-marking installations, and great customer service. They take trade-ins and will work with all departments and local dealers across Indiana.”
What’s more, Minier said, “John Jones has been quietly making a donation on behalf of each of his sheriffs’ department customers – probably without them even knowing.”
John Jones Also Helps Sponsor Annual Truck Raffles
In 2017, 2018 and 2019, owner John Jones and Police Pursuit Division Manager John Konkler also helped sponsor ISYR’s statewide truck raffles. These three, hugely successful fundraisers significantly helped sheriffs and deputies purchase 62 rolling, wooded acres for their leadership academy now under development in West Central Indiana.
There, teens interested in careers in law enforcement, at-risk kids, young witnesses and victims of crime will bond with law enforcement while learning life skills about personal protection, substance abuse, cybercrimes, bullying and firearms safety. The free day and weeklong camps will also offer swimming, ziplining, horseback riding and hiking, among other voluntary activities.
“To date, John Jones Auto Group has helped us with three new pickups—two RAM 1500s and a Chevy Silverado – to give away, as well as making regular, crucial donations will little to no fanfare,” Minier said.
During the current pandemic, when the truck raffle and other Youth Ranch fundraisers have had to be canceled or postponed, Minier said John Jones has generously donated in the names of 19 Indiana Sheriffs:
- County Sheriff Jeffery Sones
- Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel
- Clay County Sheriff Paul Harden
- Dearborn County Sheriff Shane McHenry
- DeKalb County Sheriff David Cserep
- Dubois County Sheriff Tom Kleinhelter
- Floyd County Sheriff Frank Loop
- Hendricks County Sheriff Brett Clark
- Kosciusko County Sheriff Kyle Dukes
- Miami County Sheriff Timothy Hunter
- Noble County Sheriff Max Weber
- Ohio County Sheriff Glen Potts
- Orange County Sheriff Joshua Babcock
- Randolph County Sheriff Art Moystner, Jr.
- Rush County Sheriff Allen Rice
- Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin
- Wabash County Sheriff Ryan Baker
- Washington County Sheriff Brent Miller
- Whitely County Sheriff Marcus Gatton.
For more information about supporting the Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch, call toll-free 933-IN-Ranch or email ScottMinier@yahoo.com.