(ROCKVILLE) – On Saturday morning, September 14th, Offenders at the Rockville Correctional Facility took part in a two-hour walk to raise money and awareness for the Riley Cheer Guild at Riley Children’s Hospital. At the end of the day, the 354 participating offenders had accumulated a $7,000 donation.
This was the fifth annual RCF/Televerde Riley Walk enabling offenders to take part in giving back to our Indiana communities. In those five years, RCF offenders have raised over $34,000.00. The Televerde Corporation partners with Indiana Correctional Industries, an entity of the Indiana Department of Correction, in operation of a Call Center. The Call Center provides services to software companies in search of corporate clients while providing offenders with meaningful jobs and life skills that they can use upon release from incarceration. These confidence-building skills are often the building block that enables an offender to become a productive member of society.
Offenders were able to take part in the Riley Walk with as little as a $5 donation. Others donated substantially more for an opportunity to purchase themed baskets containing a variety of items ranging from health and hygiene to snacks, candies, and coffees.
Donations gathered will be used to support the Cheer Guild’s Toy Room, Music Therapy and Art Center programs. The Cheer Guild enhances the experiences of patients and caregivers during hospital stays.
Accepting the donation on behalf of Riley Children’s Hospital was Ann Hanah who remarked, “There are 150 children hospitalized at Riley right now who appreciate your hard work, your donation, and your thoughts.”