• CCA employees volunteer in an average of four community outreach projects annually
• CCA's facility management team participates in an average of four local civic and charitable organizations each year
• CCA facilities participate in an average of three fundraising projects each year
Examples of community participation programs:
• Building houses for Habitat for Humanity
• Hosting United Way fundraising drives
• Donations of library books
• Employees donate money for Special Olympics
• Employees participate in charitable walks, like Relay for Life
• Facilities support sports teams, like Little League
• Participating in special event parades
• Giving local scholarships
• Donating elementary school supplies
• Supporting business and civic groups like the Chamber of Commerce
• Community Street Clean Up
• Partnership in education with local School System
• Partnering with local law enforcement on crime prevention programs
Volunteerism and Community Outreach
Every CCA facility has a strong presence unique to its surrounding community. We support a variety of local charitable and civic organizations at all levels of the company – individually as employees and at all CCA facilities.
CCA is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of men, women and children across the country. Since CCA’s inception in 1983, the company has partnered with national and local organizations and supported community endeavors. Each year, from the corporate level to the facility level, CCA contributes generously to local causes and national nonprofit organizations, supporting a diverse range of missions, from education and the arts to health awareness and community advocacy. Well-known organizations supported by CCA include Habitat for Humanity, the American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, the American Red Cross and many others.
Volunteerism is important to CCA. Our correctional facilities and our employees support local organizations through donations, manpower for community projects and countless hours of personal time.
Each individual facility may also spearhead its own localized community outreach program based on community needs. CCA facilities have conducted teen intervention tours for local court systems and high schools. Many facilities participate in community street clean-up campaigns and donate items for fundraising activities.
CCA employees volunteer in an average of four community outreach projects each year - donating their own time, talents and money to the betterment of the community in which they live. They are frequently involved in various community outreach programs, from local homeless shelters, to food drives, to youth centers.
On average, CCA facilities participate in a minimum of three fundraising projects each year. Most commonly, facility fundraising projects include monetary donations to college scholarships and donation of requested items for charity drives. Additionally, facilities are frequently involved in local charitable runs and walks like the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and Race for the Cure. CCA's facility management team participates in an average of four local civic and charitable organizations that commonly include the Chamber of Commerce, Lion's Club and Rotary Club.
Volunteers in CCA Correctional Facilities
We know that residents in local CCA communities also feel emotionally and spiritually rewarded when they can give of themselves to people in need. For this reason, CCA is deeply gratified to have thousands of prison and jail volunteers across the country. Through CCA’s Volunteer Programs, community volunteers provide a wide range of services to our inmate populations. From professional services to religious services, volunteers provide support of facility programs, serve as links to the community, and as role models and change agents in correctional settings. CCA encourages the development of volunteer services in all of its facilities. Typical volunteer programs include religious studies, alcohol and drug counseling, education courses, life skills programming or mentoring.
An Example from Prairie Correctional Facility
As an example, Prairie Correctional Facility in Swift County, Minnesota, has grown and provides landscaping for the local hospital and nursing home. Inmates also harvest seeds of endangered prairie grass in a greenhouse on the facility’s site and donate them to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, whose rangers then plant the seeds in Big Stone National Refuge. Many county events, civic organizations and service projects in Swift County are run by Prairie Correctional Facility employees. Staff members contribute as volunteers for the community’s local fair and annual festival, Applefest, as city sports league coaches, members of the Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce and Jaycees, and volunteer firefighters and EMTs. This community service comes along with the fact that the Prairie Correctional Facility is the largest employer in a six-county area.