RICHMOND, Ky. - The Department of Criminal Justice Training donated $1,000 to the Foothills Community Action Partnership today, to purchase food baskets for the holidays.
The money was raised through several annual competition shoots held by the DOCJT each October. The Competition Shoot is a charity marksmanship contest for all of Kentucky’s sworn officers. Using the weapons they carry on duty, officers shot at targets with differing distances, positions and time limits. Nearly 30 officers attended this year’s competition shoot from 11 different agencies across the Commonwealth.
"It had gotten to the point where we needed to donate the money," DOCJT Training Instructor Robert French said. "I thought this was a good time of year to do it."
The $1,000 donation will allow Foothills Community Action Partnership to supply baskets to 35 additional families this holiday season.
"The money really helps because we are primarily funded with grants and with grants you have no discretion with where the money is spent and holiday baskets aren’t usually something a grant will pay for," said Vicki Jozefowicz, executive director of Foothills Community Action Partnership. "So cash contributions give us flexible money to do these extra things."
Jozefowicz said they would focus on providing the food baskets for the Women of Substance Abuse program that they serve in cooperation with other organizations, as well as six families that are currently in homeless shelters.
The Foothills Community Action Partnership is a community action agency that provides a comprehensive range of services for low-income families and individuals.