Yes, our office has 2 incredible programs that "give back" to our community: the Canned Food Drive and the Christmas Tree Drive.
The Canned Food Drive is a yearly event that takes place in late fall. The entire Justice Services Department along with approximately 4 community organizations team up to collect food for the Community Action Agency food bank. Justice Services and volunteer staff members along with probationers go door to door collecting non-perishable food items for the food bank. This community service event allows youth and adults the opportunity to give back to their community and help others who are less fortunate. Our average collection is roughly 12,000 pounds.
The Christmas Tree Drive is an effort between Justice Services and local (North Idaho) tree farmers to provide approximately 30 trees for needy families in the Lewis-Clark Valley. Probationers are taken to local tree farms during the spring, summer and fall to help with fertilization, pruning, and other tasks at the tree farms. During November/December the Justice Services Department returns to the tree farms to help harvest trees for needy families. The Christmas Trees are then delivered to local families during the holiday season.
Local elementary school children create, make, and collect ornaments, lights, tree stands and decorations for the trees. Local businesses and schools support the tree drive with collections of ornaments and tree stands and local non-profit agencies promote the tree drive to community members.