DA’s Charitable Fund Benefits Area Non-Profits
Have you ever had to pay a fine for a traffic violation or some other misdemeanor? Have you ever wondered where all that money goes? Well, the good news is that some of it has the opportunity to come back to help victims of crime in the Lake County community. The 5th Judicial District is now accepting applications for its 2019 DA5 Charitable Contributions Fund (CCF) program. The deadline is Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.
The goal of the DA5 CCF is to help provide assistance to non-profit organizations in Eagle, Summit, Lake and Clear Creek counties, that offer goods or services, which have been shown to:
- Help prevent crimes or criminal activity.
- Provide assistance to victims of crimes or criminal activity.
The CCF has been created for the purpose of providing assistance, not across a broad spectrum of focus areas, but rather areas that are directly affected by criminal activity and the prosecution of crimes always for the purpose of seeking justice for individuals and for our communities. Our mission is to help improve the lives of the residents of the 5th Judicial District by preventing crimes from happening and offering assistance to those who are the victims of crimes.
Defendants donating to the fund are usually persons who have a traffic offense (not including an alcohol/drug-related offense) pending that occurred during a period where their driver’s license would have a separate period of suspension imposed by the DMV upon this conviction, but can avoid suspension of their driving privilege by a contribution (or performing community service) and persons who elect to enter a plea of guilty by mail, without the necessity of appearing in Court, with the DA’s office processing the paperwork for them.
For more information about how to apply for the program, connect HERE. Applications may be sent to Wendi Rowles, WRowles@da5.us —no later than Jan. 31, 2019.
Last year, the fund delivered checks to the following charitable organizations, one of which was in Lake County. The charitable organizations receiving funds are selected through an application process, and all are located within the four counties of the Fifth Judicial District: Clear Creek, Summit, Eagle and Lake. Historically, The Advocates of Lake County are the only Leadville group that applies for the funds, although there are other groups who could benefit. In May 2018, The Advocates received $4,577.50. The following organizations from the 5th Judicial District also benefited from the 2017 Charitable Funds which were awarded last year:
- Bright Future Foundation
- Buddy Program
- Eagle River Youth Coalition
- Response, and Red Ribbon
- Clear Creek County Advocates
- Clear Creek Middle School Robot Club
- Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office Educational Support Program
- Friends of Charlie’s Place
- Advocates for Victims of Assault CASA of the Continental Divide
- Family and Intercultural Center Summit County 4H (Summit County)
- Treetop Child Advocacy Center
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