SPECIAL THANKS TO DAN AND MARTHA MCKENZIE
FOR GIVING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY!
LEON COUNTY PROJECT PAYBACK PROGRAM IS A HUGE SUCCESS….OVER $30,000.00 RAISED SO FAR FOR VICTIMS OF JUVENILE CRIME
We are excited to update our community on the continued success of The Leon County Project Payback program, a cooperative partnership between local business, McKenzie Markets/Go Clean Car Wash, The Henry and Rilla White Youth Foundation, Inc., a local not for profit organization that works with juvenile offenders, and The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Circuit Two Office. This program would not be possible without the unwavering support of business owners, Dan and Martha McKenzie and all of the hard working staff at McKenzie Markets/Go Clean Car Wash that keep folks wanting to come back again and again! The McKenzie’s were recognized at the Leon County Juvenile Justice Council Banquet in March 2011 for their dedication to our community and youth by agreeing to provide funding to support this program and most recently were presented with an award from The Henry and Rilla White Youth Foundation, Inc. at a Leon County Juvenile Justice Council meeting. Again, a great big THANK YOU to the McKenzie’s and all of the Go Clean Car Wash staff! What a difference we are making in our community!
For those that missed the first news article, the purpose of The Leon County Project Payback Program is to monitor and enforce restitution owed to victims of juvenile crime. Restitution is the act of an offender repaying a victim monetary compensation for a loss or injury resulting directly or indirectly from a crime. Restitution is often ordered by the juvenile court or state attorney after the offender has been found to be responsible for a crime that caused financial damage or loss to a victim. However, in many cases victims never receive retribution due to the young age of the offenders that commit the offense.
Project Payback gives juvenile offenders that want to get back on the right track, the opportunity to do so by completing “community restitution service hours” at an approved worksite to earn money to repay their victims. Each approved and verified hour equals one hour of minimum service pay, which in turn is used to repay victims. McKenzie Markets/Go Clean Car Wash proudly donates $1.00 from every $12.00 car wash purchased to the program.
These donations provide ongoing funding for the Leon County Project Payback program. All proceeds collected are used to compensate victims of juvenile crime. Since the program began in March of 2011, over $30,000.00 has been donated to the Project Payback program by the McKenzie’s Go Clean Car Wash.
This has proven to be a win – win partnership in many ways. Juvenile offenders are held accountable, victims are reimbursed for their financial loss, and McKenzie Markets/Go Clean Car Wash gains recognition for being a leader in our community. This program also provides support to other local non-
To date youth and staff from The Henry and Rilla White Youth Foundation, Inc., The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Circuit Two Office and the Juvenile Justice Academy, AMI Kids, and Juvenile Alternative Sanctions have participated in the many projects. Since inception, projects have included cleaning up litter on the streets, at local public cemeteries and in the Silver Lake Park area, helping FSU with its “Chuck It For Charity” program, serving lunch to residents at the Hope Community Center (every Wednesday), assisting The One Voice Coalition with the Springfield and Southside March/Rally, working at the Back To School Outreach activity at Jake Gaither Community Center, helping with outside clean up at The Family Worship and Praise Center and Living Stones International (gender specific project) and working at the St. Louis Catholic Church garage sale. Special thanks goes out to Destiny Tolbert, Volunteer Coordinator at The Hope Community Center and Wayne Britt, City of Tallahassee for their assistance in allowing our youth to complete projects with their agencies on a regular basis, to Department of Juvenile Justice for providing a van for transporting the youth to and from the projects, and to The Hope Community, The Henry and Rilla White Youth Foundation, Inc., Early’s Kitchen, Ms. Deborah Shaw, and United Way of the Big Bend for providing lunch to youth on various days. (By the way, we are always looking for lunch sponsors so let us know if you can help in this area!)
We hope you will join us in our efforts to continue to make this program one of a kind. Together we are all making a difference in these young peoples’ lives, by giving them the opportunity to get back on the right track. Thank you to everyone that has played a part in ensuring that this program has continued to be successful! (In addition to Project Payback, McKenzie Markets has three store locations in Tallahassee which are also drop off sites for food donations to Veterans Village!)