Non-profits depend on RICO funds

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

As a co-founder with Carmen Auza and sitting President for eleven years of Pinal Council for CASA//Foster, Inc. (PCCI) I would like to comment on our Pinal County Supervisors position and comments on RICO money being used to assist non-profit organizations involving children/youth in our County. Although I resigned my position only this year to commit myself completely to my work with foster children/youth on W6 Ranch Counseling Services, I remain a strong supporter of this worthwhile organization.

RICO money donated to PCCI over the years by Sheriff Paul was used to pay for tutoring for Pinal County foster children/youth. A large percentage of the children in the foster care system are behind in school because of abuse, poor attendance, lack of follow through with homework, poor parent participation and frequent moves within the foster care system. Sylvan offers a reduced rate to PCCI for foster children, which has enabled PCCI to serve more children.

It’s not unusual to see a 8th grade foster student on a first grade level. PCCI collaborated with Sylvan Learning Center and to make a long-term difference in these children’s lives. With the help of RICO funds, these children hopefully will move on to become successful and productive, tax paying members of our society. Our State Officials see tutoring as a luxury and does not provide funding for foster children even though they are considered Wards of the State.

Other RICO funds were used to help support continuing education for students who aged out of the foster care system and would be left on the streets to survive anyway they possibly could. With the help of PCSO and RICO funds numerous students were able to continue onto college and also will become productive members of our society. If we can mitigate crime by educating our foster students/teens then we are in fact, saving money in the future by their not having to resort to a life of crime to survive.

I agree with our Sheriff that it’s a “moral obligation” to give money to youth organization so children/youth have access to positive activities that keep them out of trouble and tutoring to help them succeed academically.

Supervisor Pete Rios – What higher priority can we have in Pinal County than the future of our children/youth? With a little assistance from RICO funds they can have tutoring and a positive influence and guidance through non-profit organizations throughout the County. Kudos to our Sheriff for caring about them!

I read the daily newspaper and have seen numerous articles where our Sheriff has purchased surveillance equipment, handguns and tasers, and other devices needed for his Deputies from RICO funds when actually the County Supervisors should be sharpening their pencils and finding the funds to support items needed for our protections and safety in Pinal County. More Deputies on the streets is always good but what about the equipment they need to do their job. It’s unfortunate that so much time is spent arguing with the Sheriff and County Attorney about the way they disburse funds. Why not do your job and allow them to do theirs!?

/s/ Lynda Smith Williams

Casa Grande

Staff (4096 Posts)

There are news or informational items frequently written by staff or submitted to the Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner, Superior Sun, Pinal Nugget or Oracle Towne Crier for inclusion in our print or digital products. These items are not credited with an author.


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Additional Stories

    Dry Heat: Living in a Bizzaro World

    July 20th, 2017
    by

    In case you have noticed, I have been away from my column for some time now. After the election of […]


    Letter to the Editor: Thank you to the volunteers who cleaned Veteran’s Memorial Blvd.

    July 20th, 2017
    by

      What a wonderful group of caring people who live in and around San Manuel. Our San Manuel highway shows […]


    Letter to the Editor: Reader enjoys Hosler’s column

    July 20th, 2017
    by

      Keep on the good work, Copper Basin News! One of the things I enjoy are the weekly articles by […]


    Letter to the Editor: Outstanding 4th of July show at Apache Sky Casino

    July 13th, 2017
    by

      Magnificent, outstanding Casino Apache Sky should be proud of the fireworks  presented to the public on July 1, 2017. […]


  • Additional Stories

    Letter to the Editor: Long Days of Sunshine

    July 13th, 2017
    by

      Summer is in full swing, the weather is warm, with long days of sunshine! We all have our favorite […]


    Letter to the Editor: Dad Was There

    June 15th, 2017
    by

      June is here, with Father’s Day coming up, it’s time to honor the dads!   I am so thankful […]


    Along the Gila: Wildcat Dumping in the Copper Corridor

    June 15th, 2017
    by

    In 1971, the cartoonist Walt Kelly drew a two-panel set featuring Pogo and his friend Porkypine. The first panel shows […]


    An Open Letter to the Mammoth San Manuel Unified School District

    May 18th, 2017
    by

      There is a quote most often attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, “enjoy the journey not  the destination”. For the […]


  • Copperarea

  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • Southeast Valley Ledger