BV utility’s ‘Round Up’ backs restorative justice

At their October board meeting, Sangre de Cristo Electric’s Operation Round Up® moved to contribute $1,500 to Full Circle Restorative Justice to help expand its services into the broader Buena Vista area, to bring conflict resolution and restorative practices to all residents of Chaffee County.

FCJR provides an opportunity within the 11th Judicial District of Colorado for alternative dispute resolution and restorative justice, in addition to minimizing an offender’s involvement with the legal system. This organization promotes peace and community justice through dialogue and conflict resolution.

FCRJ Executive Director Patty LaTaille has been involved with FCRJ since its inception and has strived to fulfill FCRJ’s mission to enhance the safety of our community by addressing offender accountability and empower victims through a supportive conflict resolution process. LaTaille was “excited that programs like Operation Round Up® are able to help us expand our services in the community. When strong partnerships in the community are created, everyone benefits.”

Operation Round Up® is a community service program developed to gather voluntary contributions from participating members by “rounding up” their monthly Sangre de Cristo Electric bill to the next dollar. The amount collected goes in the Round Up account and is administered by a board of directors that reviews applications for funding and determines how the collected funds will be disbursed. Currently there are more than 1,500 Sangre de Cristo Electric members participating in the program. The more members who participate in the program, the more the community-based organizations can appreciate donations. Members can sign up to participate at any time, and are encouraged to join in having their small change make a big difference.

Contact Linda Nyberg in Member Services for more information. (719) 395-4589 or nyberg@myelectric.coop

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One Response to “BV utility’s ‘Round Up’ backs restorative justice”

  1. Rob Tressler

    Patty's passion and knowledge with FCRJ and non-violent communication is heartfelt. I believe in the process and I'm glad that local agencies are supporting the philosophy. Peace and community justice through dialogue, what a thought.

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