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Project Payback

We are excited to announce the creation of The Leon County Project Payback program, a cooperative partnership between local business, McKenzie Markets/Go Clean Car Wash and The Henry and Rilla White Youth Foundation, Inc., a local not for profit organization that works with youthful offenders. A big thank you goes out to local business owners Dan and Martha McKenzie for their support with this inaugural community program.

The purpose of Leon County Project Payback 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 youthful 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 will be used to repay victims. McKenzie Markets/Go Clean Car Wash has agreed to donate $2.00 from every $12.00 car wash and $1.00 from every $10.00 car wash purchased between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. These donations will be used to begin funding the Leon County Project Payback program. All proceeds collected will be used to compensate victims of juvenile crime.

This is a win win partnership. Youthful 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 allows non-profit organizations that need volunteers to complete community service projects, the opportunity to become eligible worksites. We hope you will join us in our efforts to make this program successful. Just purchase a $12 or $10 car wash between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. and the rest is up to us! We will keep community members up to date with our progress each quarter. For more information on this new program, contact Brenda Mueller at 850-922-8375 ext. 36 or at. Hope to see you soon at GO CLEAN CAR WASH, located at 2315 Capital Circle N.E., Tallahassee, Florida 32308.

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