October 15, 2014

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - Jake Burns and several other members of the John A. Logan College Criminal Justice Student Organization helped raise money last month for Team Red, White and Blue, a leading nonprofit veterans’ organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.

The students solicited many local businesses and individuals for donations and raffled off the items at Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days.

“We did pretty good, raising $483,”said Burns, a resident of Murphysboro who serves as the club’s sergeant at arms.  “We decided to donate the money to Team Red, White and Blue because they have a chapter in Carbondale and help local veterans.  We wanted to keep the money we raised local and help people in our community.” 

Eric Heiple, a criminal justice instructor at Logan, is the faculty advisor of the organization. 

“It’s important for students studying criminal justice to get out and interact with the public,” Heiple said.  “We established this student organization last spring as a way to allow our students to interact with and also help people in the community. 

“The students wanted to help veterans in our area, and they did a great job with the fundraiser.  Many of them were at Hunting and Fishing Days both days, and I was impressed with their commitment to the success of this fundraiser.  As an organization, we will continue to find ways to assist and interact with community members.”  

Burns said he is looking forward to doing more fundraisers.

“I chose to study criminal justice and pursue a career in law enforcement because I want to help people, and a lot of my classmates feel the same way,” Burns said.  “Doing fundraisers is a way for us to support people in our community and help those in need.”

For more information about the JALC Criminal Justice Student Organization, contact Heiple at 618-9852828 or 618-457-7676, Ext. 8027 or by email at ericheiple@jalc.edu.