Community Service Project

NY Department of Probation Clothing Closets and Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON)

At each training institute, APPA works with local volunteers to assist a charity in the host city. This is APPA’s way of giving something back to the community and gives national recognition to some of the wonderful community outreach work being done locally. APPA renamed its community service effort as the Dennis Maloney Community Service Project beginning at the Winter 2008 Training Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. Dennis Maloney was a professional faculty member at Oregon State University in Bend, and associate director of the Cascades Center for Community Governance. Mr. Maloney had over 30 years of experience in corrections and community corrections. For 16 years, he served as the director of the Deschutes County Department of Community Justice of Oregon, where he initiated a variety of juvenile and adult corrections programs that gained national attention. He served as juvenile court director starting in 1986. He was then community corrections director from 1990-1999, and community justice director from 1999-2001. He authored two books, one on probation, that is the most widely distributed journal in the history of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and published over 30 articles.

For the 42nd Annual Training Institute of APPA, two initiatives have been chosen for the Dennis Maloney Community Service Project. Both are spearheaded by the New York City Department of Probation (DOP). First, the DOP Clothing Closets, which are in all five boroughs, and provide new and slightly used career clothing to clients and other community residents. Clothing donations provide relief and assistance to those on probation, family members in transition, and support for low income and disabled residents. Secondly, the DOP Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON). This nutrition kitchen is an effort to address the growing issue of food insecurity in communities underserved by affordable, nutritious food. The DOP worked in collaboration with the Mayor’s Fund to launch the kitchens in a unique initiative that goes beyond a typical food pantry. It provides healthy recipes, nutrition information, cooking demonstrations, and distributes food to DOP clients and communities once a week to improve their understanding of a healthy lifestyle and provide a service to the community. The goal is to assist clients with overcoming barriers, like hunger, to help to create a successful and productive life for those transitioning from the justice system. Since the launch of the kitchen during Probation Week 2015, food has been distributed to over 100,000 clients and community residents.

Americans each discard an average of 68 pounds of clothes every single year per a WikiHow article. World Food Day USA estimates that 30-40% of the US food supply is wasted – which represents more than 20 pounds of food per person per month.