Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin recently donated his first-quarter salary to a prison ministry to “bring the Gospel to inmates in over 350 jails and prisons worldwide.”
Last month, Youngkin announced he would donate his first quarter salary, a check amounting to $43,750, to Good News Jail & Prison Ministry, which his office described as “an organization dedicated to supplying faith-based resources for jails and prisons in the Commonwealth of Virginia and worldwide.”
Per the Council of State Governments, Youngkin receives an annual salary of $175,000.
“The Good News Jail & Prison Ministry exemplifies the heart and Spirit of Virginia by providing hope, resources, and transformational opportunities for Virginians,” he added. “This administration continues to respect the law and those inside the criminal justice system with increased access to mental health services, best practices for trade skill acquisition, and by maintaining excellence in the restoration of rights process, among other priorities.”
Virginia First Lady Suzanne Youngkin also applauded “the life-changing mission” of Good News Jail and Prison Ministry, adding: “We firmly believe that every Virginian deserves an opportunity to flourish, and we are grateful for this opportunity to support great and Godly works.”
Good News Jail & Prison Ministry thanked the governor for his donation, The Christian Post reports.
“Thank you, Governor Glenn Youngkin and Suzanne, for your gift to bring the Gospel to inmates in over 350 jails and prisons worldwide,” the organization said on Facebook.
The ministry added that the donation comes before Second Chance Day, an initiative seeking to raise $150,000 to support chaplains who seek to “share the Gospel with thousands of inmates a year” and give them “a second chance at a new beginning in Christ.”
After taking office in January 2022, Youngkin has donated his quarterly gubernatorial salary to multiple organizations, including the Virginia Law Enforcement Assistance Program, Virginia Veterans Services Program, G³ Community Services, and Pathways.
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