Jurors given chance to donate stipend for good

    Jurors in Montgomery County are now able to do something good with the stipend they receive for doing their civic duty. 

     

    The small check from Montgomery County amounts to about $11 a day for most jurors.  Jury Commissioner Joanne Olszewski says they are offering jurors the opportunity to donate their money to one of three local charities.

     

    “In the past we did have some jurors who would say this is not a lot of money and is there some way I could donate it, and we really didn’t have a mechanism,” said Olszewski.

     

    Now there is a way to donate and between 10 and 20 percent of those serving are giving away their checks.  Jury Commissioner Marie Cavanaugh says the administration chose county charities where a little money could be a big help.

     

    “We have Montgomery County Child Advocacy Project, Hedwick House and the Women’s Center of Montgomery County, so we limit it to those three charities right now,” she said.

     

    Once donations reach $500 the county treasurer will cut a check and send it to the groups.

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