Aid recipients could be required to do community service

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PERU, Ind. (AP) — Residents in a north-central Indiana county who receive financial aid from nonprofit and service agencies will soon be asked to give something back to the community.

A new program administered by the Miami County Resource Network allows agencies that provide financial assistance to require recipients to perform community service in return.

That work can include cleaning up city parks, planting trees, doing small repair jobs at playgrounds or helping at the agency.

Resource network leader Debi Wallick tells the Kokomo Tribune that clients who don’t complete the community service hours won’t be eligible for additional assistance until the hours are fulfilled.

Wallick says the requirement is designed to promote accountability and self-worth. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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