Community Involvement

Our Promise hits the streets

Men and women walk along a street lined with pop-up tents.
Food trucks, information booths and live music kicked off CDCR's Our Promise campaign.

First street fair held at CDCR/CalHR headquarters

CDCR and the California Department of Human Resources (Cal HR) launched the 2019 Our Promise Campaign with an inaugural street fair. 

The street in front of headquarters was closed, allowing staff to enjoy entertainment, food trucks and booths from local nonprofits. Stefani Cruz, Media Consultant and former news anchor, served as the emcee.

Speakers included:

  • Director CDCR, Division  of Adult Institutions, Connie Gipson
  • Deputy Director CalHR Adrian Jenkins Jones
  • Sacramento City Mayor Pro Tem Angelique Ashby
  • Director, Our Promise, Tabitha Angel
  • Vice President and Chief Development Officer, St. John’s Program for Real Change , Sasha Wirth
  • CDCR Secretary Ralph M. Diaz

Staff were able to enjoy music from the acclaimed multi-award winning singer/songwriter and musician Dinorah and some of California’s hottest DJs. Even Eddie Z, the official Sacramento Kings DJ, was on hand.

Woman spins colorful wheel while man watches.
Information booths lined the street in front of CDCR and Cal HR in Sacramento.

Food trucks from Dos Tacos Y Mas, Lumpia and Silog, and Kona Ice were in attendance, pledging 20 percent of their proceeds from the Street Fair to this year’s Our Promise Campaign on behalf of CDCR.  

Also on hand were 30 nonprofit organizations including Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, Weave, California Casa and Stanford Settlement.

This event was made possible by generous donations from Monty Maxwell Guild Mortgage, Jon Lindo New York Life, N Magazine and the California Correctional Supervisors Organization. Additionally, the Sacramento Balloon Company was gracious enough to donate balloons for the event.  

Organizers thanked volunteers from CDCR and CAL HR for helping to make the event a success.

CDCR Our Promise Chair Sonia Mercado encourages all CDCR staff to join her in selecting a nonprofit that they are passionate about and making a monthly or one-time contribution. 

“Let’s show all the California state agencies and departments who the most generous Department in the state is, by raising the most charitable funds for the CDCR 2019 Our Promise Campaign,” she said. 

The campaign runs from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31. Learn more at (link opens new tab).

Man at lectern speaks into microphone while five other people sit in chairs flanking him.
CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz speaks during the Our Promise campaign event.