Community Involvement, Inside CDCR Video

Giving back by giving blood

Video by Jeff Baur

Did you know that someone needs blood every two seconds? That means the need for donations is constant. Luckily, our staff are up to the challenge and eager to help.

CDCR and California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) have teamed up with Vitalant to host a series of blood drives at Headquarters in Sacramento and Elk Grove.

Inside CDCR caught up with donors as they shared their reasons for giving blood and just how easy the process is – especially because Vitalant brings the donation center right to our offices.

The video is also available on YouTube.

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Jamison Battin

We’re just one natural disaster away from a lot of people needing blood so we all have to do our part and that’s what I’m trying to do.

Jennifer Neil

It’s really easy. Use a tablet, like an iPad to answer a lot of the questions so it was easy technology. Very simple questions that anybody would know.

Roscoe Barrow

I’ve been donating since 25 years old and I started donating because I felt it would establish a sense of community for me. I felt like I was giving something back to others, which it is.


Because it saves lives. It’s the one little thing I can do that’s really not too inconvenient. It’s not troubling. It’s a little bit of time but it can actually save 2-3 lives every time I donate.


Well I think it’s so easy when you just bring it to the workplace. You can do it over a break period or your lunch and just, you know, tell your supervisor that you want to donate blood and pop down and they take walk-ins as well as sign-ups.

Mark Navarro

It’s just the right thing to do. I mean, I’ve had family members that have needed donations.


We have all of these disasters that are in the news. We know that people need it and when there’s a compelling need, it’s good to have that reservoir ready.


I know a few people who needed blood within even the last 48 hours. I know someone who got a heart transplant and so they needed blood for that.


It’s good to donate year round. During flu season, it’s harder to find eligible donors.


People that work for CDCR are very giving.


We’re here to help the public. We’re here to make a difference from what we do and this is a big part of making a difference in something that you have control over.


For CDCR and just for state government workers in general, we’re here to make a better California and to improve life for everyone and all citizens of California.


I enjoy giving and it is giving back. We have the food drives in the wintertime. We have the statewide charitable fund and all these other ways state workers can give back and this is just one more way to do the right thing.