Community Involvement, COVID-19

Staff, incarcerated help during COVID‑19

From fundraising to mask sewing, employees increase efforts

CDCR and CCHCS staff, as well as incarcerated men and women, have stepped up to help the community during COVID-19 by volunteering time, resources and money.

Centinela prison staff, incarcerated help food bank during COVID-19

Centinela State Prison employee presents a check to a woman at a food bank.
Centinela State Prison donated over $7,600 to the Imperial Valley Food Bank.

Centinela State Prison staff and inmates recently united in an effort to raise money to help the Imperial Valley Food Bank, negatively impacted by COVID-19.

In recent months, the food bank’s resources were hard hit by COVID-19. Due to fundraising efforts of staff and incarcerated men, they were able to donate $7,650 to the food bank. Learn more about the Imperial Valley Food Bank.

Solano’s incarcerated men donate to local food bank

CSP-Solano inmates pulled together during the pandemic to donate to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

The inmates of the self-help group BOLD (Beyond Ordinary Life Doings) wanted to help out the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With so many people out of work, they chose to work with the inmate population and collect donations via their trust accounts to raise money to help feed those in need. The inmates collectively donated $1,200 to benefit the needy in our community.

Capt. M. Dernoncourt and Lt. Gomez delivered the check to the Fairfield location.

Learn more about the food bank.

Staff stitching to help during COVID-19

Woman sits at sewing machine with face masks lining the front of the table.
Barbara Stephan, Ph.D., has crafted over 1,000 masks for North Kern State Prison staff.

NORTH KERN STATE PRISON — Since the start of the pandemic, Barbara Stephan, Ph.D., has worked diligently making over 1,000 masks for the staff at North Kern State Prison.

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA WOMEN’S FACILITY — Correctional Officer M. Basler and his wife sewed cloth masks as a fundraising effort. The Baslers purchased all the raw materials and then set about sewing. The masks were sold to staff to raise $9,000 for Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera.

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