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Our Promise: Badge of Brothers helps first responders in need

Like most CDCR and CCHCS staff, the members of Badge of Brothers prefer to keep a low profile, helping out behind the scenes instead of standing in the spotlight. But make no mistake: The organization has helped many families in need through financial support during crises.

While the nonprofit got its start at Avenal State Prison (ASP), the people it assists are spread throughout the state, from all 35 CDCR institutions and beyond. Badge of Brothers’ mission is to support first responders and their families in need, regardless of where they work or what their classification is. They have assisted families impacted by wildfires, illness, and more.

ASP Correctional Officer J. Trevino is a board member for the organization, and in this video shares his experience with Badge of Brothers and the work they do to support first responders.

Badge of Brothers was one of the top 10 organizations supported by CDCR and CCHCS employees in 2019 through Our Promise, a statewide campaign in which state workers can sign up to make voluntary payroll deductions to nonprofits of their choice. Donations can be made by signing up at Cal Employee Connect, where employees can also access their pay warrants, leave balances, and W-2s. All you need to support your cause is their name and Federal Tax ID. If you choose Badge of Brothers, their ID is 46-3091874. Learn more at

The video is also available on YouTube. Learn more about Our Promise.

Share your passion for helping: We want to feature YOU! CDCR and CCHCS staff go above and beyond each day by giving back to their communities. Please share your photos, videos, or messages about you and your co-workers’ charitable efforts and the organizations you support, and we’ll feature them on Inside CDCR and social media. Send to Our Promise Campaign Chair and Co-Chair Sonia Mercado and Krissi Khokhobashvili (both emails can be found in Global).