Community Involvement

California Correctional Institution raises over $5,000 for local charities

By Lt. Eric Barthelmes

California Correctional Institution (CCI) employees and the incarcerated population are embracing charitable given during the pandemic. Fall food sales raised more than $5,000 shared between the Tehachapi Girl Scouts Troop and the Jamison Children’s Center.

Facility Managers proposed the food sales and Warden (A) Brian Cates said he felt blessed to approve the activities. The sale achieved many goals — rewarding incarcerated individuals who were programming in a positive manner while raising money to meet the needs of local groups.

Staff held the food sales for those housed on Facility A and C.

The Jamison Children’s Center, for many years an adopted charity of CCI, temporarily houses children who are taken into custody by law enforcement agencies or social workers. These children come to the center from all backgrounds and walks of life. The donation helps fund their needs.

The Tehachapi Girl Scout Troop was in need after the COVID pandemic cut short their annual cookie sale, causing them to fall well short of fundraising to help them purchase supplies for the year. The scouts now have the money for all supplies needed to make blankets for the homeless and other charitable activities.