Community Involvement

Pleasant Valley employees aid families of accident victims

Three people wearing masks and standing in front of table with burritos and other food on it.
Left to right, Office Technician Stephanie Pimentel, Lt. Chris Nevarez and Office Technician Bobbie Shimmin.

By Lt. Michael Harris

A Pleasant Valley State Prison employee group last month raised $3,700 for the families of victims of a fatal car accident.

The PVSP Employee Action Committee (EAC) held a fundraiser for the families, who lost two adults and seven children in the accident.

EAC members rose above the call by preparing and selling burritos and a variety of baked goods.

The food sold out. EAC’s extraordinary fundraising efforts, coupled with PVSP staff participation, raised $3,700.

Editor’s note: Authorities said the seven children and two adults were killed Jan. 1 in a head-on collision on State Route 33 between Avenal and Coalinga. The children were between 6 and 15 years old. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the accident.