Community Involvement

CVSP donates $14,000 to Blythe area charities

CVSP warden presents a check to a Blythe charity representative.
Warden D. Holbrook presents a check to Harmony Kitchen volunteer Gary Bolding.

Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP) recently donated $14,000 to several Blythe community non-profit organizations.

A food sale fundraiser generated the money for the hefty donations. Organized by Warden David Holbrook, Community Resource Manager Kenny Kalian, and members of the incarcerated population, the event showed the generosity of those in CDCR’s care.

“Our incarcerated population has been very giving when it comes to local charities,” said Warden Holbrook.

Fundraising opportunities have been difficult with the pandemic, so CVSP staff and the incarcerated population decided to help the Blythe Emergency Food Pantry, Harmony Kitchen and Blythe Police Activities League.

“Thank you, CVSP. This will go a long way for the children who participate in the Civil Servants for Santa program during Christmas,” said Shelly Soto, Community Service Officer for the Blythe Police Department.

Rosita Jones, trustee for Blythe Emergency Food Pantry, was very grateful.

“I am proud to serve the Blythe community and thank everyone who donated. This charitable donation will assist the local community during these difficult times,” she said.

Garry Bolding, a volunteer for Harmony Kitchen, was also happy with the donation.

“CVSP is always very generous with our local community,” he said. “We can always count on them.”

According to organizers, CVSP staff and the incarcerated population maintained all COVID-19 safety protocols.

By Lt. JJ Hernandez.

CVSP Warden hands a check to two other police while standing in a police department.
Warden D. Holbrook presents a check to the Blythe Police Activities League. Accepting the check are Shelly Shoto and Keith Walnoha.