April is National Volunteer Month, when we recognize the people who give their time and expertise to make the world a better place. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”
I am overjoyed to see volunteers return to our institutions. We have missed you so much! The programs and events they provide to the incarcerated population are so valuable, and incredibly diverse. Volunteers facilitate arts programs, religious groups, writing workshops, athletic events, and so much more. Their work provides important life skills and education, as well as positive outlets for creative expression and self-reflection. It also shows the population that they are cared about in the community.
Even during the pandemic, volunteers still found creative ways to help. From transportation for returning citizens to providing learning packets and donating care packages and other supplies, your efforts did not go unnoticed. Thank you so much.
CDCR and CCHCS staff are known for their great support of many charitable causes. So many employees go above and beyond at work, then somehow find the time and energy to give back to their communities. You are heroes both at work and in your personal time, and I could not be more proud of you.
Thank you so much to those who volunteer in our institutions and reentry facilities, and to those staff who give their time and support in their communities. Your efforts are what make this state a wonderful place to live and work!
Kathleen Allison, Secretary, CDCR
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