Community Involvement, Our Promise

Our Promise 2022 campaign kicks off

Our Promise 2022 balloons and CDCR Secretary speaking at lectern.
CDCR Secretary Kathleen Allison speaks of the charitable nature of staff during the 2022 Our Promise campaign kick-off at Headquarters.

CDCR and the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) launched the 2022 Our Promise campaign on October 12, at Headquarters courtyard. San Quentin Public Information Officer Sam Robinson was the emcee for the event.

Speakers included:

  • CDCR Secretary Allison
  • CalHR Chief Deputy Director Frolan Aguiling
  • Our Promise Senior Director Tabitha Angel
  • Chief Executive Officer Richard Abrusci, with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area

Staff enjoyed music from DJ Eddie Z, won door prizes, and learned about the 20 non-profit organizations in attendance. Staff also enjoyed tacos from Food Truck Dos Tacos Y Mas.

Secretary Allison praised the efforts of Our Promise team.

“This year we celebrate 65 years of caring for California, and that is truly something to be proud of. Thank you to our outstanding Our Promise team, which includes representatives from CDCR and CCHCS. It is no small task to take on running this campaign along with your other duties, and I have so much respect and gratitude for your efforts,” she said.,

Employees donate time, money and skills

“I am so proud of this Department and your giving spirit. No matter the location, classification, or schedule, our employees are out there giving their time, expertise, and money to various causes. Our Promise is a fantastic opportunity to make one-time or monthly donations via voluntary payroll deductions. There is no requirement to participate, but the benefits are immeasurable,” Secretary Allison said.

Donations go to a variety of non-profits.

“From helping animals to environmental causes to organizations helping find cures for deadly diseases, CDCR and CCHCS employees support hundreds of different organizations through Our Promise. And remember, you can donate to any nonprofit of your choice. As long as they are a registered 501C3, they can be supported via Our Promise.”

This results in thousands of people supporting different nonprofits – with more than $4.9 million raised by state workers throughout California in 2021.

The CDCR and CCHCS Our Promise campaign runs October 10 through November 12, 2022. More information for state workers can be found at Cal Employee Connect, a secure resource for staff to access their paycheck information, leave balances, and more. It’s also where you can find the Our Promise portal should you choose to make a one-time or ongoing donation.

Photos by Rob Stewart, TV specialist, Office of Public and Employee Communications

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