Community Involvement

CDCR donates $13k to charities in October

Whether funding a youth sports team or contributing to cancer research, CDCR staff and the incarcerated are ready to help charities. In October, North Kern State Prison, High Desert and Central California Women’s Facility donated over $13,000 to various community non-profit organizations. Meanwhile, the Chula Vista Parole Office put their feet to pavement for the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

North Kern helps families with $5,809 donation

On Oct. 28, North Kern State Prison Warden Kelly Santoro presented a $5,809 donation to the Ronald McDonald House. The money was raised by the incarcerated population through food sales.

“The Ronald McDonald House is home away from home, where families can relax and take a break while still being close to their children,” said Warden Santoro. “My team and I are firm believers in helping families in need by supporting non-profit organizations that provide access to medical care and available resources.”

Learn more about Ronald McDonald House Charities at their website.

HDSP donates $6,372 to three charitable organizations

Through approved food purchases, the High Desert State Prison incarcerated population recently raised funds for Holiday with a Hero, Lassen Family Services, and the Lassen Rock Chucks Baseball Program.

Lassen Family Services receives $1,650

The High Desert food sales raised $1,650 for Lassen Family Services.

The organization is committed to ending abuse in our community through prevention, healing, advocacy, safety, and education. Through compassionate intervention and effective partnerships with local community services and social service agencies, the goal is to support and empower the participant’s journey to a successful future.

According to prison organizers, population and staff were extremely proud to help raise funds to assist this program.

The donated funds will assist in providing children Christmas gifts, art classes, art supplies, swim lessons, as well as help victims of abuse in the Lassen County area.

Holiday with a Hero

Earlier in the month, staff also donated $3,000 to Holiday with a Hero.

The program is a partnership between Lassen County first responders and numerous volunteers.

Holiday With a Hero has provided athletic scholarships, shopping opportunities for school supplies, back packs, and equipment or gear needed for sports, and other school activities.

In addition to the donation, HDSP has helped sponsor a charity golf tournament event in Susanville.

Numerous staff have participated in Holiday With a Hero over the last six years.

Lassen Rock Chucks Baseball

Most recently, food sales raised $1,722 for the new Lassen Rock Chucks Baseball program.

The youth travel baseball organization, based in Susanville, specializes in developing baseball players from 9 to 12 years old. The volunteer coaching staff have a range of talent and experience at youth, high school and collegiate levels. Even though this year was their first, the program was successful. Rock Chucks Baseball Program plans on serving the local youth for years to come.

The donation will assist in providing baseball gear, uniforms, and help pay for travel expenses.

Submitted by Lt. Jon Sieberg

CCWF helps keep kids safe with $1,000 donation

Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) at Chowchilla not only takes the safety and security of the institution seriously but also expands security awareness to the community. Just recently, CCWF donated $1,000 to the Crossroads Christian School in Madera County to assist in purchasing and installing a chain link perimeter fence for the school.

This fencing will provide a much needed barrier to ensure the safety of the kids is a priority. The funds donated were in-part gathered by incarcerated fundraisers held at CCWF.

Warden (A) M. Pallares, a strong community supporter, met with Director of Development Ashley Hill of the Crossroads Christian School to personally donate the check.

Hill thanked CCWF for the generous donation.

Submitted by Lt. S. Rodriguez

Chula Vista parole office runs for Special Olympics

The San Diego Chula Vista Parole Team, including parole agents, Behavioral Health Reintegration staff and clerical, recently participated in the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run for 2022.


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