By Don Chaddock, InsideCDCR editor

State workers are opening their wallets to help others.

Our Promise: California State Employees Giving at Work, formerly known as the California State Employee Charitable Campaign, officially kicks off Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the West Steps of the State Capitol.

This statewide kickoff event is free to attend and is an opportunity to interact with hundreds of nonprofits, explore causes important to you, and discover where your donations go.

This year, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s campaign is chaired by the Office of Public and Employee Communications (OPEC).  Volunteer recruitment is currently underway.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like to learn more about this year’s campaign, contact Albert Rivas, Department Chair, at Albert.Rivas@cdcr.ca.gov or Kristiana Butler, Vice Chair, at Kristiana.Butler@cdcr.ca.gov; or visit www.csecc.org.

The Our Promise campaign was established in 1957 to provide a single charitable fundraising drive for the California state employee community. The campaign is rooted in the California legislature and is administered by the Victim’s Compensation and Government Claims Board.

California Government Code, Section 13923, requires every employee receive an approved list of charitable organizations, a payroll deduction form, and a designation form. It also allows for payroll deduction for an annual charitable fund drive.

During the fall, each state employee is given a payroll deduction pledge form and a donor resource guide with participating charitable organizations.  Employees may donate to a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit.

Any organization not listed in the donor resource guide may receive an employee contribution by completing the Write-In Organization section of the pledge form.  Payroll deduction donations start for as little as $5 per month.

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GET INVOVED

What: STATEWIDE CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF EVENT

When: Aug. 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: West steps of the State Capitol, Sacramento

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What: RELEASE PLEDGE FORMS TO STATE AGENCIES

When: Sept.  1

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What: ELK GROVE CAMPUS KICK-OFF EVENT

When: Oct. 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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What: CDCR CAMPAIGN IN FULL SWING

When: Oct. 1-31