First Watch: Wardens meet with governor, CDCR staff helps less fortunate

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By Don Chaddock, Inside CDCR editor, OPEC

Staff members at institutions in Corcoran, Wasco and Norco opened their hearts to assist those in need.

LUNCH WITH THE GOVERNOR – Wardens from across the state recently converged on Sacramento. While in town, CDCR Wardens visited the governor’s mansion for a luncheon hosted by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. The photo comes courtesy of Scott Sabicer, CDCR’s Director for the TV Communications Center with Office of Public and Employee Communications.

FRIENDLY HELP – When a coworker was diagnosed with cancer, the staff at California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison at Corcoran got to work to lend a hand. “Felicia Romero works in the Record’s Department and when her coworkers learned of her diagnosis, they rallied together to help not only a coworker but a friend. Many of her coworkers respect her strength and when given the opportunity to help, they organized a food sale to raise funds to help cover unexpected costs,” said Lt. Kevin Huffman. “A total of 55 employees (both supervisors and staff) donated sodas, bread, chips, and baked goods. A total of $3,710 was raised through their efforts. This was a tremendous event that brought together the whole institution.” You make us proud. …

STORY TIME – Thanks to Lt. Martin Herrera for tipping us off to this next item. “Staff at Wasco State Prison-Reception Center (WSP-RC) continues to support the local community of Wasco during the week of ‘Read Across America,’” Lt. Herrera writes. “The last three years, the local schools have requested that WSP-RC provide staff to go to the local schools during their scheduled reading time. Each year the children are excited to see new faces coming into their classroom to read and enjoy the sharing of books that staff bring. WSP-RC staff from various work areas look forward to volunteering their time to read to our future generation of adults.” Thanks for helping educate our youth. …

TOY TIME – According to Lt. Sarah Watson, Warden Cynthia Y. Tampkins and staff from the California Rehabilitation Center donated over 200 unwrapped toys for needy children through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. This isn’t the first time CRC staff pitched in to help. For the past 11 years, prison staff have donated clothing and toys to children residing in the Inland Empire through Angel Tree. “Our goal is to warm the hearts of children in need living in the Inland Empire. This past year, the donations increased by 25 percent, and next year we plan to put smiles on the faces of even more children who are less fortunate,” said Warden Tampkins. Thanks for your hard work and compassion, CRC. …

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