By Don Chaddock, Inside CDCR editor, OPEC

A NOSE BY ANY OTHER NAME – Lt. Martin Herrera let us know about this next item. “Executive staff at Wasco State Prison-Reception Center came together in support of Red Nose Day. The non-profit Comic Relief started Red Nose Day in England in 1985 as a way to fight child poverty,” writes Lt. Herrera, the PIO for the prison. “Of the one dollar people pay to buy a red nose, 50 cents goes to charities such as Feeding America, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Save the Children, and Gavi (the Vaccine Alliance). With other donations, according to the organization’s 2015 tax filings, 85 percent of the proceeds go to these types of charities. Next year let’s all come together and support the fight against child poverty ‘one nose at a time.'” …

FEEDING THE HUNGRY – CSP-Sacramento Community Resource Manager Therese Giannelli proudly touted the institution’s efforts to help the less fortunate. “A wonderful donation to the local Twin Lakes Food Bank from inmate fundraising,” she wrote, sending along a photo of the check presentation. Thanks to inmate food sales, CSP-Sacramento donated over $1,800 to the local food bank in Folsom. …

AGENTS OF CHANGE – San Fernando Valley Complex Parole agents Francisco Saldana and Saturnino Gudino paid a visit to Noble Elementary School students on their career day. The agents spoke to fourth- and fifth-grade students about careers in CDCR, ending each talk by handing out stickers, coloring books and bicycle reflectors. …

HANDS-ON PROJECT – As part of his Eagle Scout project, Spenser Schultz spent a weekend teaching CPR to 158 inmates at Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp and Growlersburg Conservation Camp. “Four months ago he started with a goal of training 250 people in the community hands-only CPR,” wrote his dad, CAL FIRE employee  Jeff Schultz. “He has trained 768 people and logged over 1,000 service hours.” According to Growlersburg CAL FIRE Capt. Nate McCarthy, Spenser “was prepared with a short video, lecture and hands-on training.” …

COLLEGE HELP – Thanks to Pleasant Valley State Prison PIO Katherine Cruz for letting us know about their recent scholarship contest. There were four winners selected from 11 entries. Zachary Griffin, Devenae Flores, Brianna Darnell and Rafael Ramirez were selected to receive $500 each. The prison’s Employee Action Committee (EAC) worked with the Associate Dean of West Hills College to select the winners. “It was not easy to select a recipient, each of the students was very deserving,” writes EAC Secretary Monica Garcia. Applicants were required to be a child or dependent of an employee of the prison. They also needed to write an essay. Congratulations to the winners. …

SOUL STROLL – Signups are under way for the seventh annual Soul Stroll for Health in Sacramento at 10 a.m. on Aug. 12 in William Land Park, 3800 S. Land Park Drive. Organized by Correctional Workers Who Care (CWWC), the 5K walk will promote community wellness and bring attention to the issue of infant mortality in the African American community with proceeds benefiting Sacramento County’s Black Infant Health Program. African American babies are more than twice as likely as white babies to die before their first birthdays, according to state health reports. Registration is $20 if paid by July 31 and $25 after that date. For more information, contact correctionalworkerswhocare@gmail.com or register at https://register.chronotrack.com/r/30847.