Live music will be featured at the Our Promise CDCR campaign kick-off event on Sept. 12.

CDCR, California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS), and the Prison Industry Authority (PIA) are kicking-off the annual “Our Promise: California State Employees Giving at Work” charitable campaign season. The campaign is celebrating 60 years in 2017.

CalHR and CDCR Headquarters will host a joint kick-off event on Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the atrium courtyard at 1515 S St. in Sacramento. There will be several non-profit organizations, live music, games, prizes and presentations from CDCR, CalHR, and Our Promise leaders. Non-headquarters employees are welcome to attend.

The campaign runs Sept. 12-Oct. 12, 2017. Through Our Promise, state employees help thousands of non-profit organizations raise funds for causes and communities by providing an easy method for employees to contribute through a one-time or regular minimal monthly payroll deduction to non-profit charities of their choice. Monthly campaign donations can be made for as little as $5 per month.

During the campaign season, programs, divisions, institutions and offices throughout California hold local events and meetings to raise awareness about the campaign. The CDCR Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) leads the campaign this year, and OLA wants to highlight the opportunity each office has to have some fun with the campaign, and use the opportunity to boost morale in the office and in your community by hosting events and activities with coworkers.

CDCR/CCHCS/PIA employees really do make the difference, and we serve the parts of our communities that are in need through the campaign in very important ways.

CDCR is poised to do very well in the campaign. Earlier this year, the leadership in the Division of Adult Institutions invited the Our Promise campaign leaders to an all-wardens meeting. There, the DAI management and the Our Promise team encouraged institutions to engage in some friendly competition. We know that many other divisions, programs and offices are also planning to announce and host campaign activities and events very soon.

The staff in the Office of Public and External Communications (OPEC) recorded two webinars for campaign volunteers this year. OPEC’s quality work is now enabling volunteers in remote locations to get significant campaign assistance that they might not have had in prior years. The webinars for the campaign volunteers, and other internal departmental campaign resources are located on our intranet Our Promise page at intranet/ADM/DSS/hr/oew/CSECC/Pages/CSECC.aspx.

Last year, donations from all state departments totaled over $6.2 million, and the average employee participation in all state departments was 12 percent.

Although CDCR’s employee participation percentage was lower than the all-state department employee participation average, CDCR’s overall performance was still very good. Last year, CDCR increased donations by over $58,000, when the overall contributions from all state departments slightly declined.

This year CDCR seeks to increase employee participation percentages to match or outperform the all-department employee participation percentages. CDCR’s goal is to increase CDCR’s donations to over $630,000. Because our employees are very community-minded, and because of the sheer size of our department, CDCR has a unique opportunity to make a really strong impact.

For more general information, visit https://www.ourpromiseca.org. They have a new internet page with many new resources. CDCR’s Campaign Chair is Corinne Isberner (Corinne.Isberner@cdcr.ca.gov), and our Vice Chair is Jasmin Williams (Jasmin.Williams@cdcr.ca.gov). The staff at Our Promise encourages keeping the campaign social via social media. To spread the word and share pictures, use hashtags, theirs is #OurPromiseCA.

Enjoy the Our Promise campaign, and make a contribution to your favorite charity before Oct. 12.