By Lt. Travis R. Wright, Administrative Assistant/PIO

The Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) recently donated almost $80,000 to local community programs. The money was raised through a wide variety of sources at CCWF.

Warden Deborah Johnson with Pastor Brian Mott and some of the gifts made possible by CCWF efforts.

When thinking of the CDCR the images of fence lines, correctional officers, and inmates on a yard are usually the first to come to mind. At CCWF correctional excellence along with the safety and security of staff and the public are the primary goals, but Warden Deborah Johnson is also committed to philanthropy.

“Prisons are definitely a place that provides safety for the local citizens,” Warden Johnson said. “With that in mind, our mission is also to enhance partnerships with local communities and work together for the benefit of everyone. CCWF works hard to make relationships, and one way that is done is in giving back to those that are less fortunate around us.”

CCWF’s donations totaled approximately $78,500, with the money spread out among a variety of beneficiaries.

About $54,000 came from the Joint Venture Program. Many institutions throughout the state have this program to give to local victim service organizations. Warden Johnson chose the Madera Community Action Partnership as the recipient.

The other $22,500 came from other inmate fund-raising programs, either inmate sales or direct donations from family members. There are three extremely active inmate committees that provide much of the donations.

The Juvenile Offender Committee donated $1,500 to the Chowchilla Christmas Basket and $1,500 to the LeGrand Bible Christian Church – both of which provide toys, coats, and food to the needy individuals in those communities.

The Long Termer Organization donated $2,500 to Fuller Elementary School, $1,000 to the Get on the Bus, $1000 to the Chowchilla Fire Department, $1,000 to Continuing the Dream, and $2,500 to Madera Volunteer Fire Station #2.

The Veteran’s Support Group donated $277 to the Work from Home Troop Support.

“The money that the inmates have raised over the last year brought a lot of joy and comfort to the community,” Warden Johnson said. “It was a pleasure to go out and give to these donations on behalf of the institution and to see the happiness that was exhibited because of them. Next year will be no different. Philanthropy is one of many integral parts of being a warden, and I am committed to success in that area.”