A Galt newspaper recently wrote about efforts of the Richard A. McGee Correctional Training Center staff to help the local community fight crime by giving troubled youth a realistic look at life in prison. [Click here for the article]

CMF personnel involved in major local holiday charities

California Medical Facility (CMF) personnel are active in several holiday charitable opportunities.

The Vacaville facility was invited by the local community invited to participate in several charitable programs: Christmas Wish, Toys for Tots and Holiday Connection.

Andre Gonzales and Elizabeth Swanson of CMF look over the Christmas Wish ornaments.

As part of the Christmas Wish, the Solano County Family and Children’s Services has given CMF more than 100 bell-shaped ornaments that list names and ages of underprivileged children.  Each ornament represents one child. The ornaments are displayed in the Administration Building foyer along with instructions and a sign-up sheet.

Those who select an ornament are given the opportunity to purchase an appropriate gift for a child with a recommended limit of $40-$50 a child.

CDCR staff, Department of State Hospitals staff, California Correctional Peace Officers Association members and community volunteers joined in making Christmas possible for a large number of underprivileged children.

Toys for Tots donation barrels can be found at the CMF front entrance building. The deadline for donating toys is Dec. 18.

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and Travis Air Force Base are collecting gifts for the Solano County Toys for Tots program. The program’s mission is to collect new, unwrapped toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community.

As part of the Holiday Connection program, CMF sponsored 15 senior citizens in need of holiday gifts.  The Holiday Connection, formerly Senior Santa, reaches out to seniors who live alone or in residential care facilities and who have little contact with family or friends.

Social workers, public health nurses, and facility staff identify the seniors for the program. They asked the seniors what kind of gift they would like that cost about $35.

Sponsors are encouraged to deliver the presents to the seniors during the drop-off period from Dec. 17-21.  Staff who cannot drop off presents but elect to participate should leave gifts at the institution by Dec. 18. CMF staff will help deliver the presents the next day.

The CMF Bike Refurbishing program provides needy children with bicycles and helmets.

The CMF Bike Refurbishing program provides new bikes for the children participating in Christmas Wish along with new helmets.  The CMF Bike Refurbishing program also donated more than 75 refurbished bicycles for other various non-profit organizations for the holiday.

NKSP employees help children, food drive

By Lt. George Becerra, Administrative Assistant/ PIO

This year North Kern State Prison (NKSP) employees took part in their eighth annual Gift Program and adopted 105 kindergarten students from Nueva Vista Language Academy in Delano.

NKSP employees display ‘thank you’ messages from students

Each student’s name was placed on a list with the child’s “Christmas Wish,” clothing and shoe sizes.

Staff chose children to “adopt” with many employees selecting more than one child.

“In my short time at NKSP, I am amazed at the generosity of the staff,” said Warden (A) Sandra Pennywell.

Also in November, NKSP staff partnered with Delano Community Connections in a food drive. Participating agencies were assigned a non-perishable food item, with a goal of receiving 200 donations for each item.  NKSP was assigned dry cereal, and in a two-week period employees donated 325 boxes of cereal.