By Don Chaddock, InsideCDCR editor
For many, the saying “charity begins at home” also translates into “charity begins at work” and Diane Shepherd is a prime example.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation employee is a Correctional Case Records Analyst for the Division of Adult Institutions as well as the founder of the nonprofit organization, Correctional Workers Who Care.
Her efforts to help others haven’t gone unnoticed. The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors recognized Shepherd at their eighth annual Heroes of Human Services event on Oct. 7.
She received a county resolution for her charitable work.
“In June 2012, with Diane’s leadership and guidance, Correctional Workers Who Care sponsored its first Power Soul Stroll for Health 5k Run/Walk. This event served to promote community wellness and health and called attention to the astounding infant mortality rate in the African American community. A portion of this event’s proceeds went to help the County of Sacramento’s Black Infant Health Program to purchase items not currently funded, including food items for eligible groups and clients,” the resolution states.
“Diane coordinates numerous events throughout the year, including the annual Christmas breakfast held at the Sam Pannell Center which serves more than 300 children a hot breakfast and present them a gift from Santa,” the resolution continues. “She has also helped organize an Easter Egg Hunt at St. John’s Shelter for Women and Children so the children can partake in a variety of fun-filled activities while mothers enjoy a makeover.”
Shepherd is also involved in the Our Promise state-worker charitable giving campaign as well as smaller drives, such as a yarn drive to help provide inmate-made scarves and blankets to disadvantaged children.
“They do this recognition ceremony for people who go above and beyond to help those in need,” said a representative for one of the county supervisors. “It’s just a way to thank people.”
The event is a partnership between the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, Human Services Coordinating Council and the County Health and Human Services Department.
In all, 17 people received resolutions and 10 received honorable mentions.
Learn more about the program of keeping kids warm in the winter in this 2013 story and video, http://www.insidecdcr.ca.gov/2013/12/inmates-knit-warm-gifts-for-children-with-surprise-ending-video/
Learn more about the Easter event, http://www.insidecdcr.ca.gov/2012/04/volunteers-from-cdcr-to-give-back-to-community-through-easter-event/
Learn more about Correctional Workers Who Care, https://cwwc.vpweb.com/
(Editor’s note: Some websites may not be accessible from a CDCR computer.)