Secretary Scott Kernan accepted the award to recognize CDCR for its efforts to promote volunteerism throughout the state.

CDCR received the Governmental Agency of the Year award during the Governor’s Volunteering and Service Awards in May.

California Chief Service Officer Karen Baker presented the award in the Governor’s Council Room in the State Capitol in Sacramento.

“This award honors an outstanding state, county, or city agency or department that has demonstrated a remarkable dedication to engaging volunteers. Led by Secretary Scott Kernan, CDCR has enthusiastically demonstrated their commitment to growing their volunteer footprint at the 35 state prisons. Examples of their innovations include producing a video for Correctional Officers and volunteers to better understand the importance of volunteer work within the prisons, organizing a statewide Volunteer Advisory Board, and growing volunteer-based rehabilitation programs,” according to a press release.

“These dedicated men and women are purpose-driven and passionate about making their communities stronger,” Baker said. “We are so honored to be able to present these awards to the best of the best in service and volunteerism.”

CaliforniaVolunteers is the state office that addresses state and community challenges by investing in high impact service solutions, while leveraging public, private, and nonprofit partnerships and resources. Through AmeriCorps, disaster volunteering, and community partnerships, CaliforniaVolunteers transforms small investments into community impact. For more information, visit

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