By Don Chaddock, Inside CDCR editor
Office of Public and Employee Communications
When Heather Pol, Pharmacist II, isn’t helping offenders get healthy at California State Prison, Solano, she’s helping those less fortunate.
During the devastating Santa Rosa fires, she volunteered at a clinic dedicated to people impacted by the disaster.
“Volunteering affords me the opportunity to give back to the community and potentially change a person’s life,” she said.
While she has no personal connection to Santa Rosa, she saw a need and filled it. She also helps animals.
“I volunteer regularly, two days a week, at my local animal shelter. At the shelter I assist with dog walking and adoption counseling. On Sundays, I run long distances with the shelter dogs to provide additional exercise and human companionship,” she said.
Like many other correctional employees, she’s also involved with Special Olympics.
“I (help) with recruiting for the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics at CSP-Solano. For the past three years, I have encouraged healthcare staff to donate or participate in the run,” she said.
In mid-January, she also laced up her shoes to run for a charity event with her animal shelter running team.
After putting in full days working at a prison, why does she spend so much extra time helping others?
“Volunteering is a small way I can support causes that are important to me. I appreciate that I am fortunate enough to have the capability to volunteer, and I think it’s important for me to assist the people or animals that are in a less fortunate situation,” she said.