From left are Corinne M. Isberner, Attorney III with the Office of Legal Affairs and Our Promise Department Chair for CDCR; Secretary Scott Kernan; Ashley Poritz, statewide head of Our Promise; and Valerie McColloch, CDCR campaign liaison. They took part in the September campaign kick-off event at CDCR headquarters.

By OPEC staff

When other departments fell short, CDCR stepped up and raised the bar through contributions and more that doubled overall employee participation in the Our Promise campaign.

“The spirit of charitable giving is on the way up in CDCR, and as a result, our employees continue to really make a difference in our communities,” said Departmental Campaign Chair Corinne M. Isberner, Attorney III with CDCR’s Office of Legal Affairs.

The published results from the Our Promise Campaign shows total contributions for Team CDCR increased to $573,060.60 in 2017. CDCR’s total contributions increased, during a time when the overall statewide contributions from all departments fell slightly. The overall campaign numbers for all departments decreased from $6.196 million in 2016 to $6.133 million in 2017.

For the purposes of the Our Promise campaign, Team CDCR consists of CDCR, Prison Industry Authority, and California Correctional Health Care Services employees. The “Our Promise: California State Employees Giving at Work” campaign gives employees the opportunity to donate to their chosen non-profits directly through payroll deduction.

Team CDCR increased overall employee participation rate to 14 percent from 6 percent, surpassing the overall all-department statewide employee participation rate of 12 percent. The increasing employee participation is great news, especially given some of the challenges unique to Team CDCR in educating everyone about the campaign.

CDCR has some hard-to-reach work locations and shifts in comparison to other state departments. Over the past five years, Team CDCR’s employee participation was between 6 and 7 percent, far behind overall employee participation levels for all departments.

The link to the results that Our Promise published is at https://www.ourpromiseca.org/results. More statistics, with breakdowns, are available this year. The Our Promise staff made changes to their reporting style, and the new vendor’s method is causing some higher than normal percentage calculations due to the new reporting format.

“A real stand-out in the report is how well some of the CDCR institutions are doing. We had goals to improve there, and thanks to some truly wonderful support from the very top of management all the way through to every level of volunteers and employees participating, the institution participation numbers are really on the move upwards,” Isberner said. “A special thank you to all of those who worked on and supported the campaign. We had an excellent team, wonderful campaign liaisons, and wonderful people to work with at every level of our organizations.”

(Editor’s note: Some websites may not be accessible from a CDCR computer.)

In other Team CDCR “Our Promise” news, the campaign has been publishing articles featuring current and former CDCR donors and Campaign Liaison volunteers. For example, the campaign recently featured CDCR employee Steven Barclift at this link: https://www.ourpromiseca.org/post/supporting-organizations-help-our-servicemen-and-women, as well as Archie Graham at this link: https://www.ourpromiseca.org/article/beating-odds. Our Promise also ran a special feature on CDCR Campaign Liaison Tom Runge, at https://www.ourpromiseca.org/post/meet-tom-runge, and another article honoring both CDCR Campaign Liaisons at https://www.ourpromiseca.org/meet-loaned-executives.

Last year, the CDCR Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) led the statewide Our Promise charitable giving campaign. At this time OLA passes the baton for leading Team CDCR to the Office of Labor Relations for next year. Leading Team CDCR going forward is Departmental Campaign Chair Jasmin Williams, Staff Services Manager I, in the Office of Labor Relations. She can be reached at Jasmin.Williams@c dcr.ca.gov. For more information about the campaign, visit https://www.ourpromiseca.org/.

“OLA hopes that each of you look forward to all of the exciting opportunities to keep up the momentum going into next year,” Isberner said.