Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) and the San Diego Salvation Army Kroc Center teamed up to donate 200 bicycles to children in San Diego, a partnership that has been going strong since 2014. Glynis Eckert, Marketing & Communications Manager for the Kroc Center, is no stranger to how much work goes into making all of this happen. When planning began in late August, it was clear that RJD staff and inmates had to come together to ensure each identified kid would receive a bike.
From raising money for struggling families to assisting senior citizens, CDCR staff from multiple institutions stepped up to assist the communities they serve. Institutions in the high desert in northern California, the Sierra foothills, the central valley, southern California and the central coast got behind efforts to help those less fortunate.
In a continuing effort to help spread joy and happiness to families in need, parole agents and administrators as well as CAC, CCC, SATF, FOL, WSP, SVSP and CCI gathered toys, food, money and supplies for the communities in which they serve.
Joining other CDCR staff members across the state, the Office of Internal Affairs, CSP-Sacramento and Kern Valley State Prison took part in multiple toy drives and other charitable acts during the holiday season.
California Correctional Institution (CCI) officers participated in the Shop with a Cop program as 20 children were paired up with Officers from CCI.Southern Region San Diego District Parole Administrators, Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) administrators, Division of Rehabilitative Program managers, parole agents and supervisors as well as RJD Investigations Services Unit staff escorted underprivileged kids to the store during the 2018 annual Shop With a Cop event in San Diego. Parole agents of the Woodland Parole Unit conducted the first ever Shopping with an Agent event in Woodland.
From parole offices to institutions, CDCR employees stepped up to help families over the holiday season.