The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation staff, along with the inmates, youth and the parolees they supervise, have a long history of charitable contributions, fundraising, food donation and delivery of clothing and gifts for those less fortunate in their communities. Below is a schedule of upcoming and ongoing events taking place this holiday season.
Dec. 2-3, 2011: Chuckawalla Valley and Ironwood state prisons – The prisons will host their annual Breakfast with Santa for area foster children, as well as children and grandchildren of prison employees, on December 2 and 3. For more information, contact Lt. Maria C. Mireles at (760) 922-9710.
Dec. 2-3, 2011: The California Correctional Center, in conjunction with Lassen Family Services, will participate in the 22nd annual Victims of Crimes Hobby Craft Sale and Auction. The craft sale will take place 5-9 p.m. December 2 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. December 3 at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. The auction starts at 3 p.m. December 3. Proceeds will benefit Victims of Crime in Lassen County. For more information, contact Correctional Counselor Margaret Pieper at (530) 257-2181 ext. 4110.
Dec. 3-4, 2011: Family and friends visiting youth at O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility will be able to purchase a Christmas present for the youth. Youth who don’t receive a visit during the two days can send a flier home describing how the program works. The Christmas gift contains a white T-shirt, two pair of white socks, shampoo, body wash, and a variety of food items – Rice Crispy treats, trail mix andcookies, for example. Family members can send $20 for the present by the December 11 deadline. Proceeds from the gifts will be added to money from other fund-raisers for the Adopt-a-Family program. O.H. Close YCF has adopted a family from the Stockton Area Homeless Shelter. The youths will wrap presents for the family members, and one youth will go to the shelter to deliver the presents and get an up-close view of the meaning of giving back to the community. For more information, contact Parole Agent Katie Henne at (209) 944-6400 ext. 6673.
Dec. 7, 2011: Kern Valley State Prison staff will present baby blankets to students in Valley High School’s Parents and Children Together (PACT) Program. The PACT Program provides a flexible school schedule for student-parents to continue their education. For more information, contact Lt. Jeffrey Smith at (661) 721-6300 ext. 5514.
Dec 7, 2011: Avenal State Prison has a Christmas gifting tree through December 7 near the snack bar in the Administration Building. Each ornament represents a child who is in need of a gift. Staff members who are too busy to purchase a gift will have the option of using the Community Resource Office, which will provide a courtesy shopper to handle cash donations. For more information, contact Lt. Edward Borla at (559) 386-0674 ext. 5028.
Dec. 10, 2011: Uniformed staff at Centinela State Prison are volunteering for the “Shop With a Cop” program for children in Imperial County. The officers and children will start at Southwest High School on their shopping spree, which lasts from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Lt. Jesse Jackson at (760) 337-7900 ext. 7601.
Dec. 16, 2011: Kern Valley State Prison – Raffle tickets are on sale for $5 to raise money for Pond School outside Delano. The grand prize is a 47-inch LCD TV with a BlueRay player and surround-sound system donated by Acting Chief Deputy Warden Ed Blanco. The winner will be selected December 16. For more information, contact Lt. Jeffrey Smith at (661) 721-6300 ext. 5514.
Dec. 16, 2011: Kern Valley State Prison selected Delano Head Start Pre-School for its annual “Adopt a School” Program. Staff will stage a Christmas event with tree-decorating, a sing-a-long, story time, and a visit from Santa. Each student will receive a warm coat, shoes, and a toy purchased by KVSP staff. For more information, contact Lt. Jeffrey Smith at (661) 721-6300 ext. 5514.
Dec. 17, 2011: The Chuckawalla Valley State Prison and Ironwood State Prison Employees Association, in conjunction with the Citizens Advisory Committee, has established a program similar to “Shop with a Cop” – “Civil Servants for Santa” — in which uniformed personnel, such as police, firefighters, nurses, correctional officers, etc., take underprivileged children on a one-day shopping extravaganza at a local retail store. The first group will begin at 9 a.m., boarding a Christmas trolley and escorted by emergency vehicles to K-Mart. For more information, contact Lt. Maria Mireles, (831) 678-5952 or Lt. Willie Hawkins, (760) 921-4382.
Dec. 17, 2011: California Correctional Center and High Desert State Prison – Collection boxes for Lassen County Toys for Tots are at the institutions’ front entrances. Toys will be distributed 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. December 17 at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. For more information, contact Correctional Counselor Margaret Pieper at (530) 257-2181 ext. 4110.
December: Valley State Prison for Women is teaming up with the United Way. Prison staff will provide gifts for children through the Wishes for Wee Little Ones program. Staff can come by the Administration Building to pick up an ornament, then bring an unwrapped gift for the child in need. For more information, contact Lt. Gregory Bergersen at (559) 665-6100 ext. 5509.
December: N. A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility – NACYCF will adopt 10 families. The goal is to raise $2,500 through fundraisers. Youth will participate in shopping excursions to purchase Christmas presents for the families. For more information, contact Parole Agent Katie Henne at (209) 944-6400 ext. 6673.
December: The California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility received donations of nearly 500 bicycles that were donated to local law enforcement agencies and nonprofit organizations to be given to children through the Vocational Wheel Chair and Bicycle Refurbishing Program. Staff will take part in an annual toy drive for underprivileged children of Corcoran. CSATF/SP is committed to donating gifts for approximately 500 children. Additionally, 120 bicycles were refurbished for the event. For more information, contact Community Partnership Manager Florence Coté at (559) 992-7294.
December: The California Institution for Women is working with the Salvation Army to provide Christmas gifts to 30 families. For more information, contact Lt. Felix Figueroa at (909) 597-1771 ext. 4921.
December: The California Medical Facility Bicycle Refurbishing Project has provided bicycles to needy children since 1988. Bicycle paint and tires are purchased by funds collected by recycling aluminum cans from the institution. CMF also has a Giving Tree to find local donors of age-specific gifts. For more information, contact Lt. Roger Benton at (707) 448-6841 ext. 6509.
December: The California Institution for Women is adopting 30 families in conjunction with the Salvation Army in Ontario; presenting 20 refurbished bicycles to the Chino Police Department for distribution; and providing refurbished bicycles to programs in San Bernardino and Azusa. For more information, contact Lt. Felix Figueroa at (909) 597-1771 ext. 4921.