For more than 50 years, the California State Employee Campaign
(CSECC) has shown the commitment and dedication of the state’s
workers on behalf of their communities. It has been their promise
to California. For this reason, we are claiming that promise as
our new identity.
June 6, 2013Aaron Casas, Department of Transportation
Charity is a large part of my life. My family and I have
always believed in giving to the less fortunate, helping those in
need and caring for every individual with respect, love and
dignity. We believe that spending time helping local
charities throughout one’s life helps shape everyone involved.The
people being helped receive emotional, monetary, and even
spiritual support through the hard times, and the helper receives
life lessons on how to be a kind, compassionate and understanding
person. It helps both parties grow as individuals and
brings people together while assi
As a child and early teen, I volunteered forty hours per week
each summer at my local Naval Hospital as a ‘candy striper’ for
the American Red Cross. Through my high school years, I
spent many hours at a local nursing home listening to stories,
laughing and just receiving joy from the residents who didn’t
have regular family visitors.
We all like to think that we are safe and secure, but one
incident or accident can surprise and shock us. In 1980, my
father had a massive stroke, and my mother was instantly
transformed into a 24-hour caregiver for a person who had severe
speech and mobility issues. My parents lived in Illinois, and I
was in Sacramento and felt helpless. My mother was getting very
depressed and was beginning to develop back injuries. Then the
local United Way stepped in and let my mother know about a senior
daycare program that the local United Way had developed.
When I think of how I would want to make a difference in
someone’s life, I have always arrived at the conclusion to “just
do the right thing” for as long as I can remember, I have
always been involved in community service.
When John Albarran lost his sight to glaucoma, he quickly figured
out how to move forward in his life. By the age of 17, before he
had graduated from high school, Albarran was a Guide Dogs of
America graduate. He is currently partnered with his fourth dog
from the school, a female yellow Labrador Retriever named Julep.
September 7, 2012Lt. Ken Roberts Sr., California Highway Patrol
I am Ken Roberts Sr., a Lieutenant with the California Highway
Patrol Commercial Vehicle Section; I have been with the
Department for over 17 years. When he was 2 months old, my
son Ken Roberts Jr. had emergency surgery for pyloric
It was three in the afternoon, and suddenly, time stood still. I
will never forget that call. We were told that we needed to go to
Children’s Hospital of Orange County immediately with a bag
packed for three days. On that day, Ava’s world and our world as
a family was changed forever. Ava had type 1 diabetes.
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