Gerri Lynn Ayala was born August 6, 1976, the 15th of 16 children. But unlike the other 14 born before her, Gerri was born with Cerebral Palsy with seizure activity and autism. She is paraplegic, wheelchair bound with limited left side use of her body. She has the IQ of a pre-schooler, will never walk or live on her own. Gerri will never get married or know how it feels to raise a child. But, thankfully, she was also born with a desire to live.
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.
Our Promise: California State Employees Giving at Work (formerly CSECC) is a campaign that allows employees to give to a variety of charitable organizations that are vitally important to the community. I am a member and in great support of Our Promise because I have had five kidney transplants.
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.
Are you passionate about giving back to your community and raising funds for the many nonprofits in need? If so, we need you!
Our Promise Loaned Executives act as full-time account managers during this state-mandated charitable drive. There are many benefits to your department/division for loaning an executive including strengthening external relations with other state departments/divisions and increasing leadership skills. Not to mention all the benefits to you the employee who is able to create networking opportunities, increase leadership ability, and have a deeper insight into the community’s needs.
Secretary Matt Rodriquez, California Environmental Protection Agency, was awarded the Augustus Freeman Hawkins Award of Distinguished Merit in Community Service at the Our Promise appreciation event on March 1, 2016.
The award was presented by Karen Baker, Our Promise Chair and Chief Service Officer of CaliforniaVolunteers. The award celebrates the vision of the man who created Our Promise, Augustus Freeman Hawkins.
The appreciation event honored our committed and hard-working department and agency chairs, vice chairs and other campaign volunteers, who worked to spread the word about the opportunity to give back, and the 37,000 state employees who contributed to Our Promise: California State Employees Giving at Work.
Thanks to the generosity of state workers, the 2015 campaign raised $6.2 million! View full campaign results here.
It’s a new year! Find ways to get involved and give back to your community through volunteering. There are many nonprofits and organizations who need your help, but did you know it really benefits you as well? Here are the top 5 reasons to volunteer:
The Our Promise campaign ended last month and yet again, state employees continued to show their support and passion for hundreds of nonprofits throughout our state and nation. Thank you! You lead the charge, stepped up to help countless individuals in need, showed your support for your community, and welcomed various nonprofits in to your departments to share information about their work.
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