July 24, 2012Patricia Simpson, California Conservation Corps
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.
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.
As Our Promise enters its final month of the campaign, there are still opportunities to get your department involved and to close out this years Our Promise campaign with a bang! You have until October 31 to see how far you can take your campaign plans!
This is such an exciting time for California state employees and our communities as a whole! Our Promise: California State Employees Giving at Work kicked off on August 27 and will continue through October 31. There are so many great campaign kickoff events scheduled and the amount of passion shown by state employees during these two months is truly inspiring.
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