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.
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.
The Our Promise: California State Employees Giving at Work campaign kicked off with a big nonprofit fair on the west steps of the State Capitol on August 27.
Over 100 nonprofit agencies lined the lawn, and hundreds of state employees attendend the event. State employees were able to talk with agency representatives and learn more about how these amazing nonprofit agencies are impacting their communities.
Secretary Brian Kelly, California State Transportation Agency,
was awarded the Augustus Freeman Hawkins Award of Distinguished
Merit in Community Service at the Our Promise appreciation event
on March 26, 2015.
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 CA
(formerly the CSECC), August Freeman Hawkins.
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