Why I Promise
A state worker shares what Our Promise means to her

Post August 2020
Why I Promise

Every state worker who chooses to become an Our Promise donor has a reason why. Some even have amazing stories behind their passion. Meet Dawn Clark-Lamb and learn about what her Our Promise giving means to her.

My father was my hero.

He was a trailblazer, leader, teacher, and one of the first African American instructors in southern California in the early 1960s.

I have been an Our Promise donor since 1992. When my father was diagnosed with leukemia, my monthly donation became one of the many ways of honoring his memory.

In 2004, my family created a scholarship in his name at Cosumnes River College. Through the collective donations of state employees, we have made it possible for 17 students to receive $1,000 scholarships each.

The Our Promise campaign has even inspired me to participate as a volunteer. As one of the Leadership donors, I’m making sure that my entire department and beyond know what a game-changer our combined efforts can make in during such a challenging time.

You don’t need to have your own nonprofit organization to make a difference. With our collective support, we can keep California strong for all.

My monthly donation means keeping my father’s legacy alive.

What will your promise be?