Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Volunteers from CDCR to Give Back to Community through Easter Event

This weekend marks the third year that Correctional Workers Who Care (CWWC), a nonprofit organization
composed primarily of volunteer CDCR employees, will be participating in an Easter event for Saint John’s Shelter for Women and Children in Sacramento.

The festivities at the shelter, 4410 Power Inn Road, will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and will include lunch. Last weekend, volunteers met to make up 70 baskets, and stuff more than 700 eggs. Donations – including plastic eggs, candy, Capri suns, Little Debbie’s, plastic grass for the baskets, small bags of snacks (Gold Fish crackers, cookies, fruit snacks, etc.) –  would still be very appreciated.
Easter Eggs on grass
“We serve dinner and give all the kids Easter baskets,” said CWWC founder Diane Shepherd. “There’s an Easter egg hunt. We dye eggs, and give all the ladies makeovers provided by Mary Kay reps.”
CWWC’s mission is simple: provide necessary assistance for those in need.

To that end, Shepherd founded her Elk Grove-based nonprofit in the belief that the needs of the organizations she sets out to help are of the utmost importance.

Correctional Workers Who Care is made up of men and women dedicated to narrowing the gap in community support to various organizations through volunteerism. They’ve been collaborating with other community-based organizations to help raise funds, build a volunteer database, and make referrals for basic necessities – food, shelter, clothes – when and where needed.

Since 2010, Shepherd and other CDCR volunteers from Sacramento, Elk Grove, San Quentin, Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy and Stockton’s DJJ, Vacaville, Solano Facility and Parole have committed to meeting those needs. It is also the primary reason the organizations have invited them back year after year.

“As a nonprofit organization we strive to help and improve the lives of others who otherwise would not get the services they so desperately need,” she said. 

For more information about Correctional Workers Who Care or to become a volunteer, please visit their website at: For more information about the upcoming Easter event at St. John’s, please call (916) 453-1482.