CA DCSS is Making a Difference this Holiday Season

California Child Support Services (CA DCSS) is getting in the holiday spirit! There are a lot of activities staff members support each year, and the 2019 California State Employees Food Drive is one of the main events. This year’s statewide campaign runs from November 4, 2019 through January 10, 2020.

Deputy Director Irene Briggs and the Administrative Services team is ambitious and wants to beat the Office of Legal Service’s record collection last year of 20,049 pounds of food, so The Double Dog Dare Holiday Food Drive was born, with creative dog-themed fundraisers planned over the next two months to encourage participation from all staff.

The first event held was the annual Turkey Drop, which took place on November 21 and collected 29 turkeys from generous staffers for a total of 383 pounds. Canned food barrels in both buildings will be available during the duration of the campaign to collect non- perishable food, and many employees are also participating in the Annual Run to Feed the Hungry on Thanksgiving Day, which will also count toward the total pounds collected.

These efforts will benefit the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services (SFBFS), a local nonprofit serving families in need. SFBFS provides free emergency goods and services to 150,000 men, women and children each month, and offers adult education, parenting classes, immigration and refugee assistance and many more services focused on giving customers the tools they need to permanently improve their lives. The nonprofit offers a safe space for hope to grow, without judgement, among neighbors that value every human experience.

The other major holiday event at CA DCSS is the Holiday Gift Drive. This year, the children and adults receiving personally chosen gifts from CA DCSS staff have been nominated by the nonprofit Center for Fathers and Families   (CFF), whose mission is to provide support and resources to newly single fathers and their families in need in the  greater Sacramento region. Over 25 years, CFF has served thousands of families with an afterschool program for at-risk kids and lots of mentoring and parenting resources for the fathers stepping up to be there for their children. For the Holiday Gift Drive, children in the program submit a wish list, and staff fulfill the requests until every child has a gift chosen just for them to brighten their holiday.

Keep an eye out for more opportunities to support both of these worthy charities with the upcoming Double Dog Dare Dog Holiday Photoshoot (professional portraits of your pals with paws), the CA DCSS Double Dog Dare Pooch Pageant (will your dog win The Cutest?), more on the Holiday Gift Drive and the Annual All Staff Holiday party!


The Holidays Are Happening – Statewide!


Del Norte County DCSS

Del Norte County DCSS participated in the California Highway Patrol’s first “Trunk or Treat” event in Crescent City. The effort included local businesses as well as first responders, coming together to give local kids a safe environment to    go trick or treating. Final court was over 1000 children – Del Norte County DCSS staff went through 560 pre-wrapped bags of goodies, and the local WalMart was wiped out of candy and cookies!

Orange County DCSS

Orange County DCSS held two charitable events this month. Their “Halloween Candy Give Back” was held the first week of November and the Book and Gift Fair was held on November 13. For the Give Back, staff collected left-over Halloween candy and donated it all to Operation Gratitude, a national nonprofit, who sends it to U.S. Service Members deployed overseas or hand delivers it to Veterans and First Responders serving in their local community. The Book and Gift Fair event supported their local Orange County chapter of the United Way, a nonprofit organization helping create a stronger community.

Sacramento County DCSS

Sacramento County DCSS held four charitable events this month. On November 6, the Sacramento County leadership team organized and cooked a breakfast called “Serving

You Who Serve the Kids” to thank all their staff. Beginning November 13, a Giving Tree Drive will be hosted until December 13 to benefit the Sacramento Childrens’ Home. On November 28, a group of 15 employees were sponsored by the Sacramento Wellness Grant to run in the Run to Feed The Hungry 5k, which supports the Sacramento Food Bank. And just because they could, all month long, a large group of male employees participated in the No Shave November Campaign to raise awareness about cancer.

Shasta County DCSS

Shasta County DCSS is collecting socks for children this holiday season with the goal of collecting 500 socks to support the “Sock Drive for Kids” nonprofit, a local charity that provides socks to children within their community.

Monterey County DCSS

Monterey County DCSS is collected non-perishable food from November 1 – 18, to give a better Thanksgiving for those in need through the Food Bank for Monterey County.

Tehama County DCSS

Tehama County DCSS supported the LIFT Tehama event on November 15, an opportunity for Tehama County residents to receive one-stop access to many of the resources that they may need to be successful in reaching the goals they set for themselves.

Los Angeles County CSSD

Los Angeles County CSSD participated in the Food and Fund Drive to benefit the LA Regional Food Bank from November 12-26. The food and funds raised help the Food Bank supply food to more than 670 charitable agencies. The Van Nuys office also supported the Zev Yaroslavsky Family Support Center Canned Food Drive from November 1-22.

Riverside County DCSS

Riverside County DCSS employees participated in a Turkey Trot on November 14 to bring awareness to health and wellness throughout the department.

San Diego County DCSS

San Diego County DCSS’ fourth Super Saturday took place on November 2, 2019. This event provided customers an opportunity to address their child support needs on a non-business day so they wouldn’t have to take time off of work. The department also held a holiday food drive and were able to make 182 holiday meal bags, which were all distributed by staff at the Super Saturday event.

North Coast County DCSS

North Coast Regional DCSS is participating in the annual Hunger Fighter Challenge. The Hunger Fighter Challenge is a community
Food and Fund drive supporting Food For People during the holidays and takes place November 1 through December 31. Food For People serves more than 12,000 people in their county. The department’s goal is to collect over 600 pounds, 100 pounds more than last year!

San Bernardino County DCSS

San Bernardino County DCSS chose to support a Veterans’ Donation Drive during the month of November. Staff donated a variety of new or gently used items that will be sold to raise money for the local chapters of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA). Disabled American Veterans is dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. The VVA’s goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam Veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam Veterans.

San Luis Obispo County DCSS

San Luis Obispo County DCSS is giving back to the community and participating in KSBY’s Season of Hope: during the month of November staff donated non-perishable food goods to the local Food Bank in support of alleviating hunger in San Luis Obispo county and building a healthier community. Last year, the Food Bank provided goods to almost 22,000 individuals a month and served over 590,000 meals. San Luis Obispo County DCSS is honored to contribute to this cause and will deliver the goods to the KSBY television station on December 13th.