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News | July 9, 2020

San Joaquin honors Class of 2020 amid pandemic

By Annette Silva, DLA Distribution San Joaquin Public Affairs

The Civilian Welfare Fund Council at Defense Logistics Agency Distribution San Joaquin, California, is constantly finding ways to give back to the workforce and build morale. Weekly, the team meets to discuss ideas for fundraising opportunities and discuss ways of giving back to the employees.

“One of the members thought due to the COVID-19 pandemic and graduations coming to a halt, the CWF team would oversee a kind gesture and make their day a little special to show them that we care,” said CWF chair Kristen Roberts.

The plan set into action was to solicit volunteers from the workforce to adopt an eighth grade or high school graduate of a DDJC employee. The employee who adopted the graduate put together a graduation basket, during non-duty hours, for the person they sponsored. As a result, 16 students received a basket.

There was a wide variety of baskets to present. Graduates received gift cards, candles, blankets, their favorite snacks, drinks and all sorts of goodies.

“The feedback we received was positive. The graduates and their parents loved the idea and they were all very appreciative and it was a great way to give back to our employees,” concluded Roberts.