The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

November 26, 2009
Column extra: Results from the state worker swap meet

Our column in today's fiber and cyber Bee highlights the Employees Helping Employees program started at the Victim Compensation & Government Claims Board.

It reminded us that state workers elsewhere have been looking out for each other, including at a Nov. 14 swap meet that we told you aboutin this blog post and several others.

We've heard from Tamara Laws, a state worker who had the idea for the swap meet. We asked what happened. Her report:

  • Over 60 people came to the swap meet.
  • About half of the clothing donated was left over, and donations continued flowing in the day of the event.
  • Organizers sold cupcakes donated by Roseville-based WOW Imaging Products and Icing on the Cupcake of Rocklin. About $100 raised from the sales went to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
  • The organizers also gave $50 to New Life Preschool & Learning Center for opening its facility to the swap meet and to support the school's emergency clothes closet for children.
  • A bulging pickup truckload of leftover goods went to Women Escaping A Violent Environment.
  • More leftover swap meet items will soon be delivered to several other local charities that work with children and teens.

Laws had plenty of help from her family and from other state employees: Amanda Cogburn, Karen Lynn Smith, Steve Alston, Terri Gibson, Tina Stidman and Tracie Sawyer-Bettencourt. Look for another swap meet for state workers in the spring, Laws said.

Unfortunately, there probably will be a need for it.

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