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Sour Lake Man Receives Governor's 2014 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award
From left to right: Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Oliver Bell, Lloyd Michael Warren,
Keynote Speaker Judge Cathy Cochran and Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston.
(AUSTIN, TX. - APRIL 17, 2014) – Lloyd Michael Warren of Sour Lake, Texas was presented the Windham School District Employee Volunteer award during the Governor’s 2014 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program.
The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Oliver Bell, and TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston during a ceremony held in Austin. Warren is one of 15 individuals and 6 organizations from across the state recognized for their efforts to help inmates and those who are on parole or probation.
“These men and women give their time not for monetary reward,” said Livingston. “They volunteer because they have a personal passion in seeing others succeed. We are grateful for their selfless dedication.”
Warren is the Lead Teacher for the Windham School District at the Goodman Unit. Following work every Monday, he leads the Life Skills class for the Faith Based Dorm. He began the class when he was assigned to the Stiles Unit and he continued it upon his transfer to the Goodman Unit.
The Life Skills class helps offenders with decision making, goal setting, responsible work habits, financial responsibility and profitable family time. Her serves as a positive role model for the offenders who see him at work daily and then when he’s volunteering after work. His own moral character and discipline are worthy examples for the offender participants to emulate.
Warren and his wife Christene have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. In his spare time, he likes to fish, hunt and work in his shop.
Warren is one of thousands of concerned volunteers who, like him, donate many hours of their personal time every year with the goal of changing the lives of convicted offenders, and aiding and comforting their victims. Annually, some 21,000 volunteers make 145,000 visits to criminal justice facilities and work with offenders who are on supervision, donating some 460,000 hours of service.
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Make a positive difference in countless lives through the 2015 State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC)!
SECC is a two-month charity fundraiser that allows state employees to conveniently make monetary donations to charities of their choice, helping those in need. The SECC will be held Sept. 1 – Oct. 31. SECC involves many state agencies and entities, and WSD is a well-known as a generous supporter. Last year WSD employees contributed an amazing $11,884, proving WSD a leader in giving.
WSD employees participate by making gifts through the Windham campaign, no matter where they work geographically. WSD employees may participate through job assignment sites to include TDCJ facilities statewide, as well as WSD administrative offices in Huntsville. Unit and regional employees will participate in the WSD campaign at their job site. Administrative employees in Huntsville will participate in the WSD campaign at their job site.
Donations may be made through payroll deduction or via check and cash. Each WSD unit campus should designate an SECC contact person, who will then pass on campaign information. Make this person known to the WSD unit staff.
All employees are invited and encouraged to join the WSD effort for SECC and easily make a great difference in many lives!
Note to employees: Specific campaign details will be communicated to units by email. WSD employees should be careful this year to mark their donation materials with “WSD” at the top of all forms, to differentiate from TDCJ’s separate contributions.
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