We've really come together as a CCA family to support employees whose material lives have been devastated by the recent weather
Nashville, TN (Vocus) May 20, 2010
Nashville, Tenn.-based CCA continues to provide needed relief and assistance to employees in Middle and West Tennessee who have been adversely affected by this month’s record flooding.
CCA employees at its Facility Support Center (headquarters) and the Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility in Nashville and its Hardeman County Correctional Center, South Central Correctional Center and Whiteville Correctional Facility in the western part of the state have experienced various levels of loss as a result of the recent weather. In response, CCA employees in the Nashville area and West Tennessee have mobilized their efforts and contributed thousands in funds through innovative fundraisers, from casual dress days and car washes to bake sales and auctioned executive parking spaces, helping nearly 40 employees and their families.
“We’ve really come together as a CCA family to support employees whose material lives have been devastated by the recent weather,” said Joe Easterling, warden of Hardeman County Correctional Center. “At this facility, we’ve raised funds that will be split between four employees who lost homes during the storms.”
CCA employees volunteered to answer the phones during the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s flood relief telethon, which aired on Nashville’s CBS affiliate, WTVF-News Channel 5. The company also made a contribution of $15,000 to the American Red Cross.
“This experience has shown that we are just as much a large community as a large company,” said Damon Hininger, CCA president and CEO. “So many of our employees who were fortunate not to be negatively impacted by the flooding have gone out of their way to support those who were.”
Over the past two weeks, employees at CCA’s Facility Support Center have personally donated more than $15,000 to co-workers who experienced flood-related losses, from devastated homes to significant property damage.
Separately, CCA employees in Nashville and throughout the country have also contributed nearly $4,000 in one-time donations in response to flood relief efforts to the company’s CCAssist Fund, developed in 2006 to offer just-in-time financial help to employees facing unforeseeable emergency expenses in the event of a personal crisis, natural disaster or illness. The fund, which is sustained through employee contributions, typically assists approximately 40 employees each month and last year donated more than $300,000 to nearly 600 employees across the country and has donated approximately $1 million since its inception.
“Employees represent the strength of the CCAssist Fund. They contribute to it through one-time contributions and regular payroll deductions,” said Scott Craddock, CCA assistant general counsel and chair of the CCAssist Committee. “In response to the latest unprecedented events, we’ve seen contributions increase. This is just one way employees help each other at CCA.”
Affected CCA facilities continue to plan events and fundraisers to assist those affected.
“Our affected employees will face an uphill climb for many months – and years – to come,” said Brian Koehn, warden at Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility. “We will do whatever we can to assist them.”
“We are still planning more facility events to raise funds for our colleagues who’ve experienced total losses from the flooding,” said Warden Steve Dotson of Whiteville Correctional Facility. “Those survivors and their families will receive all proceeds.”
CCA is the nation’s largest provider of partnership corrections to federal, state and local government, operating more than 60 facilities, including more than 40 company-owned facilities, with approximately 87,000 beds, in 19 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to providing the residential services for inmates, CCA facilities offer rehabilitation and educational programs, including education, vocation, religious services, life skills and employment training and substance abuse treatment. For more, visit http://www.correctionscorp.com and http://www.ccacommunities.com.