Jennifer Wright knows a good deal when she sees one. Securing $200 for her daughter’s future college education was well worth three hours of her time, despite her especially hectic schedule. She’s been working two jobs and raising her three kids – 16- and 13-year-old boys, and 5-year-old Madison – by herself since separating from her husband due to his substance abuse problems.
United Way’s Women in Philanthropy spring event was quite the success! Our Women in Philanthropy members and community donated 497 towel sets (one bath towel, hand towel and wash cloth), 92 pieces of luggage, and hundreds of toiletries for local foster youth preparing to emancipate from the system – a new record for this drive. Last year, the group collected 253 towel sets and 48 pieces of luggage.
The towels and toiletries will be included in baskets that Sacramento County prepares as part of its Foster Youth Emancipation Basket program. The donated luggage is given to foster youth in United Way’s financial stability initiative that is working to ensure more households in the region, including foster youth living on their own, are financially literate and able to save for the future.
Trivia, beer, and philanthropy made for a great night at United Way’s Young Leaders Society Brews & Brains fundraiser. More than 100 young professionals came out in support of the United Way’s Hydration Station Initiative – a project increasing access to drinking water at elementary schools in Sacramento’s Robla School District.
Thanks to passionate YPs, we raised $2,663 for the Hydration Station Initiative! The funding will be used to purchase and install additional hydration stations.
United Way California Capital Region had a great 2015 as we made big strides to accomplish our goals in the areas of financial stability, health, and education. We cannot achieve these goals without the help of our generous supporters, donors, and volunteers.
United Way was very excited to honor these individuals and companies who’ve made it their mission to make a lasting impact in our local communities.