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Big Day of Giving 2017
24 hours to give to end poverty starting in school

Join us on Thursday, May 4 at Square One. When you donate to United Way on BIG Day of Giving, you will support our Square One Project – our 20-year promise to help end poverty starting in school. We know that higher education breaks the cycle of poverty. United Way is making sure students get there and succeed by: 

•    Keeping kids in school 
•    Keeping them on track
•    Setting high expectations
•    Ensuring strong support 

Our plan: We are want to raise $25,000 on BIG Day of Giving to end poverty starting in schools. 

Our hope: For more kids in our region to graduate from high school ready for success in college and beyond.

Your role: By making a donation on May 4 you’re contributing to the change you want to see in your community and the world. 

We hope you’ll join us on BIG Day of Giving to make a lasting impact in our community. In the meantime, please like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and like us on Instagram.


Students help craft Healthy Meals menu

Good health is critical for children to stay in and succeed in school. Our Healthy Meals program works to ensure every child has access to nutritious meals so they can focus on learning.

As we looked to make menu updates, we figured we might as well go right to the source – the kids – and have them help Davis Joint Unified School District decide what goes on our Healthy Meals menus. Over the last month, we’ve been working with various sites to have the kids do taste testing.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so here’s an inside look into the tastings:


Saluting our AmeriCorps VISTA members
We are proud to lead the VISTA program in our region

It’s National AmeriCorps Week, and we’re excited to celebrate! This year through United Way, 20 AmeriCorps VISTA members, 20 Summer Associates and 12 National Civilian Community Corps members will serve the Sacramento region! These individuals dedicate a summer or a year of their lives to bringing change to local communities across the nation. Many are assigned to projects far from where they grew up, and they gain valuable experience through their service to communities in need.


Spring towel, toiletry and luggage drive
Benefiting local foster youth

United Way’s Women in Philanthropy has partnered with Sacramento County to help collect items needed for the Foster Youth Emancipation Basket program. Many foster youth emancipating from the system do not have necessary household items to get started on their own, and we want to help make that transition a little bit easier.


March into Literacy Month
Celebrate Reading All Month Long

National March into Literacy Month kicks off with the birthday celebration of beloved children’s book author, Dr. Seuss’, on March 2nd! Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!

For children, creating a relationship with books is critical. Statistics show that reading at a proficient level by the 4th grade is a strong indicator for high school graduation success. 

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