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Square One Project Stephanie McLemore Bray

United Way’s 2018 Goals
With a new year comes resolutions, see what ours are!

Every new year brings an opportunity for reflection and renewal. Whether it’s to lose a few pounds or reconnect with old friends or get involved in the community, many of us pledge to make changes that make our lives and our communities better. As we look back on the past year, did we do the things that we resolved to do? Did it make a difference? What will we do with the year ahead?

Get your taxes done for FREE
In-person or online options available

Save your hard-earned dollars and see if you qualify for valuable state and federal tax credits by using one of these two FREE tax return filing services before Tuesday, April 17, this year’s tax filing deadline.

  • In person at a Sacramento area tax preparation site (if your household income was $54K or less in 2017). See tax preparation site locations and dates listed below.
  • Online at MyFreeTaxes.com (if your household income was $66K or less in 2017). The website sponsored by United Way and powered by H&R Block software saves users an average of $200 in tax preparation fees. All you need is a valid email address, your adjusted gross income (AGI) from the previous year, and your income forms such as a W2, 1099, 1098, etc.

*Starting on Jan. 16, call 2-1-1 (for Sacramento county residents only) or (916) 498-1000 or visit www.freetaxhelp.us to schedule your appointment for a weekday or weekend.  The appointment line is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. If there is a specific phone number listed with a site below, please call that number directly to schedule an appointment.


Thanking and honoring United Way’s donors and volunteers
2017 United Way California Capital Region Impact Awards

We had an exciting 2017 as we built upon the Square One Project that launched in 2016 with the goal to significantly increase the number of kids who graduate from high school ready for success in college and beyond. Our goals could not be achieved without the help of our generous supporters, donors, and volunteers.

United Way honored these individuals and companies who are making a lasting impact in our communities at our recent donor celebration.

Learn more about the AARP Experience Corps Program

Learn more about the AARP Experience Corps Program

Learn about becoming a volunteer literacy tutor and see how you can help kids succeed in school. We are looking for volunteers age 50+ to help local schools turn their struggling students into successful, confident readers. With approximately 2 days per week, 2-3 hours per day, you can make a lasting impact in a child’s life. 

To learn more about how you can get involved in the Experience Corps program, click here.

Success Story

SOLD OUT 16th Annual Women United Luncheon was a BIG Success!
Members and guests raised over $75,000 in support of local foster youth

Last week, 450 Women United members and guests raised more than $75,000 at the 16th annual luncheon! The money raised will be used to support United Way’s foster youth program. Guests celebrated the amazing work that makes a difference in the lives of local foster youth and enjoyed hearing from special guest, Olympic gold medalist, Simone Biles. It was a real treat to see the teens in United  programs walk with confidence down the runway during the fashion show.

VIDEO: Women United supports local foster youth

VIDEO: Women United supports local foster youth
Learn more about the work Women United members do to support teens aging out of foster care

At the recent Women United Luncheon, we unveiled a video that illustrates the struggles foster youth go through as they approach adulthood and what United Way is doing to change the lives for these local teens. As you’ll see in the video, with your support, we CAN positively affect the outcomes for hundreds of youth in our region.

A special thank you to Light Media Productions for this wonderful video.

Action Groups


These women are making a difference in the lives of local foster youth.

Leadership Council

  • Allison Goodman, Intel Corporation
  • Rocio Cepeda-Espinoza, Nationwide Insurance
  • Romy Cody
  • Jessica Gauna-Miller, Nationwide Insurance
  • Tracy Sambrano, Enterprise
  • Andrea Shipley, UPS

Platinum Members: $3,000 annually

  • Susan Beighley
  • Donna R. Chipps
  • Romy  T. Cody
  • Char Donnermeyer
  • Susan Irwin, Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Kris Johnson
  • Monica Kauppinen, University Enterprises
  • Jaynealyce Masaki Mitchell, Nationwide
  • Stephanie McLemore Bray, United Way California Capital Region
  • Julie Quinn, Deloitte & Touché LLP
  • Jan Schori
  • Sandy Yasso

Gold Members: $1,500 annually

  • Eileen Bekic, Teldyne Technologies
  • Linda Brooks, The Sacramento Bee
  • Jenifer Campo, Principal
  • Lynne Cannady, LPC Consulting Associates 
  • Lisa Dalton, Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Judy Gavia, Eureka Schools Foundation
  • Jennifer Granger
  • Caralynne Gregg
  • Susan Irwin, Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Lindsay Kennedy, Nationwide
  • Stacey Larsen, Deloitte
  • Amber Lovett, United Way California Capital Region
  • Ruth Miller, Wraith, Scarlett & Randolph Insurance Groups
  • Carolyn Mullins
  • Diane Nakano, Sacramento Regional Transit
  • Mona Pasquil, Office of the Governor
  • Jane Patterson
  • Julie Petray
  • Debra Ramsey
  • Paula Reece, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group
  • Tracy Sambrano, Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Grace Kim Shin, Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Genevieve Shiroma, SMUD
  • Vanessa Sheared
  • Sandra Smoley
  • Kathie Sowa, Bank of America
  • Pam  Stewart, American Leadership Forum
  • Carolyn Turpin, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Silver Members: $750 annually

  • Joan Abate
  • Lori  Aldrete, Aldrete Communications
  • Janna Azim, Franchise Tax Board
  • Rocio Cepeda-Espinoza, Nationwide
  • Paula Clarkson, Nationwide
  • Carol Clefton, Nationwide
  • Sue Cutter, Nationwide
  • Emily Dilbreck
  • Allison Goodman, Intel  Corporation
  • Lisa Holmes, Enterprise Rent-aCar
  • Carol Houston
  • Donna Hubbard-Mobley, United Way California Capital Region
  • Cynthia Jimenez, United Way California Capital Region
  • Deborah Johnson
  • Sandy Joslin, Nationwide
  • Fawzia Keval, Elk Grove Unified School District
  • Elizabeth Koch, Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Valerie Jensen, SMUD
  • Beth Koch, Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Catherine Lackey, Delta Dental
  • Encie Lee, SMUD
  • Jennifer Macias, United Way California Capital Region
  • Rachel McCarty, Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Maria Martinez-Jones, Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Allison Moore, United Way California Capital Region
  • Terry Myrrdin
  • Catherine Pilgrim, Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Sara Reid Herman, CoBank
  • Kristina Ricci, United Way California Capital Region
  • Patricia Rosenbaum, Next Move Sacramento
  • Jennifer Smith, Zions Bank
  • Shannon Stamps, Nationwide
  • Kim Tarbell
  • Tammy Trovatten, Deloitte & Touche
  • Terra Wallace, U.S. Bank
  • Lorrie Wilson

Bronze Members: $375 annually

  • Nicole Anderson, U.S. Bank
  • Maryam Amiri, Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Valerie Antkowiak,  Intel Corporation
  • Mariangela Bazzoni-Curro
  • Elizabeth Beigh, Farmers & Merchants Bank
  • Stephanie Biegler, Child Abuse Prevention Council
  • Judie Boehmer
  • Lisa Bracero, Nationwide
  • Rita Cepeda
  • Nancy Cody
  • Darla Colson, Gilbert & Associates
  • Cindy Conklin, Gilbert & Associates
  • Deborah Cortez, Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Jessica Dias, Nationwide
  • Elizabeth Farrell, First Service Residential California, LLC
  • Rachel Falsetti, Department of Transportation
  • Susan Fox
  • Candace Fong
  • Robin Frazier, USAA
  • Denise Fullmer, First Service Residential California, LLC
  • Linda Geery, Gilbert & Associates
  • Jessica Gauna-Miller, Nationwide
  • Phyllis Hayashi, Lyon Real Estate
  • Mary Beth Herritt, CalTrans
  • Tracy Jackson, Golden 1 Credit Union
  • Reneta Jenik, Intel Corporation
  • Patricia Lindvall, SMUD
  • Molly Macdonald Boness, Intel Corporation
  • Yen Marshall
  • Candy McArn, Sacramento City Unified School District
  • Mary McCarrick
  • Kathryn McKim, AT&T
  • Tasha McLaughlin, CA State University Sacramento
  • Karen Miller
  • Annalene Myers, CalTRANS
  • Kitty O’Neal, KFBK
  • Kelley Palatinus, United Way California Capital Region
  • Ashley Poritz, United Way California Capital Region
  • Heather Razo, Music Department, Sacramento City College
  • Lynn Rickel
  • Leslie Stagena
  • Sarah Sciandri, SMUD
  • Dorothy Separovich
  • Suzette Shellooe
  • Denise Shepert, Deloitte
  • Stefanie Stenklyft, United Way California Capital Region
  • Heidi Stevens
  • Andrea Sweetnam, Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Marlo Tinney, Department of Transportation
  • Lora Watts
  • Ivayla Voybodova, Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Amy Warren, Elk Grove Unified School District
  • Cristina Warren
  • Stacy Wolfenberger, United Way California Capital Region
  • Judy Yee, Air Resources Board

Additional thanks to our Women United donors who wish to remain anonymous, and to our supporters (contributing $374 or less) for their support of Women United.

Please contact womenunited@uwccr.org if you would like to change your listing.