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Success Story Stephanie McLemore Bray

The Power of Partnerships

Published August 15, 2018

Back-to-school time was always bittersweet for me. My daughters are in college now, but I remember how it felt to drop them off on the first day of school. Each new school year was an opportunity for them to learn and grow. Central to their academic achievement was, and still is, the commitment that schools make to provide all kids with the quality education they need to reach and even exceed milestones on the path to high school graduation and beyond. However, for far too many from low-income families, success in school is a struggle.

More Than Just Free Meals
Nurse Scholars teach kids about nutrition and wellness at free summer meal program sites.

United Way’s Summer Meals Program provides free and nutritious meals for children who may otherwise not have access during the summer months when they are out of school. This year, we have continued a partnership with Samuel Merritt University and their Nurse Scholars for a second summer. This partnership is also made possible with the support of UC Cooperative Extension and 2-1-1 Sacramento.

United Way Hero

A Retiree’s Guide to Giving Back

Bill Kessler is an AARP Experience Corp volunteer through United Way California Capital Region. After volunteering with the group for two years, he has been recognized as the first Volunteer of the Month.  He grins, eyes lighting up, excited to begin, and he warns me that once he starts, he just can’t stop.  While he had a full head of silver hair, something about him reminds me of a kid that was about to make a new friend on the playground.

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Learn more about the AARP Experience Corps Program

Learn more about the AARP Experience Corps Program
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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.

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