We have dedicated a mural to our volunteers, donors and community partners for their commitment to our mission and vision in 2014.
About the mural: United Passion
This mural symbolizes the body and passion of United Way California Capital Region. The arm is powerful, nimble and diverse, representing United Way’s unique position in our community. The hand represents a combined caring devotion from our donors, volunteers and community partners.
This month the Community Engagement team sat down with one of our most ardent supporters in the corporate arena, Fern Shaw. Ms. Shaw has headed up numerous projects for UPS at several of our Nonprofit Partners over the last couple months, so we wanted take some time to get to know her and thank her for her incredible work with our team.
Community Engagement: Good Morning! Thanks for taking the time to sit down with us, can you tell us a little about yourself?
Fern Shaw: My name is Fern Shaw. I am married to a wonderful man, my husband John and I have two beautiful children, Jasmine who is three and Jack, who is one.
Hard-working volunteers rarely see themselves as heroes or anything more than someone trying to make a small difference in their community. It came as no surprise that when I sat down with United Way’s Retiree Giving Club volunteer, Roger Stoughton, and used the word “hero,” he balked at the idea. However, as our conversation unfolded and I learned about all that Roger and his wife Carol have contributed over the last 30 years, both in time and financially, it’s clear that the Stoughtons are true examples of community heroes.
Roger worked for the State of California for more than 30 years. He was always active in the state’s giving campaign, designating some of his donations to his church, St. Mark’s Methodist Church in Sacramento and United Way. When I asked him why United Way, he explained that United Way covers a lot of organizations that make an impact in the community. As a long-time resident of Carmichael, it’s important to Roger and Carol that money stays local and supports the region where they live and have raised a family.
For many low-income families, every dollar has to be stretched in order to put food on the table. Buying books for their children just may not be possible for some families. However, as studies show, nourishing children’s minds with literature greatly improves their performance in school. And there is no better place to start than at home.