United Way donors make holiday wishes come true for more than 100 CPS/foster youth

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Dec. 9, 2009 – United Way California Capital Region’s Women in Philanthropy membership group is once again responsible for bringing holiday cheer for more than 100 community youth without families of their own this winter.

Women in Philanthropy members and other generous members of the community collected gifts ranging from duffle bags to bicycles for more than 100 youth. The gifts were all wrapped, tagged and made ready for delivery Wednesday morning with help from volunteers from Intel Corporation and Allied Insurance.

The volunteers also prepared more than 60 stockings that will go to foster youth involved in the Linkage to Education program. Linkage to Education is a United Way certified agency that is responsible for helping foster youth make a transition from high school graduation to higher education systems, including community college, four-year schools and more.

Each stocking was filled with a gift card to a local store, a stuffed animal, snacks and first-aid kits.

Lisa Watts serves as the chair for Women in Philanthropy. She said her work group at Intel was anxious to step into the role of Santa’s helpers on Wednesday.

“Seeing all of the presents and stockings is a source of great pride and great pain,” Watts said. “It’s sad to see how many youth are without families, especially knowing that even with the significant contributions collected at United Way today, we know there are some foster youth out there that will still go without.

“I’m so proud to be part of this annual event. I’m in awe of the generosity shown by people in our community, even with a tough economy affecting so many families. We were given a list of names from social workers and Linkage to Education and we went out and made sure that everyone on that list had their wish granted. We just want them to know that someone cares and they won’t be forgotten this holiday season.”

United Way California Capital Region is an independent local affiliate of United Way of America that is governed by a local volunteer board of directors. UWCCR works with nonprofit partners to create lasting results on local community issues through United Way focus areas: Education (Helping Children and Youth Reach Their Potential), Income (Promoting Financial Stability and Independence) and Health (Improving People’s Health). United Way works with more than 700 employers in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties to raise money through workplace giving campaigns for United Way focus areas and nonprofit partners. For more information, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org.

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