Last year, I donated. With TP in hand, I stood in awe at the
mountains of white rolls that filled Cal Expo. And while giving
was rewarding, I remember thinking about what happened next—who
were the nonprofits benefitting from the drive and how exactly
does a pallet of toilet paper really help them?
Last week, I volunteered my time at Women’s Empowerment by
leading a course on relationship building in the workplace for
the new “Get a Job Kit” training program. I have to be honest,
initially I said, ‘you want me to lead what?’ But I did my
research, put together my presentation and went for it. I have to
tell you, it was one of the most proud moments of my life when
the women I spoke to related to my material, asked the best
questions and thanked me for the valuable information. I
volunteered my time and made a difference. If just one of the
women in the course uses any of the skills I offered to help with
a new career, I’m simply humbled and honored.
All of us have skills to offer whether we realize it or not. It
may not being leading a course, but you might be excellent with a
hammer or paint roller, maybe you excel at turning a messy closet
into an organized and useful space. Maybe you are a gardener and
want to help with community garden builds? The point is, you can
offer something. Multiple studies show Sacramento has a much
lower volunteer rate than other comparable cities across the
county, so the time is now to get involved and change these
numbers. But how do you get connected to the right opportunity
for you? Well, I am proud to introduce your new solution for
that: the United Way Volunteer
April 14, 2014Kristina RicciProgram Officer, United Way Fit Kids
We all need physical activity to be a part of our daily routines
to enjoy the health benefits of exercise. With over one-third of
children and adolescents being overweight or obese, this couldn’t
be more true for America’s youth today. The epidemic of childhood
obesity is one of the major health challenges that United Way is
committed to facing and improving to advance the common good.
Initiatives like United Way Fit Kids are
giving children in our region the knowledge, tools, and
inspiration that they need to live healthier lives. Being healthy
is not just about eating a nutritious diet. Exercise is essential
for fighting obesity and improving overall well-being.
Here are my top 5 reasons why kids (and adults too) should get
1. Improves Confidence
Exercise builds self-confidence. Kids who are physically
fit feel good about their body image. They are more confident
when it is time for gym class or sports tryouts. Encouraging
children to play outside and join local teams is a great way to
help them stay in shape and feel good about themselves.
I love seeing the might of the YP gaining recognition. Every
month, article after article touts our collective power and calls
for communities to look at the economic and cultural
considerations we care about to make changes that would inspire
us to move to, work for or invest in their cities and businesses.
However, while today’s young professionals are often painted as a
vibrant, passionate group, too often we’re also grouped together
as a single entity with a singular perspective, voice and way of
doing things. We are the “YP.”
I was privileged to have a roof over our heads, heat in our home,
and food on our table. These were basics and everything else was
good fortune. I didn’t volunteer at soup kitchens. I didn’t build
houses. As a child, I only donated clothes and toys to charity.
Older, my good fortune afforded me college. Over time, I found I
had more to give.
Here are 3 easy and great ways to give.
1. Donate your time. I started volunteering in
college. At the local library, I taught basic computer skills to
library patrons. I spent time with individuals and saw the light
bulb click as they began to understand computer tasks. I helped
many people in my community grow resume skills to help get them
jobs. As an added bonus, I connected with community members and
increased my own presentation skills. This is one example of how
I improved many lives, including my own.
Tip: Don’t get burnt out trying to find the perfect
impactful volunteer opportunity. There are plenty of
opportunities out there, so just focus on finding what interests
you. Big or small, your impact will surely get noticed.
December 13, 2013Deseanae BluiettIntel Corporation
In November, United Way’s Emerging Leaders volunteered at
#NoExcuses, a United WayFit Kid’s event. Thanks to great timing and bit of
serendipity, we were able to recruit NBC’s The Biggest Loser
Coach Dolvett Quince to
lead the event.
September 30, 2013Alex Rude Retail Pro International
On Friday, September 13th the United Way, alongside its team of
Emerging Leaders and over 350 volunteers kicked off their
inaugural Day of Caring. This year, as part of the Day of Caring,
the United Way planned 25 volunteer projects at certified
nonprofit partners across five counties. As an Emerging Leader, I
was asked to be the captain for one of these projects and gladly
welcomed the opportunity.
November 14, 2012Chris Gold, CSECC Campaign Liaison
My name is Chris Gold, Correctional Lieutenant with the
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
(CDCR). This year I am the Liaison with the California State
Employee Charitable Campaign (CSECC) and CDCR.
Although my assignment to this campaign has just recently
started, I have already met some of the most incredible nonprofit
organizations around helping give back to our communities in so
many different ways.
Also a special thanks to the CSECC/United Way staff for the job
they do and the support they have provided.
As a State Employee you are already a hero for the thankless job
you do, yet through this CSECC campaign together we can all be
hero’s by donating our time, talent, or treasure, to a nonprofit
Yes, it’s true. It wasn’t that hard to convince me to participate
a second time because of the amount of fun I had in last year’s
inaugural event. Some may even say it was too easy, considering
the blisters and bruises that followed. True, walking a mile in
high heels and this year on a more visible course with a larger
number of spectators isn’t my typical way to spend a Saturday.
But after walking with an incredible group of guys last year who
were all there to support WEAVE, how could I resist?
In my opinion, WEAVE is a extremely worthy cause. The
organization provides crisis intervention services to women, men
and children in Sacramento County who have experienced domestic
violence or have been sexually assaulted. It is WEAVE’s mission
to bring an end to domestic violence and sexual assault in
partnership with our community. I’ve seen first hand the efforts
of WEAVE and the dedicated staff who work incredibly hard to make
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