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.
As you may know, for the last 5 years, more than 600,000 rolls of
TP have been collected through United Way’s Toilet Paper Drive
benefiting hundreds of nonprofits throughout the Sacramento
area.But have you ever wondered how these rolls get from the
donation drop off at Cal Expo and into the hands of those local
agencies? Until I joined United Way Emerging Leaders and
got to experience it for myself, I never knew what a humbling and
rewarding event the Toilet Paper Distribution Day could be.And
now I want to share my experience, so hopefully more Emerging
Leaders can have the opportun
It is always exciting to start a new job in a new city.
There are so many possibilities and everything is a new
adventure. But how do you find out about the cool concerts
in the parks, gallery openings, games and events? Better
yet, how do you meet people to check out these things with?
One great way to dive into the local community, learn about cool
events and meet new people is to get involved with a nonprofit.
Pet Peeve Alert: I hate running out of toilet
Running out of toilet paper is annoying. It seems like you never
remember to buy more until you are in desperate need. Then it’s
even more irritating because, when you do realize you need it,
it’s always right after you just made a trip to the store, and
now you have to make another trip specifically for toilet paper.
And it’s not like you live all that close to the store. Nor are
you excited about shelling out $10 for a pack, like it’s made out
of gold leaf and bunny fur or something.
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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