United Way’s Emerging Leaders are young professionals under 40 who join together across varying backgrounds and industries to create lasting change in our community through philanthropy, networking and leadership.
LEAD the movement as an Emerging Leader!
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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
The Emerging Leaders White Party was a huge success! Thank you to
everyone who attended – with your support we were able to provide
a brand new bundle of books for 239kids in United Way’s STAR Readers project. Wow!
We accomplished this in just one night – demonstrating that
together, young professionals are making an impact in our
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.
We did it! Thank you to everyone who donated to our Holiday Gift
and Stocking Drive – we hit our goal and will be able to provide
gifts and stockings to 275 local foster youth this holiday
Each year, United Way’s Women in Philanthropy
collects holiday gifts and stockings for foster youth. This year,
Women in Philanthropy is teamed up with United Way’s Emerging Leaders to hit our biggest goals to date!
A group from United Way’s Emerging Leaders
program volunteered at United Way certified nonprofit partner,
In support of United Way’s work of improving early reading skills
in kids, Emerging Leaders got to work with children in Reading
Partners’ program at Bret Harte Elementary School.
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
On April 9th, members of the United Way Emerging
Leaders went to the Health Education Council site of the
United Way Fit Kids project. Volunteers took a tour of the Grant
High School garden and demonstration kitchen before helping high
school students lead activities with a group of elementary school
age Fit Kids who were on a field trip to visit the garden and
United Way’s Emerging Leaders hosted a Networking Happy Hour on
Thursday at LowBrau in Sacramento. Young
professionals had a chance to connect and mingle with
other community minded young professionals and have some fun at
the same time.
During the month of February, Emerging
Leaders participated in two volunteer opportunities. Thank
you to the volunteers from Emerging Leaders who helped with the
First, several members went to the Health Education Council site
of the United Way Fit Kids program. Volunteers took a tour of the
Grant High School garden and demonstration kitchen before helping
high school students lead activities with a group of elementary
school age Fit Kids who were on a field trip to visit the garden.
Shop online the way you always do at thousands of stores
like Target, Macy’s, Nordstrom and Banana Republic and you can
give back to United Way without it costing you any extra. It just
takes one small step.
United Way’s Emerging Leaders got social with a purpose for
a Holiday Networking Happy Hour on Wednesday, December 12 at Pour
House in Sacramento. In the spirit of the holidays, Emerging
Leaders donated over 45 unwrapped toys to benefit the children
and families at St.
John’s Shelter for Women and Children, a United Way certified
A big thanks to Emerging Leaders for their generosity!
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Thank you to everyone who attended the Emerging Leaders Cocktail
Information Night on October 18th at The Red Rabbit Kitchen +
Bar. Thanks to the generosity of the young professionals in
attendance, over 115 school supply items were donated to help
support our local schools!
Attendees networked, learned about the Emerging Leaders program
and how young professionals in our community can make a big
United Way Emerging Leaders hosted Bowl for a Cause at Capitol
Bowl on May 17. The night of bowling, fun and good people
was an effort to gain awareness about the United Way Fit
Kids project. Emerging Leaders hopes to host similar additional
events in the future.
The Emerging Leaders Program Leadership Council shall be charged
with growing and expanding our membership, activities, goals and
projects related to United Way’s Community Impact projects
(Education, Income and Health).
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