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!
(916) 856-3991 EL@uwccr.org
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
Get your tickets to the EMERGE Summit, the Sacramento region’s
first summit created for and by young professionals, now at
This half-day event on March 21 at the California Musical Theatre
in downtown Sacramento will gather more than 500 attendees who
will make the future economic, civic, and philanthropic success
of the Capital region a reality.
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
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.
April 8, 2013Heather Harney, State Street Corporation
Volunteering has impacted me in surprising ways, and I didn’t
know what I didn’t know until I decided to get out into the
community five years ago.
Volunteering taught me that my perception of “community” was very
limited. Prior to my volunteering experience, community
meant the area where I lived: the soccer moms with soccer kids,
the restaurants, movie theaters and shopping malls. Oh, how
much I was missing!
Now, I hear the word community and think of all the areas of
need, of all the people who could use my support. I think
of the school where the majority of children will eat their best
meal of the day, and children who won’t be playing soccer after
school at a neat and tidy park. But I also think of the
determined and excited people who are working to change that.
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!
To check out photos of the event, like us on facebook!
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.
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