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.
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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.
Each year, United Way’s Women in Philanthropy
program collects holiday gifts and stockings for foster youth.
This year, Women in Philanthropy is teaming up with United Way’s
Emerging Leaders program to provide holiday
gifts and stockings for foster youth.
Stocking Drive – All Stockings Have Been Purchased!
Our stocking drive will benefit the foster teens in United Way’s
$en$e-Ability project. A donation of $30 will provide a stocking
for a teenage foster youth who is close to emancipation. Each
stocking will include a $25 gift card to Target, snacks, a first
aid kit, a yearly planner, socks, a hat and a blanket.
Thank you to our wonderful volunteers and supporters! Due
to an overwhelming response, this event is now full!
In true holiday tradition, United Way’s Women in Philanthropy
program is collecting holiday gifts and stockings for foster
youth, and this year we are teaming up with United Way’s Emerging
We are hosting a heartwarming wrapping and stuffing party on
December 5. We will stuff stockings with goodies, wrap presents,
organize gifts and write personal notes for foster youth.
This will be the first time Women in Philanthropy and Emerging
Leaders are co-hosting an event, so don’t miss out on a great
opportunity to network with members from each group!
Complimentary appetizers and refreshments will be
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.
March 4, 2013Tiffany Cheung DavisZurich North America
“Are you going to have a kids’ snack too?” This very simple
question, asked by one of the most forthright, genuine and flat
out adorable 4-year olds residing at the St. John’s Shelter for
Women and Children, sticks in my head constantly. I ask myself,
“When was the last I time I heard anything so gracious?”
With the help of United Way California Capital Region, the
department I work with at Zurich North America started a drive
for St. John’s late last year. Since many of my co-workers were
not able to give much of their time “off the clock,” we held
various lunch dates. During each date, we spent our lunch time
organizing the huge amount of donations into categories, such as
women’s career clothes, children’s toys, canned goods, household
items and baby supplies.
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.
United Way’s Emerging Leaders
hosted its 1920’s themed 2nd annual Cocktails & Ballet -
Flappers & Fellas to a sell-out crowd at the Elks Tower
Ballroom on Thursday. Over 150 young professionals joined
together at this one of a kind event, honoring United Way’s 90th
Thank you to everyone who attended! We also want to give thanks
to our generous sponsors, AT&T, The Sacramento Ballet and our
emcee, Scott Moak.
February 15, 2013Angela Criser, 3fold Communications
As a young professional, I hear a lot of talk about the
importance of maintaining a work-life balance. Every time I hear
this, though, I always feel like an essential third element is
missing for a truly balanced life: community. Because as
important as networking and continued education are to developing
our careers, and quality time spent with friends and family is to
building our personal lives, volunteering and philanthropic
leadership are vital for shaping the world in which we both work
This is why I was drawn to the United Way’s
Emerging Leaders program. Our community has so many wonderful
industry-focused organizations and young professional groups
dedicated to career advancement and education, but finding one
that concentrates on developing the philanthropic capabilities of
the next generation of leaders in our community is unique.
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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