100 Young Professionals Raise Nearly $3k For Local School Water Initiative At United Way Trivia Night Fundraiser

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February 22, 2016 – As 100 Sacramento-area young professionals worked together to solve trivia questions over beers at Yolo Brewing Company, they also raised $2,678 to increase access to drinking water at Sacramento elementary schools. United Way’s recent Young Leaders Society Brews & Brains event raised funds for the group’s Hydration Station Initiative, which is funding the purchase and installation of hydration stations in Robla School District elementary schools, providing each of the 2,500 students with a reusable water bottle, and partnering with Health Education Council to provide Rethink Your Drink curriculum that encourages students to choose water over sugary beverages.

 “The hydration stations play an important part in educating children to make healthier choices every day,” said Lindsey Smith, chair, United Way’s Young Leaders Society. “Being able to be a part of this initiative from start to finish and to see how excited the students are has been extremely gratifying. The fact that we are able to make a difference in these students’ lives and create a partnership with the Robla School District helps us realize the potential of our future Young Leaders Society projects.” 

The stainless steel hydration stations are mounted on walls and include a cooler and bottle filling station in an ADA-compliant design. Each station holds up to 3,000 gallons of filtered water, and an LED light shows students when their bottle is full. United Way’s Young Leaders Society already raised $25,000 to fund the purchase and installation of five hydration stations – one for each school in Robla School District. This year, the group hopes to raise an additional $25,000 to install five more stations in the schools.

            “Our kids are fascinated by technology, so we know these hydration stations will be a far bigger draw for the kids than traditional drinking fountains,” said Ruben Reyes, superintendent, Robla School District. “And because the kids are excited about the hydration stations and have been receiving important education about the dangers of sugary drinks, we know we will see more kids drinking water and making healthy choices.”

United Way’s Young Leaders Society unites young professionals to make a collective impact on health and education for kids through volunteer work and financial support. For more than 90 years, United Way California Capital Region has brought people together to meet pressing needs in the Sacramento region and has changed the lives of hundreds of children, families and adults. Now United Way is mobilizing nonprofits, companies, schools, government and individuals across the region, state and country to make a collective impact in the areas of education, financial stability and health in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties. To donate or volunteer, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org.