United Way collects 115,840 rolls of toilet paper
Goal of 60,000 surpassed means more money for nonprofit programs

News Release

June 20, 2012 – In 12 hours, Cal Expo was filled with 77,227 rolls of toilet paper donated by local residents and companies for United Way’s 3rd Annual LIVE UNITED Toilet Paper Drive on June 16. Sac-Val Janitorial Supply donated one roll for every two collected, resulting in 115,840 rolls of toilet paper to help local nonprofits spend money on programs instead of toilet paper. United Way’s goal was 60,000 rolls of toilet paper. Last year’s drive raised 50,000 rolls.

“We have collected just over 200,000 rolls of toilet paper for nonprofits across five counties since this drive began in 2009,” said Steve Heath, president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “This drive is proof of our region’s incredible generosity, and we are so grateful to everyone who volunteered and donated.”

Companies and local residents dropped off toilet paper at Cal Expo from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on June 16 or donated online through Sac-Val Janitorial Supply. The rolls will be distributed June 23 to many of United Way’s 142 certified partners in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties that otherwise would spend thousands of dollars on toilet paper each year. For more information, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org/tp-drive.

United Way California Capital Region is the region’s leading provider of innovative solutions on the community’s most pressing issues, including high school graduation rates, household financial stability and obesity. Working with other nonprofits, businesses, donors and volunteers, United Way provides positive, measurable results on vital health  and human services issues. Through new and traditional fundraising and mobilization programs, community members can give, volunteer and advocate in support of the causes they care most about, benefiting United Way and hundreds of nonprofits in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties. United Way is an independent, local affiliate of United Way Worldwide. For more information, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org.