United Way Collects 177,451 Rolls of Toilet Paper for Local Nonprofits
Goal of 125,000 Surpassed Means More Money for Nonprofit Programs

News Release

June 19, 2012 – In 12 hours, Cal Expo was filled with more than 118,000 rolls of toilet paper donated by local residents and companies for United Way’s 4th Annual LIVE UNITED Toilet Paper Drive on June 14. Sac-Val Janitorial Supply donated one roll for every two collected, resulting in 177,451 rolls of toilet paper to help local nonprofits spend money on programs instead of toilet paper. United Way’s goal was 125,000 rolls of toilet paper. Last year’s drive raised 115,840 rolls.

“We’ve now collected nearly 400,000 rolls of toilet paper for nonprofits across five counties since this drive began four years ago,” said Steve Heath, president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “This drive has saved nonprofits hundreds of thousands of dollars. We are grateful to the community and Sac-Val Janitorial Supply for recognizing how a humble product like toilet paper can change the course of people’s lives.”

Companies and local residents dropped off toilet paper at Cal Expo from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on June 14 or donated online. The rolls will be distributed June 21 to many of United Way’s 142 certified nonprofit partners in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties that otherwise would spend thousands of dollars on toilet paper this year. For more information, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org/tp-drive.

Many local companies held miniature toilet paper drives to contribute to United Way’s drive. SEIU Local 1000 was United Way’s highest donor at 25,000 rolls. Other top donors included Enterprise Rent-A-Car at 18,592 rolls; Intel Corporation at 16,491 rolls; CSAC at 10,668 rolls; The Golden 1 Credit Union at 6,282 rolls; Bank of America at 5,331 rolls; WellPoint at 3,425 rolls; Allied/Nationwide at 2,655 rolls; C&S Wholesale at 2,570 rolls; and Genworth Financial at 2,216 rolls.

United Way 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. United Way’s team of nonprofits, businesses, donors and volunteers work together to provide positive, measurable results on these issues through United Way projects: STAR Readers, $en$e-Ability and Fit Kids. 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.