United Way Rolls Out 5th Annual Toilet Paper Drive To Help Nonprofits Offset Costs, Focus On Programs
United Way seeks 190,000 rolls of toilet paper in 90th Anniversary year

News Release

May 28, 2013 – United Way California Capital Region is asking the community to participate in its 5th annual LIVE UNITED Toilet Paper Drive on June 13 to help local nonprofits offset the cost for this staple item. Local nonprofits spend anywhere from a few hundred to thousands of dollars a year on toilet paper – money that could be invested in programs changing lives. Sacramento’s Volunteers of America spends $20,000 each year on toilet paper, which would pay for five months of meals for every man, woman and child in its family shelter.

“It’s amazing the expenses nonprofits face that people don’t think about,” said Steve Heath, United Way president and CEO. “Nonprofits work magic with their budgets to make a positive difference in countless lives in our region, but there’s only so much they can do. Donating toilet paper is a great way to join together and ensure more money goes toward vital programs that change people’s lives.”

Last year’s drive raised 177,451 rolls of toilet paper and this year’s goal is 190,000 rolls in celebration of United Way’s 90th anniversary. Sac-Val Janitorial Supply will donate one roll for every three rolls collected.

The drive will take place 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on June 13 at the Cal Expo main entrance, 1600 Exposition Boulevard in Sacramento. Residents also can donate toilet paper online at www.yourlocalunitedway.org/tp-drive. For updates, visit facebook.com/uwccr or follow @unitedwayccr  and #tpdrive on Twitter.

Food Link, a Sacramento nonprofit, will store the toilet paper and help distribute it the following week to many of United Way’s 148 certified nonprofit partners in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties.

Woodland United Way also will hold a toilet paper drive on June 13. Toilet paper can be dropped off at the Heritage Plaza on the corner of Main Street and Second Street in Woodland. For information on the Woodland drive, call (530) 662-3633.

Partners in United Way’s Toilet Paper Drive include FOX40, Sac-Val Janitorial Supply, Clear Channel, Clear Channel Outdoor, The Sacramento Bee, California Emergency Food Link, Cal Expo, AT&T, Golden 1 Credit Union, River City Printers, Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 447, Association of Plumbing Mechanical Contractors and Mechanical Contractors Association.

For 90 years, United Way California Capital Region has actively worked to address the community’s most pressing issues, now focusing on innovative solutions related to high school graduation rates, household financial stability and obesity. United Way’s team of nonprofits, businesses, donors and volunteers are working 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.