United Way Volunteer Center Offers Holiday Donation, Volunteer Opportunities
Local residents encouraged to post volunteer work on social media using #happy2help

News Release

November 25, 2014 – Local residents looking for holiday donation and volunteer opportunities can visit United Way California Capital Region’s online Volunteer Center at volunteer.uwccr.org to find more than a dozen needs all in one place. Holiday volunteers and donors are encouraged to post photos of their work on social media using #Happy2Help.

“We are grateful to all of the community members who step up as first responders to meet our community’s most urgent needs during the holiday season,” said Stephanie McLemore Bray, president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “But it can be difficult to find volunteer and donation opportunities that fit people’s schedules and budgets. Our Volunteer Center is an easy way to find opportunities all in one place and easily narrow them down to what is most convenient and affordable.”

Current holiday opportunities on the site include assisting with collecting donations, providing toys and stockings for foster children and people who are homeless, and donating items for holiday meals. Anyone can sign up to volunteer or donate, and most nonprofits across the region are eligible to add their volunteer opportunities, and can do so through the website. To sign up, organizations log onto the website and create a profile that includes the nonprofit’s mission statement, contact information, needs and upcoming events. For questions, contact volunteer@uwccr.org .

United Way launched its online Volunteer Center in the spring to provide an organized, community-wide portal that connects the Sacramento region’s volunteer and donor base with United Way’s 160 local nonprofit partners and other local organizations. The center is designed to connect individual donors and volunteers, as well as corporate or group volunteers, with opportunities of all sizes and commitments throughout the year. Community members can log onto the website and create a profile that lists their interests, become fans of participating nonprofits, join volunteer groups, donate unused materials and household items to nonprofits in need, learn about upcoming special events and fundraisers, and advocate for causes.

United Way’s Volunteer Center was partly launched in response to United Way’s 450 corporate partners looking for a coordinated way to engage employees in corporate social responsibility through volunteer work, donation opportunities and events.

For more than 90 years, United Way California Capital Region has brought together nonprofits, businesses, donors, volunteers, community leaders and more to meet the community’s greatest needs, give immediate aid and find lasting solutions for future generations. United Way mobilizes members of the community to be first responders in repairing the education level, financial stability and health of everyone in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties through donation and volunteer opportunities. To donate or volunteer, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org .