United Way Volunteer Center Offers Holiday Donation, Volunteer Opportunities
Participants encouraged to post on social media using #Happy2Help

News Release

October 29, 2015 – Local residents looking for holiday donation and volunteer opportunities can visit United Way California Capital Region’s online Volunteer Center at www.yourlocalunitedway.org  to find dozens of needs in one place. Holiday volunteers and donors are encouraged to post photos of their work on social media using #Happy2Help.

            A key project listed on the site is United Way’s Women in Philanthropy Holiday Gifts Drive where participants sign up for specific gifts for children in Sacramento County’s Child Protective Services or provide a $30 donation to purchase holiday stockings for foster youth in United Way’s programs. United Way will fill stockings with a gift card, hat, blanket, first aid kit, yearly planner, socks, snacks and personal notes. All items must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 30 at United Way’s office, 10389 Old Placerville Road, Sacramento.

            “We are grateful to all of the community members who make a collective impact on our community’s most urgent needs during the holiday season,” said Stephanie McLemore Bray, president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “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.”

            Other holiday giving and volunteer opportunities on the site include assisting with collecting donations, donating items for holiday meals and serving 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. For questions, contact volunteer@uwccr.org .

United Way launched its online Volunteer Center in 2014 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. The 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 people together as first responders on needs in the Sacramento region and 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 .