United Way’s Women in Philanthropy Collects Towels, Toiletries and Luggage for Foster Youth, Exceeds Goals

News Release

May 5, 2011 – United Way’s Women in Philanthropy collected 65 luggage sets, thousands of toiletries and 305 towel sets to donate to more than 300 foster youth through Sacramento County’s Emancipation Basket program. The group collected the items for its annual Women in Philanthropy Spring Event on May 4. The event was open to the community and the towels, luggage and toiletries collected were added to baskets filled with household supplies for foster youth aging out of the system.

“These are items we all take for granted, but they can make a huge difference in quality of life for foster youth who are getting ready to leave the system and live on their own,” said Lisa Watts, Women in Philanthropy chair.

The community can still donate towels, toiletries and luggage through United Way’s Women in Philanthropy wish list at CafeGive, http://cafegive.com/wishlist?cause=united-way-california-capital-region. Items can be ordered and shipped directly to United Way. Last year, Women in Philanthropy collected 350 towel sets, hundreds of toiletry items and more than 40 luggage sets. 

United Way’s Women in Philanthropy brings women together to foster the future, preparing foster youth for a successful adulthood. A dynamic group of businesswomen, homemakers and community leaders, Women in Philanthropy members raise funds, hold drives and provide trainings focused on helping foster youth rise to their dreams. For more information, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org/wip.

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.