Volunteers Making an Impact for the Holidays
Student United Way #Happy2Help
Leading up to the holidays, we give thanks to everyone who has made an impact in the Sacramento region during what can be a difficult time for those in our community. We have been working on several long-term projects that couldn’t have been completed without the help of volunteers like you and those we tell stories about below. In addition to those projects, our #Happy2Help campaign launched in November and is running through the New Year to help encourage community members to share their good deeds.
Student United Way
We are so excited to have this small group of dedicated college students working with us. This semester alone, Student United Way has gone from a small dream to actually hosting volunteer projects on the Sacramento State campus. We’ve highlighted our President, Vice President, and Treasurer in the “Volunteer Spotlight,” and we hope that the group continues to grow and enacts change in the greater Sacramento community.
A huge group of volunteers from Zurich showed up bright and early at Wellspring Women’s Center, a United Way partner agency. 15 volunteers arrived early to serve breakfast to the women and children in the Oak Park area that need our care the most. The group assisted in preparing food, stayed through the lunch rush, and even entertained some of the children in the Kids Korner.
Several dedicated UPS volunteers visited Community Recovery Resources in late October. Community Recovery Resources is a dedicated United Way certified agency that was in desperate need of a fresh coat of paint to refresh its lobby and meeting rooms to make them more welcoming for clients. Check out the awesome work CoRR does here.
Nine amazing volunteers showed up early on a Saturday morning ready to put their power tools to a good cause. The volunteers from RICOH, Inc. went to work on an old, rotting fence for the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California, a postponed project from Day of Caring 2015. They tore down the fence, cleaned out the yard and installed new redwood boards to ensure the safety of the girls who participate in programs at this lovely urban cabin.
YLS Hydration Station Volunteer Night
On November 5, more than 40 volunteers came together to package water bottles with “Rethink Your Drink” materials, inspirational notes written by our members and volunteers, and other educational materials encouraging students to live healthier lives. They gathered together at our offices in Sacramento to support the mission of United Way’s Young Leaders Society (YLS) - to improve access to healthy drinking water to some of our community’s most at-risk students. The water bottles packaged at this event will be delivered to the students in the Robla School District in January. To learn more about the Hydration Station Initiative, check out the YLS page on our site.
The Hartford has come out to the United Way offices several times to help out with many ongoing projects United Way is working on. This November, a group of 6 volunteers arrived right after work to help us finish labeling books we purchased with a grant from the 50 Fund to provide books to 900 children in our area.
We work closely with community partners on a number of Education, Financial Stability, and Health initiatives and programs. To make them successful we need community members to help out! Check out our Volunteer Center here to learn more about volunteer projects in your community.
We are still recruiting volunteers for The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program! VITA helps bring back millions of dollars to working families in our community by providing free tax assistance for low and moderate income households. Last year, the Coalition for Working Families helped keep more than $4 million in the pockets of residents through the VITA program. This success is only possible through a dedicated volunteer base. In 2014, the Coalition for Working Families trained and certified nearly 160 volunteers and surpassed all tax season expectations, but still fell short serving all the Sacramento families that needed VITA services. We simply need more volunteers. Please tell your friends, neighbors, family members, and co-workers that we need them to volunteer, too! No prior experience is necessary. Learn more and sign up here.
Visit our Volunteer Center for many more opportunities to give back to your community.