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Back-to-school time was always bittersweet for me. My daughters are in college now, but I remember how it felt to drop them off on the first day of school. Each new school year was an opportunity for them to learn and grow. Central to their academic achievement was, and still is, the commitment that schools make to provide all kids with the quality education they need to reach and even exceed milestones on the path to high school graduation and beyond. However, for far too many from low-income families, success in school is a struggle.
More Than Just Free Meals
Nurse Scholars teach kids about nutrition and wellness at free summer meal program sites.
United Way’s Summer Meals Program provides free and nutritious meals for children who may otherwise not have access during the summer months when they are out of school. This year, we have continued a partnership with Samuel Merritt University and their Nurse Scholars for a second summer. This partnership is also made possible with the support of UC Cooperative Extension and 2-1-1 Sacramento.
Its Never too Early to Start Saving
Setting the expectation to achieve higher education starting as early as kindergarten
Say hello to the future graduating class of 2030! These kids pictured here from Robla, Taylor Street, and Bell Avenue Elementary Schools featured just opened college savings accounts through K2C.
A recent study of Millennials by Campbell Rinker, a market research firm, told us what we at United Way have known for some time: that those born from 1982 to 2000, are more engaged in philanthropy than anyone believed.
Bill Kessler is an AARP Experience Corp volunteer through United Way California Capital Region. After volunteering with the group for two years, he has been recognized as the first Volunteer of the Month. He grins, eyes lighting up, excited to begin, and he warns me that once he starts, he just can’t stop. While he had a full head of silver hair, something about him reminds me of a kid that was about to make a new friend on the playground.
See if you qualify for valuable state and federal tax credits by using one of these two FREE tax return filing services before Tuesday, April 17, this year’s tax filing deadline.
- In person at a Sacramento area tax preparation site (if your household income was $54K or less in 2017). See tax preparation site locations and dates listed below.
- Online at MyFreeTaxes.com (if your household income was $66K or less in 2017). The website sponsored by United Way and powered by H&R Block software saves users an average of $200 in tax preparation fees. All you need is a valid email address, your adjusted gross income (AGI) from the previous year, and your income forms such as a W2, 1099, 1098, etc.
To schedule your free tax preparation appointment, call 2-1-1 (for Sacramento county residents only) or (916) 498-1000 or visit www.freetaxhelp.us. If there is a specific phone number listed with a site below, please call that number directly to schedule an appointment.
Learn about becoming a volunteer literacy tutor and see how you can help kids succeed in school. We are looking for volunteers age 50+ to help local schools turn their struggling students into successful, confident readers. With approximately 2 days per week, 2-3 hours per day, you can make a lasting impact in a child’s life.
To learn more about how you can get involved in the Experience Corps program, click here.
Students from the Robla District thank United Way for their support
Hear how your donations and time have a postive impact
To learn more about the Square One Project and to see how you can get involved, click here.
Introducing the Square One Project
Find out what it is and how you can join us in changing our region.
We’ve kicked off our most ambitious project in our 90-year-history – a new approach to ending poverty and equipping schools with the resources to be a ground-level force for children’s success.