100 Years of Service

More than 1 in 6 children in Sacramento live in poverty, and Yolo County is now the most impoverished county in California.

Public Policy Institute of California

For 100 years, United Way California Capital Region has brought people together to build stronger, healthier and more compassionate communities. Since 1923, our local United Way has raised more than $500 million to fight poverty in the region and help families succeed.

As we celebrate this momentous milestone, we have found one place in each community where we can reach the most families in need – school.

School is Square One for ending family poverty because education is the great equalizer. It opens the door to jobs, resources and skills that help people not just survive, but thrive.

Our Square One approach provides a continuum of services aimed at ending poverty for local families, starting with education. From providing books to preschoolers for their own home library and kindergarten readiness for those who didn’t have the opportunity to attend preschool to a reading tutoring program for grade-schoolers and helping emancipated foster youth with financial literacy and support, your local United Way is dedicated to improving the opportunities for under-resourced children to ensure they have the educational foundation to succeed as adults.

Invest in our Next 100 Years

Help us reach our goal of raising $3 million to help 10,000 Kids Excel in School by 2025!

Make your gift today & help us in our 100 Year Anniversary Goal of helping 10,000 local kids excel in school by 2025.

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Donovhan worked one-on-one with a trusted tutor to help with his reading skills. With weekly tutoring sessions, he advanced two reading levels and is now reading at grade-level thanks to United Way’s STARS program – a tutoring program that help keeps kids on track.