United Way collects more than 47,000 toilet paper rolls for local nonprofits


The greater Sacramento community rolled out the white carpet for local nonprofits, donating more than 47,000 rolls of toilet paper to help more than 100 nonprofits offset costs for this important staple and allocate more dollars toward programs. The 2nd Annual LIVE UNITED Toilet Paper Drive sponsored by AT&T raised 12,000 more rolls than last year’s inaugural drive.

“When donors research a nonprofit’s numbers—tax dollars saved, money raised and lives changed—they rarely look at an organization’s toilet paper budget,” said Steve Heath, president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “Yet this necessary staple costs local nonprofits thousands of dollars each year that they could be spending on programs. We all owe a big thank you to local residents and our community’s generous business partners for making the 2nd Annual LIVE UNITED Toilet Paper Drive a profound success.”

The drive was held on June 18 at Cal Expo and The Golden 1 Credit Union Operations Center in Sacramento. Hundreds of local residents dropped off toilet paper as Fox40 and Hot 103.5 FM broadcast live from the event, and the Sacramento Kings’ Slamson and two dancers paid a visit.

Twelve companies held pre-events and donated more than 1,000 rolls of toilet paper each. The Golden 1 Credit Union donated the most toilet paper at 15,989 rolls, and Intel’s Sacramento site was second at 7,314. Dozens of Allied/Nationwide employees brought over 3,306 rolls, and UPS delivered 1,645 rolls in a truck. Other companies to hit 1,000 included State Street, Schools Insurance Authority, USA Properties, Kemper, A Unitrin Business, CSAC Excess Insurance Authority, Bank of America, Genworth and Campbell’s Soup.

The rolls were distributed at Foodlink the following week to many of United Way’s 142 certified partners in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties. United Way’s Emerging Leaders group also made deliveries to Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento and Kiwanis Family House.

Woodland United Way and United Way of Stanislaus also held toilet paper drives on June 18.

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.