United Way exploring merger of Woodland and California Capital Region organizations
Merger would increase community impact throughout the region
Woodland United Way and United Way California Capital Region (UWCCR) announced today that they are exploring a potential merger between the two organizations.
Serving Woodland and the surrounding rural communities, Woodland United Way was founded in 1968 and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for their residents. Governed by a nine-member board, the agency provides funding and resources to local programs that support education, children and healthy families.
“A merger would strengthen the current capacity of Woodland United Way and ensure we can continue fulfilling our mission and advancing the common good for our communities.” said Lori Ross, executive director, Woodland United Way.
UWCCR was founded in 1923 and is governed by a 22-member board. In 2016, UWCCR launched the Square One Project, a 20-year commitment to ending poverty in the region by significantly increasing the number of students who graduate from high school, ready for college or career.
“We have collaborated with Woodland United Way for many years and share common goals as we are both dedicated to improving the overall health and well-being of our communities,” said Stephanie Bray, CEO, UWCCR.
A joint committee comprised of board members from both organizations, as well as senior staff, will meet throughout the next six months to explore the potential merger. Ruth Miller, long time United Way supporter is a past Woodland United Way board member, current UWCCR board member and is part of the joint committee.
“Our region and our residents would greatly benefit by combining the experience, expertise, and resources of both organizations,” said Miller.
The joint committee will provide updates on its progress and invite the public to leave their comments below.