KCRA 3’s Generosity Isn’t News To Us

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Congratulations to our first Corporate Community Champion of 2023, KCRA 3 News! KCRA 3 News has been a long-time supporter of the Sacramento community and now a first-time supporter of United Way California Capital Region.

In 2022 they put on their first ever employee giving campaign, raising over $5,000 for local nonprofits!

They also hosted a nonprofit fair every Wednesday in October, inviting eight agencies to their studio to share about their important work in the community. Invited nonprofits included ShepHereos, Sacramento SPCA, Stanford Sierra Youth & Families, and the Sacramento Food Bank.

KCRA’s parent company, Hearst Media, has been a long time supporter of United Way’s across the country. This year, they raised millions of dollars for United Way and local nonprofits!

During the pandemic, Hearst Media donated a million dollars to both United Way Worldwide and the American Red Cross to assist with relief efforts across the country, while also launched a one million dollar matched giving fund to help United Way’s Covid-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund.

Thank you, KCRA, for your tremendous support to help end poverty for families in the California Capital Region!

Health [Net] Is Wealth

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Congratulations to our December 2022 Corporate Community Champion, Health Net!

Health Net holds a special United Way workplace campaign in which all employee giving goes directly to local United Ways. They also provide a generous corporate gift to United Ways which is put right back into the community.

Health Net employees are all willing to volunteer and spend hundreds of hours out in the community each year.

They are a sponsor of our Women United Luncheon every year and is also the Holiday Reception sponsor this year.

Jessica Sellner, Vice President of Finance, California Market, is a valued member of our Board of Directors and is also on our Finance Committee.

We value Health Net and our partnership so much that they were awarded the Cornerstone Award at the 2021 United Way Holiday Reception.

Thank you, Health Net, for being an excellent model of what it means to create lasting community change!

We’re Banking on F&M Bank

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Shoutout to our November 2022 Corporate Community Champion, F&M Bank, who has been a fixture of the Sacramento community for over 100 years!

F&M Bank has been a strong partner of ours for 16+ years, raising over $220,000 through their employee giving campaign to help us end poverty in the Capital Region.

Since 2010, F&M Bank and their staff have supported over 250 nonprofits by:

  • Accumulating over 30,000 volunteer hours
  • Donating more than $2 million
  • Making over $60 million in investments
  • Contributing more than $330 million in community development loans

Nationwide Is On Our Side

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Special thanks to our October 2022 Corporate Community Champion, Nationwide, who has been a valued partner of ours for more than 20 years!

Nationwide is always a top workplace giving campaign and raises over $100,000 every year for our local community, raising more than $2 million dollars over the last 10 years!

Nationwide employees are avid volunteers in the community and have volunteered at nonprofits such as the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services and Make-A-Wish.

Michael Simonds, Business Development Director, is a current United Way Board of Directors member and serves on the Finance & Administration Committee.

Nationwide has always been a proud sponsor of our Women United Luncheon and they have not missed the event in 10 years. Rocio Cepeda-Espinoza and Jessica Guana Salutan are both on our Women United Council and have given their time and dollars for multiple years to help the local foster youth!

SAFE To Say We’re In Good Hands

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September 2022 Corporate Community Champion

Shoutout to our September ’22 Corporate Community Champion, SAFE Credit Union, who has been an important pillar in the community and supporter of United Way since 2002!

SAFE Credit Union stays true to their founding philosophy of people helping people as we can always count on their support. Their company focus is on supporting local health and education, which aligns with our mission to end poverty and create stronger, healthier and more compassionate communities.

As a founding partner of our Kindergarten 2 College program, SAFE Credit Union knows how critical it is for children to start saving for college. Those with any amount of savings in an account are four times more likely to graduate from college.

They have also been an incredible partner and have sponsored so many of our events, such as Women United (WU) Luncheon, Young Leaders Society (YLS)Brews & Brains, YLS Remix and Day of Caring.

Eric Grabin, Business Development Manager with SAFE Credit Union, has served on our YLS Council since 2018. In 2021, he served as the chair and is also one of our newest United Way Board of Directors members.

Amanda Merz, Community Impact Manager, has been a Women United supporter since 2017 and joined as a member in 2022 at the 20th Anniversary Luncheon.

Thank you, SAFE Credit Union, for your inspiring work in the community!

Stay Golden

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August 2022 Corporate Community Champion

Golden 1 Credit Union has been an important pillar of our community and a supporter of ours for the past 25 years raising nearly $1,100,000 for our community!

Golden 1 Credit Union employees generously volunteer their time and are committed to strengthening financial well-being and increasing education opportunities.

In addition to their impressive workplace campaign, Golden 1 Credit Union has generously sponsored every type of United Way event from Women United Luncheons to the Our Promise Kick-Off. Golden 1 also awards grants to help former foster youth navigate the road to self-sufficiency.

We are also able to participate in Golden 1 Credit Union’s health fairs to provide information and ways employees can get involved.

We are so grateful for our partner organizations who are so committed to helping end poverty for families in the California Capital Region. Thank you, Golden 1 Credit Union!

What Would Woodland Do

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July 2022 Corporate Community Champion

The City of Woodland has been a strong supporter of United Way for more than 20 years, raising over $200,000 for the community! 

Chief of Police, Derrek Kaff, has shown his support for United Way by serving on the United Way Board of Directors and currently as a member of our Yolo County Community Advisory Committee. Chief Kaff can be found volunteering in the community along with fellow police officers, firefighters, and city council members at our Kindercamp Kids Farmers Markets and annual Woodland Kids Read event. 

Rosie Ledesma, Environmental Resources Analyst, graciously coordinates the city-wide annual employee giving campaign, ensuring all employees have the opportunity to donate to the non-profit of their choice. 

Woodland has allocated Measure J funding to our Kindercamp program to ensure more children are prepared to enter kindergarten. The Woodland Public Library has also helped us distribute over 40,000 books to local children!

Costco Supports in Bulk

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June 2022 Corporate Community Champion

Costco and their 11 local warehouses and distribution centers have been an important pillar of the community and supporter of United Way in the last 12 years, raising over $1.8 million in support of the California Capital Region!

Costco continues to give back to local schools through their Backpack Program, which has provided over seven million backpacks to students across the world since 1997.

Costco also provides ample opportunities for employees to participate in bettering the community. In addition to donating dollars, employees also give their time through the Volunteer Reading Program where they tutor children who are below grade level in school.

Thank you, Costco!

Ullrich Delevati Delivers

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May 2022 Corporate Community Champion

Ullrich Delevati has been an important corporate partner of ours for many years and has raised over $22,000 through their annual employee giving campaign in just the last three years!

Ullrich Delevati understands the wellbeing of the communities where we live and work is invaluable to the greater good.

The partners, principal and staff have a long and varied history of service to the community. They lead by example and support the causes they are passionate about, serving on boards and committees, participating in fundraisers and donating their time and personal financial support.

Currently, Mark Ullrich, Ullrich Delevati founder and managing partner, generously gives his time to United Way serving on both the Board of Directors and Resource Development Committee.

Ullrich Delevati is also again generously sponsoring our Annual Golf Classic tournament.

Target Doesn’t Miss the Mark

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April 2022 Corporate Community Champion

Congratulations to Target for being selected as our April 2022 Corporate Community Champion!

Target has been an important and significant corporate partner for over 13 years.

In those years, Target employees have donated over 1.1 million dollars, to help organizations throughout the community!

United Way proudly helps connect 22 local Target stores and Distribution Centers with nonprofit organizations in their community. These stores have also given back hundreds of hours of service to the community through their Target Regional Days of Service Program.

Between 2019-2021, Target employees nationwide donated over 10 million dollars to their local communities, almost $200,000 of that was by our local Target stores!

During the Holiday season, Target stores participated in their annual Great Giftogether, which provides comfort and joy to families in their communities. Store employees shopped for, wrapped and delivered gifts to nonprofit partners that were helping to spread holiday cheer.

Thank you, Target, for setting a solid example of what it means to Live United and build stronger, healthier, more compassionate communities. You are an inspiration!