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Standing United for Inclusion and Equity
United Way California Capital Region Statement on Racism and Injustice

People across the country are expressing their outrage for the killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and too many more.

Our United Way shares these feelings of sadness and outrage toward racial violence and injustice in our country. We are also asking ourselves how we can make a difference during this difficult time. If we are committed to building stronger, healthier, and more compassionate communities, then we must channel our justifiable outrage to collaborative action. 

We must stand united for justice. 

We are living in difficult and uncertain times. Many of us are still coping with the challenges of a “new normal” during a pandemic that has further exposed racism and inequality in this country.

When I reflect on the great work our United Way has done in our community, I know that we can work together toward a more equitable country that we can be proud to leave for future generations. I also know that we have a long way to go to dismantle the systems and structures that contribute to the vast inequities we experience as a nation and as a region. The cost of the health and well-being of those communities that have the least and struggle the most is both incalculable and unacceptable.

Our greatest strength at United Way California Capital Region is our ability to work collaboratively with the entire community– from local elected leaders to school districts, parents, families, volunteers, and donors– to address the region’s most pressing needs. We aim to achieve sustainable change that will help move families from crisis to thriving and to ensure a more just and equitable region. 

Let’s take this work on together. 

-Stephanie R. M. Bray
President & CEO
United Way California Capital Region

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Feedback Needed from Sacramento County Residents
How should Sacramento County spend COVID-19 relief funds?

The County of Sacramento has received $180 Million to spend specifically on COVID-19 recovery by December 31, 2020. However, Sacramento residents were not given an opportunity to express how they would choose to allocate this money.

Please complete this short survey by June 15th.
Your responses will be shared with County Executive Nav Gil & the Board of Supervisors. We will also invite you to advocate with United Way to ensure survey results are incorporated in the spending of COVID-19 funds. 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
UWCCR COVID-19 Local Relief Fund

Who did the funds from the UWCCR COVID-19 Local Relief Fund support?

UWCCR partnered with local nonprofits in our five-county service area who worked with low-income households in their geographic areas to help alleviate issues brought on by the COVID-19 health crisis. Funds were provided to those whose level of need has been amplified by the COVID-19 health crisis. Nonprofit partners identified and qualified affected low-income households to receive funds. Once a family was approved, they were given access to Family Independence Initiative (FII) UpTogether online platform.

What  type of hardships qualified for assistance?

  • Unpaid leave due to the shelter-in-place directive
  • ​Care of a vulnerable or infected relative
  • Loss of wages due to involuntary cancellation of work (i.e. gig workers, restaurant workers, etc.)
  • ​Unpaid leave due to school and/or daycare closure

How did affected people apply for help?

UWCCR worked with nonprofit community partners in our five-county service area who identified and qualified affected low-income households experiencing the hardships listed above to receive the one-time $500 allocation. 11 nonprofit partners for Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties were selected. 

  • 3 Strands Global Foundation (El Dorado)
  • Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency (Amador)
  • Black Child Legacy Campaign Neighborhood Centers (Sacramento)
  • Birth and Beyond (Sacramento)
  • Empower Yolo (Yolo)
  • International Rescue Committee (Sacramento) 
  • Kids First (Placer)
  • Lighthouse Community Counseling (Placer)
  • Opening Doors (Sacramento)
  • RISE Inc. (Yolo)
  • Yolo County Children’s Alliance (Yolo)

2-1-1 Can Help: We know households who are not connected to these nonprofit partners still need assistance. Sacramento County’s help line, 2-1-1, is ready to work with you and connect you to resources during this difficult time. Please call 2-1-1, press 2 for “COVID-19 Assistance” and an associate will walk you through solutions that fit your unique circumstance. 

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United Way Response to COVID-19 Health Crisis
How We're Responding and Helping

United Way California Capital Region (UWCCR) is responding to the Coronavirus COVID-19 health crisis in a variety of ways to ensure the health and safety of our staff and community programs. Below is an update of how we’ve been able to ensure continuity of operations and vital community programs as well as the announcement of our UWCCR COVID-19 Local Relief Fund. 

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Tax Deadline Extension Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person free tax prep events are currently cancelled. Get online assistance at GetYourRefund.org.

The decision to close our in-person sites was based on California Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement that residents isolate themselves, as well as the CDC’s recommendation to cancel any gatherings. On March 16, the White House took that step further by encouraging Americans to avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.

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United Way COVID-19 Local Relief Fund
Provided Essential Resources to Low-Income Families

As the nation responds to the coronavirus COVID-19 health crisis, United Way California Capital Region (UWCCR) created the United Way California Capital Region (UWCCR) COVID-19 Local Relief Fund to provide essential resources for low-income households whose lives had been disrupted by the outbreak.

UWCCR partnered with local nonprofits who worked with low-income households in their geographic areas to help alleviate issues brought on by the COVID-19 health crisis. Funds were provided to those whose level of need has been amplified by the COVID-19 health crisis. Nonprofit partners were selected in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo Counties. The fund is winding down as of June 30, 2020 and to date we have provided 1,050 families with a $500 one-time distribution.  

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The results are in: Three years of United Way’s Square One Project
Chronic absenteeism down, grade level reading up

View Annual Report

Three years after United Way California Capital Region launched its Square One Project, more students at its partner Robla School District are attending school consistently and improving their reading. These are key indicators of success toward the project’s 20-year goal to decrease poverty in the region by increasing the number of kids graduating from high school ready for success in college or career. 

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United Way receives $10,000 Bayer Fund Grant For Woodland KinderCamp Program

Bayer Fund has awarded a $10,000 grant to Woodland United Way to support KinderCamp, a free summer program for incoming kindergarteners in Woodland who have not had the opportunity to attend preschool. Bayer Woodland employees nominated United Way for the grant from Bayer Fund, the philanthropic arm of Bayer that is focused on strengthening the communities where Bayer customers and employees live and work by providing funding for food and nutrition, education and community development projects.

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United Way California Capital Region Merges with Woodland United Way
Merger will increase community impact throughout the region

After a year of exploration, community meetings and preparation, Woodland United Way and United Way California Capital Region have officially merged.
 
The new organization operates under the United Way California Capital Region name. Both groups’ boards of directors unanimously approved the merger earlier this month. The merged United Way California Capital Region maintains offices in Woodland and Sacramento. Woodland United Way executive director Lori Ross is now a staff member at United Way California Capital Region directing its Yolo County programs from the Woodland office.    

“Our organizations have a long history of collaboration and shared common goals. We approached United Way California Capital Region nearly a year ago to discuss a potential merger as a way to enhance our ability to serve our community,” said Mike Jansen, board chair, Woodland United Way. “Together, as one local United Way we are stronger and better equipped to improve the lives of residents throughout our region.”

“We are thrilled that our longtime partnership with Woodland United Way takes on an even stronger form today,” said Stephanie Bray, president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “This merger ensures we are using our resources wisely and efficiently as we work to increase the number of kids across our region who graduate from high school ready for success in college or career.”

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Stephanie Bray Bio
President & CEO, United Way California Capital Region

Stephanie Bray is a nonprofit professional with more than 25 years of experience in fund development and volunteer management for local, regional and national organizations. Prior to joining United Way, she served as executive director of the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, a supporting organization for San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.