194 Foster Youth Receive Holiday Gifts And Stockings Through United Way’s Women In Philanthropy
December 9, 2014 – 100 local residents donated 130 stockings and 192 gifts through United Way’s Women in Philanthropy so 194 local foster youth would have holiday wishes fulfilled. Sixty-four foster youth in Sacramento County’s Child Protective Services received the holiday gifts they requested, and the community filled stockings for 130 foster youth with United Way’s financial stability initiative’s $en$e-Ability project partners: Amador-Tuolumne Community Resources, Child Abuse Prevention Council of Sacramento, Koinonia Family Services and New Morning Youth and Family Services.
Dozens of volunteers with United Way’s Women in Philanthropy came together on Dec. 3 to wrap gifts and stuff stockings with Target gift cards, hats, blankets, first aid kits, yearly planners, socks, snacks and personal notes.
“This community really stepped up to ensure that kids in the foster care system don’t feel forgotten during what is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year,” said Ruth Miller, co-chair of United Way’s Women in Philanthropy. “Thank you to everyone who made them feel special as they spend their holidays away from home.”
United Way’s Women in Philanthropy brings local women together to help local foster youth across Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties. A dynamic group of businesswomen, homemakers and community leaders, Women in Philanthropy members are first responders in repairing the financial stability of local foster youth by raising funds for United Way to provide financial literacy courses and matched savings accounts designed specifically for foster youth. Members also hold drives and provide trainings. Women in Philanthropy is part of United Way’s team of nonprofits, businesses, donors, volunteers and community leaders working to meet the community’s greatest needs, give immediate aid and find lasting solutions for future generations in the areas of education, financial stability and health. To become a member, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org/wip.