Towels, Toiletries, Luggage Needed For Foster Youth
United Way’s Women in Philanthropy to hold annual spring collection May 16

News Release

April 23, 2013 – United Way’s Women in Philanthropy is seeking luggage, toiletries and towel sets to donate to more than 300 foster youth through Sacramento County’s Emancipation Basket program. The group is collecting the items for its annual Women in Philanthropy Spring Event on May 16, 5:30-7 p.m. at United Way, 10389 Old Placerville Road, Sacramento. The event is open to the community and the towels, luggage and toiletries collected will be added to baskets filled with household supplies for foster youth aging out of the system.

“These are items we all take for granted, but they can make a huge difference in quality of life for foster youth who are getting ready to leave the system and live on their own,” said Ruth Miller, Women in Philanthropy co-chair.

To view the United Way Women in Philanthropy wish list, visit  Items can be ordered and shipped directly to United Way. Community members may also bring items to the Women in Philanthropy Spring Event. Last year, Women in Philanthropy collected more than 305 towel sets, hundreds of toiletry items and more than 65 pieces of luggage. 

United Way’s Women in Philanthropy brings women together to foster the future, preparing foster youth for a successful adulthood. A dynamic group of businesswomen, homemakers and community leaders, Women in Philanthropy members raise funds, hold drives and provide trainings focused on helping foster youth rise to their dreams. The group also is a partner in United Way’s $en$e-Ability project, helping foster youth become financially self-sufficient through financial literacy courses and individual development accounts that provide a matched savings program. For more information, visit

For 90 years, United Way California Capital Region has actively worked to address the community’s most pressing issues, now focusing on innovative solutions related to high school graduation rates, household financial stability and obesity. United Way’s team of nonprofits, businesses, donors and volunteers are working together to provide positive, measurable results on these issues through United Way projects: STAR Readers, $en$e-Ability and Fit Kids. 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