United Way approves merger of Woodland and California Capital Region organizations
Merger will increase community impact throughout the region
After months of exploration and community meetings, Woodland United Way and United Way California Capital Region (UWCCR) announced today that they will merge on July 1, 2019. The new organization will operate under the United Way California Capital Region name.
Both groups’ boards of directors approved the merger in late November after a unanimous recommendation from a committee that included current and former board members, community leaders and staff from both organizations. The merged United Way California Capital Region will maintain offices in Woodland and Sacramento, and Woodland United Way Executive Director Lori Ross will join the staff at UWCCR as area director for Woodland and Yolo County programs and partnerships.
“We are excited about joining our two organizations so we can work seamlessly to create stronger, healthier communities in Woodland and across the region. I’ve dedicated much of my career to improving quality of life in Woodland, and I look forward to continuing that work in my new position as I also focus on Woodland and Yolo County as a whole. I truly believe our residents will be better served.”
- Lori Ross, Woodland United Way Executive Director
Serving Woodland and its rural communities, Woodland United Way was founded in 1968 and provides funding and resources to local programs that support education, children and healthy families. United Way California Capital Region was founded in 1923 and runs the Square One Project, a 20-year commitment to ending poverty in the region by helping students graduate from high school ready for college or career.
“We have collaborated with Woodland United Way for many years and share common goals to improve the overall health and well-being of our communities, especially in the areas of education, children and families. Woodland United Way’s incredible reputation in the community is invaluable, and we are honored to have Lori bring her expertise to our team.
- Stephanie Bray, United Way California Capital Region President and CEO
Ruth Miller, a long-time United Way supporter, Woodland resident, past Woodland United Way board member and current UWCCR board member, was part of the committee that recommended the merger.
“Our region and residents will greatly benefit by combining the experience, expertise and resources of both organizations,” Miller said. “I have seen the incredible work of these two organizations individually, and I look forward to their work together to strengthen families in Woodland and across the California Capital Region.”
For nearly 100 years, United Way California Capital Region has brought local people together to make community change happen. Today, the nonprofit is bringing people together across Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento, Placer and Yolo counties for its Square One Project, a 20-year promise to significantly increase the number of students in our region who graduate from high school ready for success in college and beyond. United Way believes ending generational poverty starts in school and is working to ensure kids meet important milestones and their families receive support and resources.