United Way Collects 161,058 Rolls Of Toilet Paper For Local Nonprofits
Rolls equate to $161K+ that nonprofits save in budgets

News Release

June 20, 2014 – In 12 hours, Cal Expo was filled with 161,058 rolls of toilet paper donated by local residents and companies for United Way California Capital Region’s 6th Annual Toilet Paper Drive on June 12. Since the drive began in 2009, more than 765,000 rolls of toilet paper have been collected for local nonprofits that spend thousands of dollars each year on this household staple.

            “This is about so much more than toilet paper,” said Stephanie McLemore Bray, United Way President and CEO. “Every roll of toilet paper means a nonprofit saves a dollar to spend on vital programs. Five years ago, when we learned there was a need for toilet paper, we did what United Way does best: We brought community members together to meet the need. By collecting 765,000 rolls of toilet paper over the last five years, this community helped local nonprofits invest $765,000 into life-changing programs instead of toilet paper budgets.”

Companies and local residents dropped off toilet paper at Cal Expo from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on June 12 or donated online. The 12-hour event included a live broadcast from media partner FOX40, visits from local mascots including Slamson and Dinger, and large dropoffs of toilet paper by local companies that held their own drives in advance of the event. Top donor Sac-Val Janitorial Supply donated 40,000 rolls of toilet paper. Other top donors included Intel at 25,122 rolls; Enterprise Rent-A-Car at 21,037 rolls; and Nationwide Insurance at 18,900 rolls.

The rolls were distributed June 19 to many of United Way’s 160 certified nonprofit partners in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties.

Partners in United Way’s Toilet Paper Drive included FOX40, Sac-Val Janitorial Supply, Clear Channel Media & Entertainment, Clear Channel Outdoor, The Sacramento Bee, Cal Expo, River City Printers and Senior Gleaners.

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 have formed the Live United Movement 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 www.yourlocalunitedway.org .