Volunteers are the heart of United Way
One heart and many hands can make all the difference for communities in need.

Post Stephanie McLemore Bray
December 2019 


The heart of United Way is our volunteers. They help kids who are struggling to read. They provide free tax prep for low-income families. They are the steady hand that guides our Square One Project. They help raise funds to support nonprofit organizations in our region as well as across the state. The hours that volunteers give are priceless.


Every year, our local United Way honors those exemplars of what it means to be in service to others. This year, we celebrate the following partners for the time and talent they give to our United Way.

Our United Way’s Merger Committee is the recipient of our Boje and Price Award. This award, named for longtime volunteers Dick Boje and Sterling Price, is given to those who have demonstrated community leadership by garnering the support of other volunteers to enhance the mission of United Way. We thank merger committee members Mike Jansen, Kris Kristensen, Ruth Miller, George Myers, Carolyn Turpin, Mark Ullrich, and Dave Wilson for their dedication over 18 months to shepherd the Woodland United Way merger to its successful conclusion.

This year’s Cornerstone Award recipient, given to a United Way corporate partner, is Deloitte. The Cornerstone Award is given annually to an organization that achieves outstanding results in its United Way campaign and makes volunteerism and community engagement part of its culture. Deloitte’s commitment to helping raise funds in support of the Square One Project, and their in-kind support through skills-based volunteerism, has positioned our United Way for maximum impact in our region. Deloitte was recognized as a top global corporate leader at United Way Worldwide in 2012. Our United Way is proud to have them in service to the Sacramento region.

We are pleased to honor two members of our Women United Leadership Council with the Women United Member of the Year Award. Rocio Cepeda-Espinoza, staff operations director at Nationwide, and Tracy Sambrano, area manager at Enterprise, have served on the Women United Leadership Council for several years. Together, they have helped coordinate life skills workshops for foster youth aging out of the system, and have helped raise funds for matched savings accounts. They work tirelessly to promote Women United in their respective companies and out in the community. 

Ken Imwinkelried is our Young Leaders Society Member of the Year. The Award is given annually to a YLS member for their exceptional dedication to philanthropy and service. As a member of the YLS Leadership Council, he helps organize activities and events to engage young professionals and raise funds to support our Square One Project. Ken is also a young executive with River City Bank, who wants to give back to his community. 

It is our honor to recognize Ruth Miller with the Frances Wisebart Jacobs Award. This award is given to a community trailblazer who made a significant impact through their gifts of time, talent, treasure, and testimony to United Way California Capital Region. A United Way volunteer and donor for over 30 years, Ruth is a former chair of Woodland United Way Board and is currently on the United Way California Capital Region’s board. Ruth also served on the merger committee and is chair of the Woodland Community Advisory Council for our newly-merged organization. She is a passionate United Way ambassador in her role as an executive at Wraith, Scarlett and Randolph Insurance in Woodland. 
We are inspired every day by the commitment of our volunteers and we hope you are, too.

One heart and many hands can make all the difference for communities in need. Please visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org to learn about how you can lend a hand.