Volunteers Making an Impact


June was a month of partnerships at United Way California Capital Region. Just to name a few, we worked with Zurich Insurance to reach out to local agencies for their Global Community Week. Later in the month we also participated in the annual Toilet Paper Drive, which took place this year through a partnership between Sacramento Loaves & Fishes, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, and California Emergency Foodlink. In addition to these, community partners including UPS, and volunteers with our Young Leaders Society continued to expand their impact in the community.

We work hard to connect volunteers to community organizations where they can make a difference, and it’s rewarding to feel the community’s support for our mission. We’re are proud of our volunteers and want to showcase our recent impact in action. Check out what they have been up to!

Zurich Insurance Global Community Week
Zurich worked with several different agencies this month during their week long commitment to active service in the community.

Zurich Insurance at St. John’s Program for Real Change
The Zurich team showed great enthusiasm on the first day of their Global Community Week. They showed up bright and early to deep clean the kitchens at the new location of St. John’s Program for Real Change and later as they helped prepare dinner for all the clients.

Zurich Insurance at Next Move
The second project was undertaken as enthusiastically as the first. Zurich helped unpack new donations at Next Move (formerly Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Center), and sort them into their proper places in the community donation center. Families in the community can come to the center and pick up much needed kitchen appliances and clothing, no questions asked.

Zurich Insurance at Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Zurich spent another day sprucing up the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. ReStore is run completely by volunteers and sells donated new and gently used home goods to the public at a fraction of the retail price, benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento. These volunteers are a vital part of the process and the day-to-day operations of the store. They priced, sorted, cleaned and interacted with the many clients who visit each day and kept everything running smoothly. Check out their Facebook page for more information.

Zurich Insurance at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.
The final day of Global Community Week took place at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS). The employees from Zurich helped complete a vital step in SFBFS operations by sorting and boxing food for distribution later in the week.

UPS River Clean-up with American River Parkway Foundation
Many members of the preload team from UPS and their family members showed up with eagerness and great attitudes, to help clean up the American River. About 25 total volunteers walked along the trails by the El Manto River Access and managed to collect several full bags of trash.

Annual Community Toilet Paper Drive
During the first year of a partnership between Sacramento Loaves and Fishes, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services and California Emergency Foodlink, the Toilet Paper Drive saw more than 35,000 rolls collected during a 12-hour span, with 18,500 rolls coming from local labor unions. Staff and volunteers came together at Cal Expo to make this day a success! Read more about the event here!

Looking Forward

We work closely with community partners on a number of Education, Financial Stability, and Health initiatives. To make these initiatives successful we need community members to help out! Check out our Volunteer Center here to learn more about our projects in our areas of greatest impact.

Specifically, Health Education Council needs your help! HEC needs volunteers to help with an on-going Garden Maintenance Project on July 23. Create lifelong volunteers and healthy eaters by bringing your family out to this fun and engaging garden project! Sign up here to lend a hand!

Visit our Volunteer Center here for so many more opportunities to give back to your community.