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Press Kit

We are grateful for our media partners and the important work they do to spread the word about needs in our community and how people can get involved. We have created an online press kit, but if you are a reporter and have additional questions, please contact our media relations consultant, Kristin Thébaud Communications, at (530) 204-7266 or kthebaud@comcast.net.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
UWCCR COVID-19 Local Relief Fund

Who will the funds from the UWCCR COVID-19 Local Relief Fund support?

UWCCR will partner with local nonprofits in our five-county service area who will work with low-income households in their geographic areas to help alleviate issues brought on by the COVID-19 health crisis. Funds will be provided to those whose level of need has been amplified by the COVID-19 health crisis. Nonprofit partners will identify and qualify affected low-income households to receive funds. Once a family is approved, they will be given access to Family Independence Initiative (FII) UpTogether online platform.

What  type of hardships qualify for assistance?

  • Unpaid leave due to the shelter-in-place directive
  • ​Care of a vulnerable or infected relative
  • Loss of wages due to involuntary cancellation of work (i.e. gig workers, restaurant workers, etc.)
  • ​Unpaid leave due to school and/or daycare closure

How do affected people apply for help?

UWCCR will work with nonprofit community partners in our five-county service area to help us identify and qualify affected low-income households experiencing the hardships listed above to receive the one-time $500 allocation. We are still recruiting nonprofit partners in our other four counties, but have selected the following as our Sacramento County nonprofit partners: 

  • Black Child Legacy Campaign Neighborhood Centers
  • Birth and Beyond
  • International Rescue Committee 
  • Opening Doors

2-1-1 Can Help: We know households who are not connected to these nonprofit partners still need assistance. Sacramento County’s help line, 2-1-1, is ready to work with you and connect you to resources during this difficult time. Please call 2-1-1, press 2 for “COVID-19 Assistance” and an associate will walk you through solutions that fit your unique circumstance. 

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United Way Response to COVID-19 Health Crisis
How We're Responding and Helping

United Way California Capital Region (UWCCR) is responding to the Coronavirus COVID-19 health crisis in a variety of ways to ensure the health and safety of our staff and community programs. Below is an update of how we’ve been able to ensure continuity of operations and vital community programs as well as the announcement of our UWCCR COVID-19 Local Relief Fund. 

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Tax Deadline Extension Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all free tax prep events through April 15 are canceled.

This decision is based on California Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement this weekend that residents 65 and older isolate themselves, as well as the CDC’s recommendation to cancel any gatherings of 50 or more people. On March 16, the White House took that step further by encouraging Americans to avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.

Of particular importance to us is to protect those individuals most vulnerable and limit the spread of the virus.

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United Way COVID-19 Local Relief Fund
Providing Essential Resources to Low-Income Families

As the nation responds to the coronavirus COVID-19 health crisis, United Way California Capital Region (UWCCR) has announced the creation of the United Way California Capital Region (UWCCR) COVID-19 Local Relief Fund to provide essential resources for low-income households whose lives have been disrupted by the outbreak.

UWCCR will partner with local nonprofits who will work with low-income households in their geographic areas to help alleviate issues brought on by the COVID-19 health crisis. Funds will be provided to those whose level of need has been amplified by the COVID-19 health crisis. Nonprofit partners will identify and qualify affected low-income households to receive funds. Once a family is approved, they will be given access to Family Independence Initiative (FII) UpTogether online platform.

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18-19 United Way Annual Report Cover

The results are in: Three years of United Way’s Square One Project
Chronic absenteeism down, grade level reading up

View Annual Report

Three years after United Way California Capital Region launched its Square One Project, more students at its partner Robla School District are attending school consistently and improving their reading. These are key indicators of success toward the project’s 20-year goal to decrease poverty in the region by increasing the number of kids graduating from high school ready for success in college or career. 

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Woodland Bayer Grant Presentation

United Way receives $10,000 Bayer Fund Grant For Woodland KinderCamp Program

Bayer Fund has awarded a $10,000 grant to Woodland United Way to support KinderCamp, a free summer program for incoming kindergarteners in Woodland who have not had the opportunity to attend preschool. Bayer Woodland employees nominated United Way for the grant from Bayer Fund, the philanthropic arm of Bayer that is focused on strengthening the communities where Bayer customers and employees live and work by providing funding for food and nutrition, education and community development projects.

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United Way California Capital Region Merges with Woodland United Way
Merger will increase community impact throughout the region

After a year of exploration, community meetings and preparation, Woodland United Way and United Way California Capital Region have officially merged.
 
The new organization operates under the United Way California Capital Region name. Both groups’ boards of directors unanimously approved the merger earlier this month. The merged United Way California Capital Region maintains offices in Woodland and Sacramento. Woodland United Way executive director Lori Ross is now a staff member at United Way California Capital Region directing its Yolo County programs from the Woodland office.    

“Our organizations have a long history of collaboration and shared common goals. We approached United Way California Capital Region nearly a year ago to discuss a potential merger as a way to enhance our ability to serve our community,” said Mike Jansen, board chair, Woodland United Way. “Together, as one local United Way we are stronger and better equipped to improve the lives of residents throughout our region.”

“We are thrilled that our longtime partnership with Woodland United Way takes on an even stronger form today,” said Stephanie Bray, president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “This merger ensures we are using our resources wisely and efficiently as we work to increase the number of kids across our region who graduate from high school ready for success in college or career.”

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Stephanie Bray Bio
President & CEO, United Way California Capital Region

Stephanie Bray is a nonprofit professional with more than 25 years of experience in fund development and volunteer management for local, regional and national organizations. Prior to joining United Way, she served as executive director of the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, a supporting organization for San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.