Press Releases

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Tickets on Sale for Brews & Brains Trivia Fundraiser

SACRAMENTO (September 10, 2021) – Local residents can enjoy independent craft brews and trivia in an urban Biergarten at United Way’s 7th annual Brews and Brains fundraiser on Oct. 14, hosted by United Way’s Young Leaders Society and sponsored by Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Tickets are on sale for the outdoor event at SacYard Community Tap House that also will include a raffle, commemorative pint glass, food and entertainment to raise funds for United Way’s work to create digital equity across the region. Tickets are expected to sell out.

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Woodland Resident to Help Lead Local United Way

SACRAMENTO (August 31, 2021) – Ruth Miller of Woodland will help lead United Way California Capital Region into its 100th anniversary year as vice chair of the local nonprofit’s board of directors. Miller was elected to the position in July.

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School Supplies Needed to Help Twin Rivers Public Housing Students

SACRAMENTO (August 11, 2021) – Local residents can help students in the Twin Rivers Public Housing Community, formerly known as Dos Rios, return to school this month equipped and empowered to succeed by purchasing school supplies from the Amazon wishlist set up by United Way California Capital Region and Urban Strategies, Inc. From scissors and calculators to paper and pens, supplies are needed by Aug. 27 and can be purchased by visiting YourLocalUnitedWay.org.

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United Way Launches Digital Equity Partnership

SACRAMENTO (July 21, 2021) – In a press conference today, United Way California Capital Region launched its three-year digital equity partnership with the City of Sacramento, SMUD, City of Rancho Cordova and community nonprofits to close the local digital divide – unequal technology and internet access – that has expanded during the pandemic. Building on its pilot project with the City of Sacramento in fall 2020, United Way and its partners are working to address the issue of digital equity long-term both inside and beyond the city limits.

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More than 700 First-Graders Participate in Woodland Kids Read

SACRAMENTO (May 21, 2021) – First-grade classrooms across Woodland tuned into Zoom on Tuesday to watch local children’s author Sandy Holman read her book, “We All Have Heritage,” as part of United Way California Capital Region’s annual Woodland Kids Read event. Holman, affectionally known to local children as the Purple Lady, has participated in the event since its founding five years ago. This year, she shared her presentation about love, diversity, education and living your dreams with 726 first-graders. Each child received a hardcover version of Holman’s book to bring home.

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United Way to Honor Yolo Community Partners in Virtual Woodland Awards Showcase

SACRAMENTO (April 20, 2021) – United Way California Capital Region will hold a virtual showcase on April 22 to honor its Yolo County partners that are working to increase the number of Woodland students that graduate from high school prepared for success in college and career through United Way’s Square One Project. Yolo County Office of Education will receive the Outstanding Community Partner award. Sandy Holman with the Culture C.O.-O.P. will receive the Outstanding Community Leader award, and Ullrich Delevati, CPAs, will receive the Outstanding Corporate Partner award.

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New United Way Literacy Program has Local Kids Reaching for the STARS

SACRAMENTO (April 9, 2021) – United Way California Capital Region is launching a new literacy effort called STARS that pairs volunteers online with local kids learning to read. With the recent launch of the program, United Way California Capital Region will be raising funds for STARS on May 6, Big Day of Giving. Local residents are invited to participate by donating at various giving levels and sharing photos of themselves reading on social media.

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Virtual Free Tax Prep Program Shifts Due to Rise in Demand, Extended Deadline

SACRAMENTO (3/29/21) – United Way California Capital Region is shifting its free tax help program from virtual one-on-one assistance to virtual group assistance and a do-it-yourself option, due to a rise in demand and the new filing deadline of May 17. Eligible households can now visit YourFreeTaxPrep.org to file their taxes online for free by themselves or to sign up for a free April 10 Zoom webinar where United Way’s IRS-certified volunteers will assist the group in filing their taxes online.

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Local United Way CEO to Step Down for Position at Seattle Foundation

SACRAMENTO (3/26/21) – Stephanie McLemore Bray, president and CEO of United Way California Capital Region, will leave her position in mid-April as she transitions to her new role as chief engagement officer for Seattle Foundation in May. Amber Lovett, chief resource development and marketing officer at United Way California Capital Region, will transition to interim president and CEO on April 1 while the organization undergoes a nationwide search.

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3-Day Virtual Event Brings Women Together

SACRAMENTO (3/9/21) – United Way California Capital Region’s Women United action group is inviting community members to its three-day virtual event during Women’s History Month to raise awareness of the needs of local foster youth and to celebrate the local women who are making a difference for foster youth in the community.

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First Wave of Community Funding from Mackenzie Scott Donation Announced

SACRAMENTO (2/9/21) – United Way California Capital Region has approved a first wave of funding totaling $500,000 from the $10 million gift received in December from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. The first wave of funding will help individuals and families in the region gain social and financial capital, support United Way’s digital equity work across the capital region, empower Sacramento residents to have a voice in a local redevelopment project and provide COVID-19 relief funding in Yolo County.

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Free Tax Help Available Virtually Across Sacramento Region

SACRAMENTO (1/25/21) – Households throughout the Sacramento region are eligible for free virtual help preparing taxes and claiming credits this year, saving an average of $200 in preparer fees and earning up to $8,000 in credits. More households are eligible to participate in United Way California Capital Region’s Free Tax Prep program this year, including those earning $65,000 or less in 2020.

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Philanthropist Mackenzie Scott Donates $10M to United Way California Capital Region

SACRAMENTO (12/15/20) – MacKenzie Scott announced today that she has made a donation to United Way California Capital Region. The philanthropist chose the local United Way chapter to receive a $10 million gift because of the group’s work to fill basic needs while also addressing long-term systemic inequities that have deepened during the pandemic.

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Shine Your Light: United Way Asks Capital Region To Brighten Communities This Holiday Season Through Giving And Volunteering

SACRAMENTO (11/18/20) – At the end of a year that has been dark for many communities across the country, United Way California Capital Region is asking residents across the region to join its Shine Your Light holiday campaign, which includes opportunities for community giving and volunteering during the holiday season. Visit YourLocalUnitedWay.org/Holiday-Giving.

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Woodland Resident Elected to Board of Directors

SACRAMENTO (10/15/20) – Mark Ullrich of Woodland has been elected to United Way California Capital Region’s board of directors. Ullrich runs accounting firm Ullrich Delevati, CPAs, in Woodland and West Sacramento and served on United Way’s Woodland Merger Committee as Woodland United Way and United Way California Capital Region explored and completed their merger last year. He currently serves on United Way’s Woodland Community Advisory Committee.

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Two Placer Residents Elected to Board of Directors

SACRAMENTO (10/15/20) – Michael Simonds of Granite Bay and Brad Freeburg of Rocklin have been elected to United Way California Capital Region’s board of directors. Simonds is middle market business development director at Nationwide. Freeburg is director of package operations for UPS North California district.

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United Way’s Young Leaders Society Launches Remix Virtual Speaker Series

SACRAMENTO (9/29/20) – United Way’s Young Leaders Society is hosting a virtual speaker series this fall to meet the most pressing work-related and mental health needs of young professionals during the pandemic. The REMIX speaker series will launch on Oct. 6 with a free virtual presentation by Celeste Sekigahama of the Yoga Seed and will be followed by a free virtual presentation on Oct. 27 by Nihal Satyadev, MPH, founder of The Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s. The series will culminate on Nov.