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United Way Expands Guaranteed Basic Income Program With Funds From City Of Sacramento
United Way’s Direct Investment Program grows from 100 to 180 families

SACRAMENTO (June 2022) – The Sacramento City Council recently approved an allocation of $750,000 in funding from its American Rescue Plan dollars to expand United Way California Capital Region’s guaranteed basic income program. The additional funding will expand the number of families served from 100 to 180, providing 80 new families with $500 in unconditional guaranteed income every month for one year. United Way’s current program is providing 100 families with $300 a month for two years.

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Partnering with United Way, Washington Unified School District Receives $200,000 To Create Community Schools

SACRAMENTO (June 2022) – Washington Unified School District in West Sacramento has received a $200,000 grant through the California Community Schools Partnership Program to launch two full-service community schools as neighborhood hubs that provide access to a variety of services that support children, strengthen families and improve community health. The district will partner with United Way California Capital Region, which has nearly 100 years of experience convening community groups and coordinating services among providers.

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United Way To Hold Children’s Book Drive And Open House In Woodland On Big Day Of Giving

SACRAMENTO (April 2022) – United Way California Capital Region is holding a children’s book drive and community open house at its Woodland office on Big Day of Giving as part of its efforts to raise awareness and funds for its STARS program that provides virtual reading tutoring to local students. The drive and open house will take place 8am-6pm on May 5 at 716 Main Street, Suite B, in Woodland. Light appetizers will be provided. United Way also is requesting financial donations to support the STARS program on Big Day of Giving.

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United Way California Capital Region Hires Chief Counsel Of Public Policy And Advocacy

SACRAMENTO (April 2022) – Carmen-Nicole Cox has been named chief counsel of public policy and advocacy at United Way California Capital Region. In this newly created position, Cox will drive the local United Way’s public policy and governmental affairs work at the federal, state and local levels. She will leverage the nonprofit’s successes, partnerships and staff to develop and execute strategies to expand programming, and she will provide legal counsel and leadership to advance organization priorities. 

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United Way Women’s Action Group To Celebrate 20 Years Helping Local Foster Youth
Tickets on sale for United Way’s 20th Annual Women United Luncheon

SACRAMENTO (February 18, 2022) – United Way California Capital Region’s Women United action group is inviting community members to its 20th anniversary luncheon on March 25 from 11am-1pm at the Croatian American Cultural Center in Sacramento, where influential professional women from across the state will gather to raise awareness and funds to support local foster youth.

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El Dorado County Residents can File Taxes Online for Free Through United Way
Participants across region can receive up to $8,000 in tax credits

SACRAMENTO (February 2, 2022) – El Dorado County residents are eligible to file their taxes online for free through United Way California Capital Region’s Free Tax Prep program through April 18. Households across the region that earned less than $65,000 in 2021 can file for free and receive up to $8,000 cash back from state and federal credits, including the federal and state Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC and CalEITC). The local United Way’s Free Tax Prep program saves qualifying residents an average of $200 in preparer fees.

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Arden and Pocket Residents Receive Awards

SACRAMENTO (December 17, 2021) – Carolyn Mullins of the Pocket area, and Amber Lovett and David Wilson of Arden, were honored by United Way California Capital Region at an evening recognition event held at the California State Railroad Museum earlier this month.

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Granite Bay Residents Receive Awards

SACRAMENTO (December 17, 2021) – David Cable and David Bowen, both of Granite Bay, received the Boje and Price Award for Outstanding Volunteerism from United Way California Capital Region at an evening recognition event held at the California State Railroad Museum in early December.

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United We Shine: 12-Day Giving Campaign Supporting Local Nonprofits

SACRAMENTO (November 24, 2021) – This holiday season, the local United Way is shining a light on its nonprofit partners working to end poverty in the Capital Region. Each day for 12 days starting Nov. 29, United Way’s United We Shine campaign will feature a different nonprofit partner that is working to build equity and end poverty in the region, including a specific need each is facing and how local residents can help. To participate, follow United Way California Capital Region on social media. For more: YourLocalUnitedWay.org/post/United-We-Shine.

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Volunteers Needed to Help Local Families Apply for Tax Refunds

SACRAMENTO (October 21, 2021) – Volunteers are needed to help local families file their taxes and apply for refunds as part of United Way California Capital Region’s Free Tax Prep program that will open again in early 2022. No experience is required, and training is provided through a combination of self-study and online live sessions to become an IRS-certified volunteer with the program. To learn more: YourLocalUnitedWay.org/freetaxprep-volunteer.  

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Dr. Dawnté Early Named New President & CEO

SACRAMENTO (October 8, 2021) – Dr. Dawnté Early has been named president and CEO of United Way California Capital Region. She will begin the position on Nov. 16, leading the local United Way chapter into its 100th anniversary year.

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Volunteers Needed to Help Local Kids Learn to Read

SACRAMENTO (October 1, 2021) – Volunteers are needed to help local kids learn to read through United Way California Capital Region’s STARS program that pairs volunteers and students up through sixth grade for online literacy tutoring so they can succeed in school. No prior tutoring knowledge is needed, as United Way provides training for its volunteers, all of whom commit to at least one hour each week split into two 30-minute sessions for three months. Volunteers are especially needed during the hours of 3-5 pm.

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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.