Donor Spotlight: Roberta Turner


The work we do at United Way California Capital Region would not be possible without the support of our generous donors. Thank you, Roberta, for your steadfast support and for making a difference in our community!

Tell us how you first got involved with United Way.

Several years ago I began donating to United Way through my workplace giving campaign. I returned to the Sacramento region six years ago and really got engaged with the work that United Way is doing.

What do you most relate to in the work that United Way California Capital Region does?

I relate most to the work that United Way does to support those that need a hand up. United Way is constantly there for the underserved and those whose needs are the greatest in our community.

What do you find most challenging about the work United Way is doing?

It is often hard to connect those who seek help with those who need the support. I have found that United Way is the key connector and give me a path to connect people to the resources they so desperately need.

What’s your personal philosophy on what should be done to end poverty in our region?

I am in a place in my life and career where I can give. And, it gives me kudos to spend my time helping others and providing opportunity for those who may not otherwise get that chance. I am a big believer in giving back and paying it forward.

What do you wish other people knew about United Way?

I wish other people knew about the broad scope of United Way and their willingness to plug you in where your passion is. United Way does a great job connecting you directly with your interests.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about donating or volunteering?

I often ask others to consider a choice: for the price of their morning Starbucks, they could feed a child who hasn’t eaten in 24 hours. Which of those choices feels better?

How would people describe you?

  • Always willing to listen and lend a helping hand
  • Direct
  • Action Jackson

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

I would be a Stock Broker on the floor of Wall Street.