Dustin Humes DJing at the YLS Brews & Brains event at Yolo Brewing Company

Dustin Humes, Volunteer
Find out why we're inspired by his commitment to serving the Sacramento community


This month we talked to one of our long time supporters, Dustin Humes. Dustin is the current Chair of United Way’s Young Leaders Society. He’s a loving husband, a father to an active two year old with another one on the way, and an avid volunteer. In what little free time he has, he enjoys golfing, offering his musical acumen to the general public as a wedding DJ, as well as bragging about his beautiful family. We’ve chosen Dustin to be our very first Volunteer Spotlight because of his long history with us and his commitment to serving the Sacramento community.

Community Engagement: Take us on a journey Dustin, how did you start working with United Way California Capital Region?

Dustin Humes: Well, it all began back in 2007 when I first moved to Sacramento for a new job. I was given a great opportunity to take a Chair role in my prior company’s United Way Campaign. Since then, I have always been involved with our local United Way. I found that the United Way Impact Areas of Education, Income and Health really resonate with me personally as I have friends and family members that have a need for one or more of these supporting platforms. And fast forward to now, as a father, the areas of Education and Health in our local community really hits home for me as I want what any parent would want for their children, access to healthy drinking water and opportunities to learn about healthy eating habits, as well as a sound quality education.

CE: How are you helping us impact our local community?

DH: I have been given a great opportunity to Chair United Way’s Young Leaders Society. I am so excited for what the future holds for this group of very talented and driven young professionals. We are currently fundraising for our YLS Hydration Station Initiative, which is going great thus far.

CE: What do you do when you’re not working with us?

DH: I recently took a new job that has me working from home and in the field which I very excited about. I am also still learning the ropes of what it takes to be a great father to my children… I think my wife would say that I am doing a pretty darn good job so far!

CE:What’s your favorite experience/story from your service?

DH: I have to say the YLS Brews & Brains event was to put it simply… awesome! I can’t stop talking to people about the turn out, the amount of money we raised ($4,000 dollars!) and just the good times we had coming together for such a great cause.The whole project was a great team effort. It makes me so proud to say that I am a YLS member.

CE: Tell us something that inspires you!

DH: Honestly, because of a recent change with my job, and a second child on the way, I was having to re-evaluate my work/life balance which included several volunteer opportunities that I was currently engaged in. My experience with YLS and meeting so many kind-hearted people has inspired me to the Nth degree. From a volunteering prospective, I knew that my top priority was to stay involved with our Young Leaders Society.  We have just scratched the surface on what this group of talented young professionals can accomplish when we put our heads together…sky’s the limit!

CE: Last but not least! What’s your favorite quote?

DH: Right now, it’s a little saying by Theodore Roosevelt, “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

Are you a young professional interested in making a difference? Learn more about YLS and the Hydration Station Initiative!