Trash Exists, Rain or Shine… so do Emerging Leaders
American River Parkway Clean-Up and Barbecue hosted by United Way's Emerging Leaders was a success!

United Way Event Young Professionals In Philanthropy & Service

Each year, several tons of trash are removed from the American River Parkway. On Saturday, June 4th United Way’s Emerging Leaders hosted a group of 25 volunteers from Emerging Leaders, IBM and the American River Parkway Foundation to make a difference in decreasing the amount of trash at Discovery Park in Sacramento while having some fun and networking with like-minded volunteers at the same time.

“Although the rain poured and the group was the only presence in the park, the amount of trash cleaned up looks more like a larger group on a nice day,” said Jef Spencer, volunteer from American River Parkway Foundation, who led the clean-up’s safety procedures and instructions. Check out the pictures of the trash collected and the group festively sporting ponchos in the rain. United Way Board Member Kim Hewitt of IBM, front and center in the group photo, said she had a wonderful time at a great event.

United Way’s Emerging Leaders brings young professionals and young-at-heart members of our community together to focus on philanthropy, leadership and networking. Upcoming events include a Summer Reception hosted by United Way’s Tocqueville society members on July 14th, the United Way Kick-Off at Raley Field on August 18th, Speaker Series in September, Tour of the Sacramento Bee in October, and a Holiday Gala at Lounge on 20 in November. For more information about these upcoming events or to find out more about becoming an Emerging Leader or another United Way Member group, visit Member Groups on our website or contact Brian Jones at