Areas We Serve

Our United Way serves the counties of Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo. We are committed to making sure children in all of these communities are ready for success in college and a good life. Visit these county pages to find out what’s happening in specific counties.

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United Way AmeriCorps VISTA writes book
'Creating Tailwinds in America's Heartland'

Fifty years after he served as a VISTA community organizer in Texas, Michael Rooke-Ley retired from his career as a law professor. But his commitment to fighting the war on poverty didn’t end there. Disheartened by the deepest and most extreme disparity of wealth and opportunity in our lifetimes, Michael signed up for another year as a VISTA with United Way in Woodland. 


Service Referral Information
Need services in Yolo county?

2-1-1 is a free, confidential referral and information helpline and website that connects people from our communities, no matter what language they speak or where they live, to the essential health and human services they need.

2-1-1 is only three numbers, but they can connect you to countless services. Real people and real help is just a phone call away. See below for resources for all five counties we serve. 

Yolo County
For information on services call call 2-1-1 for free or visit 211 Yolo


Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Free books for kids in Yolo County

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By reading regularly to your children during preschool years, you are giving them a big boost toward a successful education.

With the help of local community partners in Yolo County, your local United Way is helping children in Yolo County build home libraries at no cost through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Each month, a new book is mailed directly to your child’s home every month for a year until their 5th birthday. 


Woodland Holiday Market delivers holiday spirit to families in need

On December 12, United Way hosted a holiday market at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Woodland for local families in need. Parents were invited to shop the market for free and select from donated gifts for their children. 

Due to the generosity of more than 25 local donors, a team of 20 United Way volunteers helped share over 300 holiday presents to 70 local kids. 

Woodland Bayer Grant Presentation

United Way receives $10,000 Bayer Fund Grant For Woodland KinderCamp Program

Bayer Fund has awarded a $10,000 grant to Woodland United Way to support KinderCamp, a free summer program for incoming kindergarteners in Woodland who have not had the opportunity to attend preschool. Bayer Woodland employees nominated United Way for the grant from Bayer Fund, the philanthropic arm of Bayer that is focused on strengthening the communities where Bayer customers and employees live and work by providing funding for food and nutrition, education and community development projects.

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United Way California Capital Region Merges with Woodland United Way
Merger will increase community impact throughout the region

After a year of exploration, community meetings and preparation, Woodland United Way and United Way California Capital Region have officially merged.
The new organization operates under the United Way California Capital Region name. Both groups’ boards of directors unanimously approved the merger earlier this month. The merged United Way California Capital Region maintains offices in Woodland and Sacramento. Woodland United Way executive director Lori Ross is now a staff member at United Way California Capital Region directing its Yolo County programs from the Woodland office.    
Success Story

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Read about the the success of Cady's book club

For many low-income families, every dollar has to be stretched in order to put food on the table. Buying books for their children just may not be possible for some families. However, as studies show, nourishing children’s minds with literature greatly improves their performance in school. And there is no better place to start than at home.