United Way California Capital Region is excited to host the 5th
annual Toilet Paper Drive! In effort to create awareness of the
growing demand for services faced by many local nonprofits, we
are cutting their toilet paper costs. On Thursday, June 13 we
will be at Cal Expo collecting toilet paper from 7 a.m. – 7
p.m. Choose your roll to help us hit our goal!
DONATE toilet paper, toilet paper, and
more toilet paper. Roll this news out to your friends, family,
co-workers and get them to donate toilet paper. It’s fun and a
simple way to give back. You
can also donate online!
VOLUNTEER to work a three-hour shift at
Cal Expo the day of the drive. There’s truly something for
everyone and all ages are welcome! Simply submit the volunteer
I’ve been lying to myself for years. I always thought that
I was much more interesting than I actually am.
Fortunately, my child has rid me of that hair-brained assumption
—he is at the truthful, critical age of 11, and doesn’t really
try to sugar-coat his observations. It’s possible that he’s
right—he thinks I spend too much time thinking about “boring”
things. Upon reflection, I get it—I do talk about money a
lot. How much does that cost? Where’s the cheapest
gas? What’s on sale? Where’s the change I left in my car?
They want how much? Is it worth it? When do I get
paid? Those shoes cost $150, really? Have we saved
enough for vacation? Have I maximized my 403b
account? What’s my liquid asset situation? What’s my
credit score? Shopping at Goodwill is chic now, right? Not
exactly stimulating conversation topics. And, when I’m not
talking about money, I’m talking about my weight, getting older,
what I’m going to make for dinner for my family, what’s growing
in my garden, and how I’m going to hang out with friends this
weekend; maybe a little more interesting, but barely.
You know what I’m talking about, right? They say two things
in life are for sure—death and taxes. I know that I’ll
eventually have to pay the reaper and the IRS, so what can I do
to prepare me to make those things less painful?
Well, I try really hard to practice what I preach—and if you know
me, I do preach! I am the Program Officer for two of our
three focus areas: Health and Income. I work toward a healthy lifestyle,
try to work in exercise and make healthy meals, my husband and I
work together on a realistic budget, save for retirement and our
son has had his own savings account since he’s been 5. When I
slip, I have resources to help me get back on track, the fitness
pro at the gym, my mom, or our financial advisor.
Thank goodness I have those resources (especially Mom!) But what
if I didn’t know who to ask? Or worse, what if I didn’t know what
to ask or have the confidence or understanding that I can have my
health and be financially sound, even if I have too much month
left at the end of the money? That’s where my life intersects
with my work.
Our towel/toiletry/luggage drive for local foster youth was
a huge success! We collected 446 towel sets, hundreds
of toiletry items and 41 pieces of luggage. Thank you to
everyone who participated!
See pictures from the event.
United Way California Capital Region certified nonprofit partner
YMCA Superior California is hosting their annual Project 500 Work
Party. They are seeking to complete 500 hours of volunteer
service in one day. This is a fun day in the High Sierra with
fresh air, fellowship, great food and helping the Y!
I’m the official mascot of the United Way Toilet Paper Drive! I’m
here to join your adventures. I can go anywhere! Take a picture
with me and share your photo on our Facebook page or tag us on
Twitter at @unitedwayccr. Don’t forget to mention #TPdrive!
I can’t wait to see where this year will take me. With your
support we can reach our goal of collecting 190,000 rolls to help
our local nonprofits spend money where it matters and NOT on
Download your very own T.P. mascot from the link below.
Tanya Arambula (left) LIVES UNITED by focusing on God and being
my brother’s keeper and Mary Beth Pilon LIVES UNITED by helping
to improve and enrich the lives of children who have lost a loved
one by supporting them in their everyday lives
Rick Jennings LIVES UNITED by teaching boys manhood development
principles, by teaching men to be responsible, loving and caring
fathers and husbands as well as being an overall positive role
model in the community.
Jim McDaniel LIVES UNITED by volunteering on United Way’s Impact
Council, leading the United Way campaign at Allied and making
financial contributions to other nonprofits that make a
difference in the lives of people in our community.
Genevieve Shiroma LIVES UNITED by donating through United Way to
help those in need, volunteering on the Capital Unity Council to
reduce violence in schools and supporting health care for those
who otherwise have none by supporting Planned Parenthood.
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