Help United Way Stuff the Bus!
By Laura Braden Quigley
For over nine decades, the United Way CA Capital Region has been serving the larger Sacramento area (Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties) by fighting “for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community.”
Nearly 17 percent of the population of Sacramento County – and 1/4 of our kids – live below the poverty line, and one in 10 children won’t graduate from high school. We also know that Sacramento area kids who graduate from college are 62 percent (!!) less likely to live in poverty than those who drop out of high school.
United Way thinks we can do better. They recently launched the “Square One Project” to focus on one key element in the fight to end poverty – increasing the number of kids who graduate from high school prepared for success in college and beyond. And per Comstock’s, “the emphasis is on the 5 percent of kindergarteners who don’t attend school; on guaranteeing grade-level reading for all students; ensuring all students have a path to college; and helping families with everything from financial planning to food security.”
And you can help!
United Way is currently collecting school supply donations for the Robla District in North Sacramento, which is comprised of Title I schools with a high percentage of children from low-income families. They’ll be distributed to the kids in January 2018 to ensure they have enough for the full school year. The campaign ends on September 22 at their annual Day of Caring event.
There are four (EASY) ways to help:
- Donate $10 online. All proceeds will go towards purchasing school supplies and backpacks for Stuff the Bus.
- Shop United Way’s Amazon list and have the school supplies sent right to them.
- Use this shopping list to purchase supplies and drop them off at United Way’s office (10389 Old Placerville Rd.) or at Cal Expo on September 22.
- Host a school supply drive in your office. They’ve put together a helpful toolkit on how to get started.
Give early, give often! xoxo