Sacramento Artist to Paint Live for Women’s Empowerment

Sacramento artist David Garibaldi will paint to end homelessness on Oct. 26 at Capitol Plaza Ballroom for a performance art fundraiser benefiting Sacramento nonprofit Women’s Empowerment. He will create and auction off three art pieces, as well as a private studio experience. David Garibaldi Live, which is sponsored by Umpqua Bank, McCreery’s Home Furnishings, Western Management and iHeartMedia, will run 6:30-8:30 p.m. and will include premium wine and hors d’oeuvres, as well as a chance to hear how Women’s Empowerment is ending homelessness for women and children in Sacramento.

Tickets are $125 per person. Forty VIP tickets are available for $175 per person and include a private reception with Garibaldi before the event. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.womens-empowerment.org.

“David Garibaldi has a beautiful way of creating not only fantastic artwork, but an exciting and moving experience for his audience,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “We are honored that he wants to use his unique gift to make sure women in Sacramento can overcome homelessness by finding steady work and safe homes for their families,”

Garibaldi grew up in South Sacramento and became well-known when he won fourth place on “America’s Got Talent” in 2012. Since then, he has raised more than $1 million for charities across the world through his live paintings that transform a blank black canvas into pop art icons.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, Women’s Empowerment was recently featured on NBC’s TODAY Show and on CNN.com for offering the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. The 2014 Organization of the Year has graduated 1,367 homeless women and their 3,500 children. Last year, 93 percent of graduates found homes and 83 percent found jobs or enrolled in school or training. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures. Women’s Empowerment is funded through private donations from the community and receives no government funding except for in-kind rent from the County of Sacramento. To make a donation: www.womens-empowerment.org. 

United Way Launches 20-Year Project to End Poverty

Through a Facebook Live video this morning, United Way California Capital Region announced that all of its work for the next 20 years will focus on ending poverty by increasing the number of local kids who graduate from high school prepared for success in college and beyond. United Way’s Square One Project will bring together the organization’s work over the last decade as the project focuses on educational milestones for children and the resources they need to succeed in school, including early literacy support, access to nutritious food, stable homes, support systems and more.

“This is our most ambitious project in our 90-year-history,” said Stephanie Bray, president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “If we want to see real change happen in our community, we have to break the cycle of poverty that’s passed down from one generation to another. There is one place in the community where we can do that best – and that’s school.”

Sacramento-area kids who graduate from college are 62 percent less likely to live in poverty than those who drop out of high school, according to United Way and the nonprofit Corporation for Enterprise Development. United Way’s Square One Project is bringing together community leaders, schools, government, nonprofits, volunteers and donors across five counties to make sure kids stay in school, stay on track, have high expectations for what they can achieve, and have strong support systems.

United Way is launching the Square One Project through a partnership with Robla School District in Sacramento. To make sure kids can come to school every day, United Way and Robla School District are providing case managers at schools through a grant to help the 500 homeless families in the district secure stable housing and other support. United Way’s Healthy Meals ensures kids have enough to eat in their after-school programs so they have fuel for their brains. United Way also is providing tutors to help kids meet reading and math milestones so they stay on track. United Way’s Young Leaders Society is helping families start saving for higher education by raising matching funds for college savings accounts so that kids have high expectations of continuing school.

“We’re excited to be one of the first school districts where the Square One Project has launched,” said Ruben Reyes, superintendent, Robla School District. “This is a district with a lot of need, but a lot of awesome kids who are going to do amazing things in our community, thanks to our work with United Way.”

Through the Square One Project, United Way also will work with school districts throughout Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties to fill gaps in resources so kids have the best chance at success.

“We know ending poverty starts in school, but it’s going to take whole communities to make this happen across our region,” Bray said. “I hope everyone will find their way to join us at Square One so kids can create a better life for themselves, their community and the next generation.”

To donate or volunteer for United Way’s Square One Project, visit www.squareoneproject.org.

“Screw ALS” With Fall Winery Tour Fundraiser

Screw ALS logo with black corkscrew and wine colored circle

Enjoy free wine tastings and other perks at 50 wineries across the region at your leisure this fall as part of The ALS Association Greater Sacramento Chapter’s “Screw ALS” local passport winery tour fundraiser that will take place September through November.

“Every drop adds up, and after the profoundly successful national Ice Bucket Challenge to cure ALS, you might say we’re turning water into wine,” said Amy Sugimoto, executive director, The ALS Association Greater Sacramento Chapter. “We wanted to create a Sacramento fundraiser that would be exciting and fun while also raising awareness about ALS and funds to support the thousands of people affected by the disease in this region.”

“Screw ALS” will offer a limited number of VIP Passports through November. Passports cost $45 and will include free wine tasting, a free appetizer if available and special wine club pricing on all purchases the day of the visit. Guests will have access to wineries across Amador, Auburn, El Dorado, Lincoln, Lodi and the Old Sugar Mill. Select wineries will host winemaker dinners and private barrel tasting events. First 100 passport holders will receive a souvenir wine glass. For a list of participating wineries or to purchase a VIP Passport, visit www.screwals.org.

The ALS Association is leading the fight to treat and cure ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with the disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support. The local chapter of the organization best known for its Ice Bucket Challenge fundraiser serves 24 Northern California counties. To make a donation, visit www.alssac.org.

Dress as a Superhero for Sacramento Life Center Walk May 14

Sacramento Life Center's Heroes Walk for Life

Local residents are invited to dress up as their favorite superheroes and join Sacramento Life Center’s Heroes Walk for Life on May 14 at Maidu Park in Roseville from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The 2K and 5K walk and fun run will raise funds for free pregnancy services at the Sacramento Life Center, benefiting low-income pregnant women and teens. The family-friendly event will include a rally, toddler dash, costume contest, bounce houses, a carnival and more. Registration is $25, but free for kids ages 12 and under. For more information, to sign up or to make a donation, visit www.saclife.org or www.walkingheroes.org.

“This is a great opportunity for families, individuals and teams to be heroes for mothers and babies in need of care,” said Marie Leatherby, executive director, Sacramento Life Center. “This will be a fun day celebrating the amazing work being done in our community to ensure low-income pregnant women and teens are well cared for.”

The Sacramento Life Center’s mission is to offer compassion, support, resources and free medical care to women and couples facing an unplanned or unsupported pregnancy. The Sacramento Life Center’s licensed Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic includes a primary clinic and two Mobile Medical Clinics that provide all services for free, including pregnancy testing, STI testing, ultrasounds, advocacy for men and women, education and resource referrals. The nonprofit also offers a school-based teen education program, a 24-hour hotline and a program for women seeking support after having an abortion. For more information about the Sacramento Life Center’s Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic, visit www.svpclinic.com. For more information about the Sacramento Life Center or to make a donation, visit www.saclife.org.

Tickets on Sale for Women’s Empowerment Gala

Women's Empowerment graduates meet KCRA's Eileen Javora who emceed last year's Gala.

Community members are invited to the 15th Anniversary Celebration of Independence Gala that benefits Women’s Empowerment, a local nonprofit job training and empowerment program for women who are homeless and their children. The event, which raises funds for the organization and honors the group’s 1,322 graduates, will take place 5:30-8:30 p.m. on May 19 at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento. Guests will mingle with graduates from the program and enjoy a formal dinner, live and silent auctions, live music and presentations from the graduates.

Tickets are $100. Those who cannot attend, or wish to contribute more, can sponsor a graduate to attend the event. For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, call (916) 669-2307 or visit www.womens-empowerment.org.

“This event is like no other in Sacramento,” said Lisa Culp, executive director of Women’s Empowerment. “Rarely will you attend a fundraiser where donors and community members have the chance to meet and talk with women who have overcome homelessness. It’s our largest fundraiser of the year, but it’s also a night filled with laughter, tears and joy as we celebrate the incredible women who have shared their journeys with us.”

Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, Women’s Empowerment was recently featured on NBC’s TODAY Show and CNN’s Impact Your World for offering the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. The 2014 Organization of the Year has graduated 1,322 homeless women and their 2,750 children. Last year, 93 percent of graduates found homes and 83 percent found jobs or enrolled in school or training. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures. Women’s Empowerment is funded solely through private donations from the community. To donate online: www.womens-empowerment.org.

Baby baskets needed for low-income new moms by Dec. 31

Sacramento Life Center client receives a baby basket donated by the community.

As local women and teens spend the holidays preparing to become new moms in the coming year, the Sacramento Life Center is holding its annual Baby Basket Drive through Dec. 31 so it can continue to provide a basket of needed items to every patient who gives birth in 2016. Donations can be made online at www.saclife.org. Gifts can be made in any increment, but a donation of $50 buys one basket, which includes formula, diapers, newborn clothes, pacifiers and more.

“Our patients may come in for a pregnancy test, but they leave with a strong support system and resources,” said Marie Leatherby, executive director. “We want to encourage women and teen girls and their partners that they are capable of caring for a child, and we understand the hurdles that they often face – sometimes as simple as wondering if they will be able to afford diapers. These baby baskets give new moms a boost of confidence and needed supplies.”

The Sacramento Life Center’s mission is to offer compassion, support, resources and free medical care to women and couples facing an unplanned or unsupported pregnancy. The Sacramento Life Center’s licensed Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic includes a primary clinic and two Mobile Medical Clinics that provide all services for free, including pregnancy tests, STD tests, ultrasounds, peer counseling for men and women, education and resource referrals. The nonprofit also offers a school-based teen education program, a 24-hour hotline and a program for women seeking support after having an abortion. For more information about the Sacramento Life Center’s Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic, visit www.svpclinic.com. For more information about the Sacramento Life Center or to make a donation, visit www.saclife.org.

 

Help Fill Holiday Stockings for Formerly Homeless Women and Children

Women's Empowerment graduate receives holiday stocking

You can bring smiles to formerly homeless women and children this holiday season by contributing to Women’s Empowerment’s annual Holiday Stocking Drive. The group is seeking 250 stockings and specific fillers for local infants and toddlers, children, teens and adult women. For the list of items needed, visit www.womens-empowerment.org. Those interested also can donate $30 to have a volunteer elf fill a stocking or donate Target gift cards. Items are needed by Dec. 8 and can be dropped off at 1590 North A Street, Sacramento. For more information, contact Kate Towson at kate@womens-empowerment.org or (916) 669-2307.

“There’s nothing like seeing the joy of children and women once homeless now receiving their very own holiday stockings filled with fun and necessary items to keep them warm and healthy this winter,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “Coming together as a community to bring joy to these families is a fantastic way to show them they are an important part of our community.”

Recently featured on NBC’s TODAY Show, Women’s Empowerment offers the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. The 2014 Organization of the Year has graduated 1,271 homeless women and their 2,700 children. Last year, 89 percent of graduates found homes and 88 percent found jobs or enrolled in school or training. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures. Women’s Empowerment is funded solely through private donations from the community. To donate online: www.womens-empowerment.org.

Sacramento Walk for Life to Help Low-Income Pregnant Women

Sacramento Walk for Life

Local residents are invited to participate in the annual Sacramento Walk for Life on May 30 at Maidu Park in Roseville from 9-11:30 a.m. The 2K walk and fun run will raise funds for free pregnancy services at the Sacramento Life Center and Alternatives Pregnancy Center, benefiting low-income pregnant women and teens. The family-friendly event will include a rally, bounce houses, face painting, balloons and food from Squeeze Inn, Jamba Juice and kettle corn vendors. Radio stations KLOVE and Air 1 will be on site for entertainment.

“This is a great opportunity for families, individuals and teams to come out and walk for mothers and babies in need of care,” said Marie Leatherby, executive director, Sacramento Life Center. “This will be a fun day celebrating the amazing work being done in our community to ensure low-income pregnant women and teens are well cared for.”

Registration is $25, but free for kids ages 12 and under. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and each participant will receive a free t-shirt. Water will be provided. Online registration ends May 22. For more information, to sign up or to make a donation, visit www.sacramentowalkforlife.org.

Tickets on sale for Women’s Empowerment’s annual Gala

Women's Empowerment Gala

Community members are invited to the 14th Annual Celebration of Independence Gala that benefits Women’s Empowerment, a local nonprofit job training and empowerment program for women who are homeless and their children. The event, which raises funds for the organization and honors the group’s 1,223 graduates, will take place 5:30-8:30 p.m. on May 14 at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento. Guests will mingle with graduates from the program and enjoy a formal dinner, live and silent auctions, live music and presentations from the graduates.

Tickets are $100. Those who cannot attend, or wish to contribute more, can sponsor a graduate to attend the event. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, call (916) 669-2307 or visit www.womens-empowerment.org.

“Not only is this event an opportunity to celebrate the growing number of women who are overcoming homelessness each year, but it’s our largest fundraiser and a chance to bring our entire community together to help end homelessness one woman – one family – at a time,” said Lisa Culp, executive director.”

Women’s Empowerment offers the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. The 2014 Organization of the Year has graduated 1,223 homeless women and their 2,648 children. Last year, 89 percent of graduates found homes and 88 percent found jobs or enrolled in school or training. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures. Women’s Empowerment is funded solely through private donations from the community. To donate online: www.womens-empowerment.org.

Young professionals raise $4K for schools at United Way fundraiser

Brews and Brains fundraiser

As 125 Sacramento-area young professionals worked together to solve trivia questions over beers at Yolo Brewing Company, they also exceeded their goal of raising $3,000 to increase access to healthy drinking water at Sacramento elementary schools. United Way’s recent Young Leaders Society Brews & Brains event raised more than $4,000 toward the group’s Hydration Station Initiative, which will fund the purchase and installation of hydration stations in target schools, provide every student at the school with a reusable water bottle, and educate students on the importance of drinking water and using water resources wisely during the California drought.

“There was so much energy in the room as we enjoyed solving trivia questions, drinking beer and eating from Fuzion Eatz food truck – all while raising substantial funding to make sure kids in our area have access to drinking water throughout their day,” said Dustin Humes, chair, United Way’s Young Leaders Society.

Thirty-two percent of youth in the region are overweight or obese so United Way California Capital Region and its partners are working to reduce the number of overweight people in the region by 20 percent. To assist in reaching this goal, United Way’s Young Leaders Society is focusing on ensuring students have access to water as a healthy beverage, and education about why water is such a valuable resource to protect. The group’s goal is to raise $25,000 for the project in 2015. To make a donation or to join United Way’s Young Leaders Society, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org/young-leaders-society.

United Way’s Young Leaders Society is a diverse group of young professionals ages 21-40 that is focused on philanthropy and service in the greater Sacramento region. Members are committed to investing in health and education opportunities for students by volunteering their time, mobilizing social networks and raising money for a specific community impact project.

For more than 90 years, United Way California Capital Region has brought together nonprofits, businesses, donors, volunteers, community leaders and more to meet the community’s greatest needs, give immediate aid and find lasting solutions for future generations. United Way mobilizes members of the community to be first responders in repairing the education level, financial stability and health of everyone in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties through donation and volunteer opportunities. To donate or volunteer, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org.