At Enterprise Rent-A-Car it was all about toilet paper rolls and knocking them over on Friday in Roseville.
Enterprise was kicking off their toilet paper drive in preparation of United Way’s 6th Annual Toilet Paper Drive that takes place 7 am – 7 pm June 12 at Cal Expo. Their goal is to collect 25,000 rolls. The toilet paper will be distributed to United Way’s 160 certified nonprofit partners in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties.
“Enterprise really puts some fun into the event by doing some activity that leads up to the annual toilet drive,” said Crystal Richardson, Senior Director of Resource Development. Employees are awarded with a barbecue and some fun.
Richardson explained that they do the toilet paper drive to support the local community. So many of their nonprofit partners end up spending about one dollar per roll throughout the year.
“The toilet paper drive helps them to put more money into programs instead of expensive toilet paper,” Richardson explained.
Randy Gregg, Business Rental Sales Director at Enterprise Corporate headquarters, is the lead person for the Enterprise-Sacramento toilet paper drive.
“In the Sacramento area there are about 1,000 employees at Enterprise,” said Gregg. “The branch locations are doing the same event as we are here at corporate.”
By the end of the day, over 10,000 rolls had been delivered from the branch offices.
“We all take toilet paper for granted, but our non-profit partners sure don’t,” said Stephanie McLemore, United Way president and CEO. “At a dollar a roll, this drive will help more than a hundred nonprofits save $240,000. Every dollar counts, and so does every roll. Together, we can make sure nonprofits have the resources to do what they do best – change peoples lives.”
Funds saved by nonprofit toilet paper expenses can buy:
TLCS, Inc.’s Palmer Apartments Interim Housing: $7,520
1 month of meals for 113 people who are homeless with psychiatric disabilities
Atkinson Family Services: $7,000
12 foster families receive toilet paper, 6 group homes and one school have extra activities
Lutheran Social Services of Northern California: $6,000
6 sets of basic furnishings for formerly homeless clients moving into housing
Sacramento Loaves and Fishes’ Maryhouse Program: $3,780
1,890 hot breakfasts for homeless women, children and fathers
Wellspring Women’s Center: $3,500
1,794 nutritious breakfasts for seniors, homeless, impoverished and disabled
Child Abuse Prevention Center: $3,000
60 car seats for infants and young children to keep them safe from injury or death
Wind Youth Services: $2,500
3 months of breakfast and lunch 5 days a week for 25 homeless youth at drop-in center
Women’s Empowerment: $1,500
500 bus passes for women who are homeless to travel to job interviews
Sacramento Life Center: $1,300
80 free pregnancy tests and free counseling for low-income women and teen girls
Yolo Community Care Continuum: $1,100
6 months of utilities for one household of people struggling with mental illness
Area 4 Agency on Aging’s Sacramento Senior Safe House: $936
10 safe overnight stays for abused and neglected seniors
Greater Sacramento Urban League: $640
12 textbooks for low-income GED students
River City Food Bank: $600
5 full days of nutritious food for 25 families
United Way’s goal is to collect 240,000 rolls of toilet paper on June 12 at Cal Expo. For more information or to find out how to donate, www.yourlocalunitedway.org.
Partners in United Way’s Toilet Paper Drive include FOX40, Sac-Val Janitorial, Clear Channel Media & Entertainment, Clear Channel Outdoor, The Sacramento Bee, Cal Expo, River City Printers and Senior Gleaners.