June 19, 2014; Merced Sun-Star

NPQ is interested in the things that United Ways are doing to make themselves useful as workplace giving gives way, at least in part. So we noted that in Sacramento yesterday, the United Way distributed 161,058 rolls of toilet paper that it collected from the community in this year’s sixth annual Toilet Paper Drive. The toilet paper is for use by 160 nonprofits in Sacramento, Amador, El Dorado, Placer, and Yolo counties.

Kaila Ricci, senior manager of marketing and events for United Way, commented “Nonprofits spend thousands of dollars every year on this necessary item, so instead they can spend those dollars on life-changing and vital services that help people,” Ricci said.

NPQ agrees with this, and we are sure that shelters, daycare organizations, and health centers were all happy for the practical help, especially as opposed to offers to re-engineer the emphases of local giving. Now, where to store that stuff?—Ruth McCambridge