The Rocklin church gave away 500 backpacks filled with items including rulers, paper and binders to help students start the school year with the supplies they need. The giveaway event at a park also featured water slides and a barbecue.

Softball has brought 86 teams of school-aged girls from five states to the playing fields of Roseville and Lincoln this week. It has also brought an estimated $3 million to $5 million worth of business.

Ten percent of this coffee house’s profits go to Courage Worldwide, a Rocklin-based organization that provides shelter and aid to victims of sex trafficking and child prostitution. The shop’s slogan: “Drink great coffee. Change the world.”

Upcoming fundraising events include Off to the Races and After Hours.

Sacramento-area residents gave more than $1 billion to churches and charities each year during 2011 and 2012, but some communities donated significantly more of their incomes than others, the latest IRS data show.

Rancho Cordova Police Sgt. Steve Dutra was the recipient of the “Service Above Self” award from Sacramento Rotary. Dutra, a member of the department’s Problem Oriented Policing detail, oversees the Rancho Cordova Police Athletic League and supervises the school resources officer program. Dutra donated the $1,000 that came with the award to PAL.

A young man walks into the newly opened Sheriff Service Center in Carmichael. His car was burglarized. He describes a video taken from his dash cam that shows a man breaking the window. With a concerned look and a reassuring manner, Louise Throne takes down his information and files an incident report.

As Jamie, 6, and Jordan, 5, made their way down a church camp chow line recently, the choices were abundant – hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, taco salad, potato salad, garden salad, watermelon and cookies for days.

A Sacramento man has donated 13,000 books to the Friends of the Arden-Dimick Library, the largest donation the organization has ever received and one that includes works spanning topics from the Civil War to women’s studies.

Upcoming fundraising events include a golf ball drop and an Aggie wine-pairing.

Local highway patrol officers will donate a dolls, footballs, bicycles and assorted toys Wednesday to help needy children in the greater Sacramento region.

Ya’Shalan Nelson, a Sacramento State student, was the winner of Your Roadmap to Success video contest sponsored by Higher One, a company that partners with universities to improve graduation rates. The videos were judged on quality, creativity, clarity and completeness.

The scent of pine trees energizes the air at the Salvation Army’s Del Oro Music Camp in Nevada City. Joseph Brown calls out chords for a group of campers in a guitar lesson while assisting instructor Capt. David Kauffman. “Let’s give it a Cleveland ending,” says Kauffman and they reach skyward for a crescendo finish. Over the next few weeks, Brown will clean bathrooms and serve meals while working at the teen summer camp but says his real passion lies in fellowship with others. Growing up in a rough neighborhood in Oakland, the 16-year-old struggled with failing grades and drinking. His family became homeless and went into a shelter program at the Salvation Army. It was there where he found God and a renewed purpose in life, he says. “Before, I tried so hard to have a thug mentality but it just didn’t work for me,” he said. “Now I have the opportunity to connect with others who come from where I come from.”

Upcoming fundraising events include

Smiling with pride, Alexandra Godsil assembles her first Get A Job Kit during a job-training program at Women’s Empowerment, an organization that helps homeless women rebuild their lives and gain the skills and confidence needed to find employment.

The Ronald McDonald House on the UC Davis Medical Center campus will add 20 bedrooms for families of children being treated at area hospitals.

Upcoming fundraising events include a safari-theme evening for the Africa Hope Fund.

Upcoming fundraising events include Summer Soiree for Wind Youth Services.

The month-long National Suit Drive begins today with the goal of procuring professional clothing for homeless men and women in the Sacramento area.

A patriotic teddy bear wearing a red, white and blue hat and bow tie is stuffed into a miniature sleeping bag made of velvety fleece. Next, a fuzzy lamb is cinched into a crocheted pouch as colorful as a Mexican fiesta. Jennifer Kimsey calls her project “Beanies in Bags,” and over the past five years she’s delivered 3,000 of these little critters to pediatric units at Mercy San Juan and Sutter Memorial as well as Shriners and UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Beneath the elevated light-rail tracks that run across busy Florin Road, Alicia Villasenor cleans the gang-related graffiti that is highly visible to motorists, pedestrians and Luther Burbank High School students. She’s among eight teens hired by the City of Sacramento for its yearlong graffiti abatement program.

Stanford Youth Solutions wine auction raised more than $100,000 for youth and families in crisis. Support and contributions of sponsors, donors, wineries, breweries and restaurants made the Vintage 2014 wine auction possible. A highlight was the story of a young woman whose life was transformed by Stanford and who was chosen as class president of her school.

Elk Grove McDonald’s franchise owner Steven Ramirez to chair the Ronald McDonald House Charities in 2015

A local U.S. Army veteran today received a refurbished vehicle from a Sacramento-area Caliber Collision repair shop, part of a Texas-based chain of repair centers. The presentation was made to Hector Ponce at the Sacramento-Antelope Caliber Collision outlet at 7407 Roseville Road.

The Rev. Dan Madigan, founder of the Sacramento Food Bank, will retire from the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento on Sunday after 50 years as a parish priest.

Upcoming events include Twilight Thursdays at the zoo and a golf tourney.

Rancho Cordova schools are accepting donations for “gently used” musical instruments for middle and high school students.

As part of an effort to earn his Little Dragon black belt, 7-year-old Cole Arnold is asking for backpacks, pencils, lined notebook paper, colored pencils and crayons to be dropped off at a donation box at the Sierra 2 office, 2791 24th St.

Nonprofit groups flocked Thursday to Senior Gleaners in Sacramento to load up on something every organization needs: toilet paper.

Upcoming fundraising events include the Beyond Wonderland soiree and the zoo’s King of Feasts.

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