Exposures: I Care: Donations absorb costs for nonprofits

An Enterprise moving truck pulled into the circular driveway at the main entrance to Cal Expo on a cool, breezy morning Thursday. As the rear metal door rolled up, Grace Kim Shin stood ready to help unload more than 21,000 rolls of toilet paper stacked inside. She passed the packaged paper down a brigade of helping hands to form a giant wall of TP along the curb.

Shin, a group human relations manager with Enterprise Holdings, the parent of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, volunteers every year at United Way California Capital Region’s annual toilet paper drive.

Enterprise’s Sacramento group started its toilet-paper-collection effort a month ago, holding employee contests and offering incentives to beat last year’s total of 20,000 rolls. “I know that employees feel good about it,” said Shin. “It’s good to be a part of the community.”

United Way collected 161,058 rolls of toilet paper this year to be distributed to 160 local nonprofits, helping to offset their costs for the essential item. “The dollars that are saved can go back into the programs and services that our nonprofits are delivering into the community,” said Stephanie Bray, United Way president and CEO.

To suggest a community volunteer for the I Care column, contact Lezlie Sterling at lsterling@sacbee.com

To suggest a community volunteer for the I Care column, contact lsterling@sacbee.com